"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?

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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.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

August 22 Bible Reading: Jeremiah Chapters 46-48

EVERYONE who is ‘PROUD’ against GOD will be DESTROYED: “We have heard the pride of Moab (he is exceedingly proud), of his loftiness and arrogance and pride, and of the haughtiness of his heart. And Moab shall be destroyed as a people, because he exalted himself against the Lord.” (Jer. 48:29, 42)

In the above passage, the coming destruction of Moab is being directed by God Himself as a reward for her enormous ‘pride’ that she exhibited against God and other people. This kind of ‘pride’ refers to the self-indulging, self-honoring haughtiness by which one thinks of oneself as greater than others. Moab’s chief sin was pride, considering herself greater than the God of Israel!

Punishment would come to Moab due to self-exaltation against God and for despising the country of Israel (v. 27). Like an eagle, the enemies of Moab would swoop down and seize her, in its claws (v. 40). God reminded Moab of her eventual destruction because she defied Him. God would make sure that everyone living in Moab would feel the effects of her punishment.

The Moabites were proud of their national culture, their god Chemosh and their material wealth (48:7). However, God promised to humble them and in the process humiliate their false-god Chemosh (48:46). Moab will be made drunk with terror from God’s divine wrath (see 25:15–29), and was slated for invasion by Babylon through which all the Moabite cities would be destroyed. The once-proud people are exhorted to flee to remote hiding places for their lives! Their pride would be turned to fear and terror, and then the nation would be taken captive by the enemy.

With the simile of an unwanted pot (v. 38b), Jeremiah describes the destruction and discarding of Moab. Balaam’s oracles (in Num. 21:28–29) against Moab that were reiterated in verses 45–46 were now about to be fulfilled. The Moabites relied on a false god and trusted in their material wealth, so their god was captured and their wealth was plundered. They lost all their defenses! “How she is broken down!” (Jer. 48:39). This prophecy was fulfilled shortly after the demise of Judah, when Nebuchadnezzar’s troops overran that country.

Had Moab been broken before God in humility, she would not have been broken by God as a punishment! God hates pride (Prov. 6:16-17), and pride is sin. "A haughty look, a proud heart, and the plowing of the wicked are sin" (Prov. 21:4). "Everyone proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord" (Prov. 16:5). Let us understand that God opposes the proud people: "God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble" (James 4:6), and everyone who is proud against God (like Moab) will eventually be destroyed one day!

Let us strive to be humble before God and everyone every day, for this is the express command of God: "I said to the boastful, 'do not deal boastfully,' and to the wicked, 'do not lift up the horn. Do not lift up your horn on high; do not speak with a stiff neck.'” (Psalms 75:4-5)

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