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.

Monday, July 16, 2012

July 16 Bible Reading: Isaiah Chapters 1-3

We CANNOT exalt GOD when we are ‘PROUD’: "The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, and the Lord alone shall be exalted in that day. The loftiness of man shall be bowed down, and the haughtiness of men shall be brought low; the Lord alone will be exalted in that day" (Isaiah 2:11, 17)

Isaiah 2:6–22 speaks about God’s impending judgment on the pride of Jerusalem. The days of temporary peace will be preceded by God’s fiery judgment as the nation of Israel had turned from their true God to superstitious idolatry. The last days will reveal God’s judgment on the proud which will cause the people to abandon their worthless idols!

We see that verse 17 is repeated from verse 11 for emphatic confirmation about what God is planning to do in the future. The references to cedars, oaks, high mountains, hills, tower, wall, ships, and sloops are symbols of human sufficiency and strength. God will deal with all human arrogance, whether of individuals (cedars and oaks), governments (high mountains and hills), military might (tower and wall), or commerce (ships and beautiful sloops). It is clear from these verses that one day man’s loftiness will be leveled and God alone will be exalted!

The day of the Lord brings judgment on the godless, but blessing and salvation to the godly (Joel 2:31; Zeph. 1:7; 2:13–18). God will so vindicate His honor "in that day" of judgment that none else "shall be exalted" on that day (Zechariah 14:9).

Lofty looks are the outer manifestation of proud hearts. The refrain (vv. 11, 17) that God alone shall be exalted highlights the theme of this prophecy and describes the coming, glorious revelation of the risen and exalted Savior King. In that day the Savior will be exalted above all other proud contenders!

Remember, we cannot exalt God when we lift ourselves up in pride. Man’s pride will be brought low, and all that man lives for will be destroyed. God patiently waits as people rebel against the truth, but in the end, sin will be judged and the Lord will be exalted. Let us humble ourselves before God and people, so that God will exalt us in due season. "Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up" (James 4:10).

"For You will save the humble people, but will bring down haughty looks." (Psalms 18:27)

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