"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, July 26, 2012

July 26 Bible Reading: Isaiah Chapters 31-33

It is ‘FOOLISHNESS’ not to TRUST in GOD ALONE: "Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help, and rely on horses, who trust in chariots because they are many, and in horsemen because they are very strong, but who do not look to the Holy One of Israel, nor seek the Lord!" (Isaiah 31:1)

In the above verse, prophet Isaiah turns his attention to those who would advocate a pro-Egyptian alliance for the protection of Judah, and announced condemnation upon them. Egypt was the greatest and most powerful empire during the days of Isaiah, and their greatest asset was their horses, chariots and horsemen. Their horses were swift, their chariots were many and their horsemen were strong. Together, they formed a formidable array of refuge and arsenal against the enemy!

However, when God looked at His own people (the Israelites); God saw that instead of trusting in His might and strength, they were going down to Egypt for help. Their sin was trusting in Egypt’s military might while refusing to seek help from God. Then, God responded by announcing He would oppose the wicked, and the Egyptians and the Judeans would experience military defeat at God’s hands.

In fact, Judah thought they could be delivered by the Egyptian horses, chariots and horsemen. God is against those who go to Egypt for help, who trust in horses, chariots and in horsemen for victory. Egypt will stumble, and Judah will fall for seeking help from ‘flesh and blood’. Egyptians are men and their horses are flesh, in contrast to God who is a Spirit. In other words, disaster awaits those who put their confidence in human and material strength, rather than in the Lord!

For their part, the Egyptians were only too eager to supply their neighbors to the north with military horses and chariots. But through Isaiah God warned His people about accepting such aid as the horses of Egypt can never take the place of the chariots of God. From God’s perspective, appealing to Egypt for military protection and help was a clear sign that His people were unwilling to trust Him.

Today, let us take a solemn pledge never to put our trust in humans, things or institutions but only put our trust in our Almighty God. Let us look to God alone for help during times of trouble, as the Psalmist did: "I will lift up my eyes to the hills--from whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth" (Psalms 121:1-2). Let us put our trust and confidence in God alone during every moment of our earthly existence!

"Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; but we will remember the name of the Lord our God." (Psalms 20:7) "It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in princes." (Psalms 118:8-9)

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