GETTING THE MOST FROM GOD'S WORD:

"Do NOT labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting LIFE..." - The Gospel of John 6:27 (NKJV)
A systematic and daily reading of the Word of God is important in maintaining a strong Christian life. Establish a daily quiet time with God and His Word. Pray that the Holy Spirit will help you understand what you read. By following our daily Bible reading schedule through this blog, you will be able to read the Bible through in a year. Please note that you may utilize the ‘BIBLE READER’ app that is installed at the bottom of this webpage to assist you in reading the specified scripture portion for today.

To get the MOST from God's Word, please do the following intentionally:
1. REQUEST God to connect with you as you read the word of God with FOCUS and OPENNESS to see what God wants to speak with you.
2. READ the selected sections of Scripture slowly as you mark the words and phrases that intrigue you, even reading them the second time to get a better understanding.
3. REFLECT on what God is communicating to you; stopping long enough to let the seed of God's Word take root in your heart.
4. RESPOND to the passage speaking directly to God about what is in your heart, and then look out for ways to live out what you find - individually, and to others within your church and elsewhere.

As you read and meditate, ask yourself the following three questions:
a) What is God speaking to me through this passage?
b) Is there a command, a promise or a warning for me?
c) Is there an example for me to follow?

Please POST your comments below if there is a thought or message that the Lord has spoken to you through the passage that you are reading and meditating today. Please make sure that your post is aligned to the scripture passage mentioned at the header. All comments should pertain to the relevant scripture portions only, and should be aimed to glorify God (the true author of 'The Bible') & edify everyone who visits this blog site daily - both young and old. May God bless you abundantly for encouraging others through your comments!

Let's PRAY...
LORD, give me the desire to take a little time out of my busy schedule today as I read and meditate on Your Word. Give me this day MY DAILY BREAD. Speak to me clearly & lead me today as my Good Shepherd. Help me to be a blessing to others who interact with me as I attempt to be a living witness of Your Word today. In Your Name I pray, AMEN.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

May 10 Bible Reading: 2 Chronicles Chapters 25-27

God will RECOMPENSE all our LOSSES on HIS ACCOUNT: But a man of God came to him, saying, "O king, do not let the army of Israel go with you, for the Lord is not with Israel--not with any of the children of Ephraim. But if you go, be gone! Be strong in battle! Even so, God shall make you fall before the enemy; for God has power to help and to overthrow." Then Amaziah said to the man of God, "But what shall we do about the hundred talents which I have given to the troops of Israel?" And the man of God answered, "The Lord is able to give you much more than this" (2 Chron. 25:7-9).

After establishing his throne and dealing with his father’s murderers according to the law, Amaziah, the king of Judah turned his attention to foreign affairs. The Edomites had rebelled against Judah during the reign of Jehoram (21:10), and now Amaziah wanted to bring them back under his rule. So he hired mercenaries from Israel by paying them 100 talents of money. However, after being warned by a man of God, he sent those Israelites home. Although he was concerned about losing the money he had already paid the mercenaries, he accepted the prophet’s assurance that the Lord was able to give him much more than his expenses (25:9).

God has unlimited resources, and He will make them available to us for all the losses that we carry in serving and obeying Him. In man’s economy, the law of supply and demand regulates the price paid for goods and services.  In times of oversupply, the prices go down; in times of shortage, the prices rise.  So, man’s economy fluctuates with the times and the seasons. God’s economy, however, has no shortages.  God’s supply always equals our need.  He does not want any of His people to have any lack, but rather, to “increase more and more” (see 1 Thess. 4:10-12).  When we give wholeheartedly to God and to His kingdom, we have just put ourselves into the position for increase!

We can never out give God.  No matter what we give to Him, He will multiply it back to us in an amount greater than what we have given Him!  By faith, we should expect to receive from God who is the source of all our blessings. We can be content knowing that our God is a ready resource for us when we put our trust in Him. We should never allow our money to decide whether we should obey God or not. We should be rest assured that God will supply all that we need to accomplish His will in our lives (Phil. 4:19).

Today, let us be rest assured that God will recompense all the losses that we make on His account as a result of obeying His word and following Him wholeheartedly. Even if we have to suffer on His account, we should rejoice for our reward is great in heaven. "For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us" (Romans 8:18).

"Blessed are you when men hate you, and when they exclude you, and revile you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of Man's sake. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy! For indeed your reward is great in heaven, for in like manner their fathers did to the prophets" (Luke 6:22-23).

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