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.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

July 24 Bible Reading: Isaiah Chapters 25-27

The ‘ULTIMATE’ DEFEAT of SATAN is IMMINENT: "In that day the Lord with His severe sword, great and strong will punish Leviathan the fleeing serpent, Leviathan that twisted serpent; and He will slay the reptile that is in the sea." (Isaiah 27:1)

This final chapter of “Isaiah’s Apocalypse” (see 24:1-27:13) contains two eschatological happenings: God’s final overthrow of evil (v. 1) and His future dealings with Israel (vv. 2-13). The above verse in particular declares the sovereignty of God. Some commentators understand all three monsters (the fleeing serpent, the twisted serpent and the reptile) as picturing Satan, who energizes world powers. Satan appears early in Genesis 3:1 as a serpent and later in the Bible as a dragon (see Rev. 12:3; 13:2; 16:13).

In Canaanite mythology, Leviathan was the “monster of the sea” associated with chaos. In borrowing this imagery, Isaiah was painting a graphic picture of God’s destruction of His enemies and alludes to Satan, the ultimate “serpent”. Leviathan is described as unconquerable in Job 41 (see also Job 3:8 and Psalms 74:14). In view of the millennial context of this passage and the fact that Leviathan is also referred to as that crooked serpent (the dragon), the text indicates that Isaiah has the victory of the Lord over Satan in view (Rev 20:2). The context indicates that Isaiah has in view the final victory of God over Satan!

Furthermore, the Bible employs this image to denote evil, autocratic powers (Isaiah 30:7; 51:9; Ezek. 28:2; 32:2) and to assure the godly that the Lord will punish all such human expressions of power and resistance to His kingdom.

Let us be rest assured that the ultimate defeat of Satan is imminent and foretold clearly in the Holy Scriptures. We are on the winning side, and our Lord Jesus Christ will give us the final victory. He has already defeated the schemes of Satan on the cross as foretold in Genesis 3:15; and He will finally defeat Satan completely one day in the future (Rom. 16:20; Rev. 12:1–6). In the meantime, let us start living victoriously by trusting in Christ who will strengthen and lead us in this effort every day.

"Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place." (2 Cor 2:14) "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." (Phil. 4:13)

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