"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, August 17, 2012

August 17 Bible Reading: Jeremiah Chapters 31-33

CALL upon GOD for ‘ANSWERS’ to ALL your ‘QUESTIONS’: Moreover the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah a second time, while he was still shut up in the court of the prison, saying, "Thus says the Lord who made it, the Lord who formed it to establish it (the Lord is His name): 'Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.'" (Jer. 33:1-3)

In this chapter we find the prophet Jeremiah shut up in the court of the prison, and in order to comfort him, the word of the Lord came to him saying, "Thus says the Lord" and gave him further glowing promises of restoration to Israel and Judah. Verse 1 indicates that this is a continuation of the prophecy given to Jeremiah earlier. Jerusalem will eventually be rebuilt and will be ruled by a righteous king!

Jeremiah did not understand how God could restore a nation that was destined for doom (32:24–25), so the Lord challenged the prophet to call to Him for understanding. God said He would then reveal “great and unsearchable things.” Only God can unlock the secrets of the future, and He offered this knowledge to Jeremiah. God had done amazing things in creation, and here prophet Jeremiah was invited to observe the unfathomable greatness of God’s work on behalf of His people!

When we relate this magnificent promise (v.3) into our lives, we can understand that the mysteries of eternity are available to us only through call the name of God. God pledges the unchanging faithfulness of His being for the fulfillment of His promises to His children. God is able to reveal that which has formerly been hidden, and He is committed to deliver and to preserve His people. "You have heard; see all this. And will you not declare it? I have made you hear new things from this time, even hidden things, and you did not know them." (Isaiah 48:6)

Where there is godless living (Isaiah 56:11, 12), lack of concern for others in their need (Isaiah 58:6–9), and carelessness with regard to the clear instructions of the Word of God (Isaiah 35:17), God cannot and will not hear the prayers of these wicked people. In fact, they stand in danger of divine judgment (Zech. 7:8–14). However, where the children of God maintain an intimate communion with God, then God will surely answer their call (see Job 13:22; 14:14, 15; Psalms 22:24, 25; 91:15; 102:1, 2; Isaiah 58:9; 65:24).

God wants us to come to Him for understanding and insight. All true wisdom ultimately begins with Him, as we read: "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom" (Prov. 1:7). Jeremiah 33:3 is popularly referred to as "The Golden Key of Prayer", and has three elements for our understanding:
  1. Call to God and He WILL answer us. For "whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved." (Romans 10:13)
  2. We do not know everything: our knowledge is imperfect. "For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways," says the Lord. "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts." (Isaiah 55:8-9)
  3. God will show us great and mighty things that we do not know. “Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out! For who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has become His counselor?" (Romans 11:33-34)
When we call upon God (one action), God does four actions in return:  God answers (‘I will answer you’), God reveals (‘and show you’), God demonstrates (‘great and mighty things’), and God surprises (‘which you do not know’). Today, let us call upon God for answers to all our questions!

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