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.

Friday, July 20, 2012

July 20 Bible Reading: Isaiah Chapters 13-15

FINALLY, the PURPOSES of GOD will PREVAIL: The Lord of hosts has sworn, saying, "Surely, as I have thought, so it shall come to pass, and as I have purposed, so it shall stand: that I will break the Assyrian in My land, and on My mountains tread him underfoot. Then his yoke shall be removed from them, and his burden removed from their shoulders. This is the purpose that is purposed against the whole earth, and this is the hand that is stretched out over all the nations. For the Lord of hosts has purposed, and who will annul it? His hand is stretched out, and who will turn it back?" (Isaiah 14:24-27)

The above verses conclude the sectionthat begins from 13:1, of Isaiah’s prophecyabout God’s irresistible judgment over the whole earth (43:13).Having announced His judgment against Babylon, God now turns to other nations that would feel the fury of His anger. Next on His list was Assyria, the most threatening power in Isaiah’s day. God promised to “break the Assyrian in My land”(v. 25a). This prophecy was fulfilled literally in 701 B.C., even during the days of prophet Isaiah, when the Angel of the Lord annihilated 185,000 Assyrian soldiers after they had surrounded Jerusalem (see Isaiah 37:36–37).

However, the complete fulfillment of this prophecy will be during the Tribulation period when the king of the North is defeated as he attempts to sweep down over Immanuel’s land. This prophecy embraces the present world of all ages in its scope, of which the purpose concerning Babylon and Assyria, the then representatives of the world power, is but a part.

We can notice a further statementin verse 27 that God’s hand is still stretched out. This means that His hand of judgment is still coming against the nations for their rebellion against Him. The fact that God has purposed means that man cannot annul what God has determined to bring to pass. This verse (27) is a worthy tribute to God’s ultimate plan and power!

Let us be assured in our hearts that finally, the purposes of God shall prevail, as we can see from some other passages in the Scripture: "Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done, saying, 'My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure,'" (Isaiah 46:10) "And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor relent. For He is not a man that He should relent" (1 Sam 15:29) "For I am the Lord, I do not change" (Mal. 3:6).

How does this prophecy affect us personally? We should understand that we have been created and placed on this earth to fulfill God’s purpose. "For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them." (Eph. 2:10)Each and every day God works in us and through us so that we will align with His ‘Master Plan’ for us: "for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure." (Phil. 2:13)

Let our daily prayer and desire be: "Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven." (Matt. 6:9-10)

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