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.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

August 2 Bible Reading: Isaiah Chapters 52-54

Even our FEET are ‘BEAUTIFUL’ when we SHARE the GOSPEL: How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who proclaims peace, who brings glad tidings of good things, who proclaims salvation, who says to Zion, "Your God reigns!" (Isaiah 52:7)

These verses announce the release of Israel from Babylonian captivity. While Israel was in captivity, God’s earthly sovereignty was not recognized, but when the Jews returned to rebuild their city, His earthly rule was reestablished. However, the day is coming when His rule will be reestablished for all eternity. The deliverance of Jerusalem (Zion) is a picture of the eventual redemption of the world by Jesus Christ!

The watchmen (v. 8) announce the coming of messengers with the good news (v. 7) that the Lord has bared His holy arm (v. 10) and delivered Jerusalem (v. 9). As a result, the Jews are commanded to leave their bondage, and the commands follow a progression: “Listen!” (51:1); “Awake!” (51:17; 52:1) and “Depart!” (52:11). Messengers run from the scene of battle across the hills to Zion with the good news that God reigns!

The theme of God’s deliverance for His people now reaches its greatest expression in Jesus Christ who will suffer for the sins of His people, and by extension that of the whole world. The prophet foresees the Millennium, when Jerusalem will once again be the holy city, and the uncircumcised and the unrighteous will no longer enter her gates. The vision is of the feet of the one who runs from the scene of battle across mountains to the city waiting for news (2 Sam. 18:26). The glorious message of this runner is salvation, meaning “victorious deliverance” (49:8). This is called the gospel or, good news or, glad tidings!

Prophet Isaiah is symbolically speaking about the evangelists will who announce the salvation message through the gospel of Jesus Christ! To bring good tidings means to “preach” or “carry good news.” It certainly anticipates the gospel of the New Testament that results in peace and salvation for one and all.

Paul quotes this verse in Romans 10:15 with direct reference to preaching the gospel: And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: "How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, who bring glad tidings of good things!" The good news of God’s message is that of peace and salvation, the basis of the name Jesus!

The good news of peace and salvation prophesied by Isaiah was effectively delivered by Jesus Christ. The gospel is good news for sinners who stand under the judgment of God! Through Jesus Christ, every sinner can have forgiveness of sins and peace with God (Acts 13:38; Rom. 5:1; 6:23), and this salvation is a free gift of God’s grace! (Eph. 2:3–9)

It is time for us to speak up and tell the world what God has done for His people! As Apostle Paul lists the heavenly armor to be put by us (see Eph. 6:15), can we put on our feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace today? If we are willing and serious about sharing this wonderful gospel, God finds even our feet to be beautiful in His sight!

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