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.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

August 29 Bible Reading: Ezekiel Chapters 10-12

God’s WORD will be FULFILLED without any DELAY: Again the word of the Lord came to me, saying, "Son of man, look, the house of Israel is saying, 'The vision that he sees is for many days from now, and he prophesies of times far off.' Therefore say to them, 'thus says the Lord God: "None of My words will be postponed any more, but the word which I speak will be done," says the Lord God.'” (Ezek. 12:26-28)

The people of Israel were smug and complacent due a false optimism that they had concerning the non-fulfillment of God’s judgment against them. Since the prophets had pronounced the doom over an extended period of time and the fulfillment had not occurred, many were led to believe they either would not occur for a long time, or not at all. They had the following proverb going viral among them that God’s prophecies of doom would never be fulfilled: “The days go by and every vision comes to nothing”. They thought that the predictions of doom made by Ezekiel and other prophets would not take place!

However, God proclaimed He would keep the people of Israel from quoting this proverb any longer. God would remove “false visions” and “flattering divinations” with His impending judgment. God gave the people of Israel another proverb, announcing that the day of fulfillment was at hand, and that every prophecy would come to pass. This was the proverb that God offered as a reply: “The days are at hand and the fulfillment of every vision.” Judgment was imminent, and the fulfillment of every vision of judgment was near (v. 25). Those who said that the fulfillment was yet future would see it in their own day!

The false prophets said that people like Ezekiel and Jeremiah were “doomsayers” and their dire predictions would not occur. But God’s Word never fails, and it is always fulfilled on time. In fact, the punishment predicted for Jerusalem occurred just six years later in 586 B.C.

We should also watch out for end-time prophets or preachers who contradict God’s Word or deny/postpone His intervention. It is natural for people living today in a relative pluralistic permissive society to explain away the biblical prophecies or, apply them only to our future generations. In the New Testament, a similar attitude of disbelief does not change the certainty of the return of Christ (2 Pet. 3:3, 4, 10; Rev. 10:6). If God is going to accomplish His purposes one way or another, then the ultimate question we need to consider is how we can cooperate with His plans. To do otherwise is to miss out on what He is doing, or worse, to cause Him to proceed in spite of us.

Let us be convinced that God’s word is totally true and every prophecy will be fulfilled to the last word. This is what God Himself has to say about His Word: "For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, and do not return there, but water the earth, and make it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it." (Isaiah 55:10-11)

God’s word will surely be fulfilled without any delay! Let us live everyday looking for the fulfillment of His Word.

"Be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us, the apostles of the Lord and Savior, knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, and saying, 'Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.' For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water, by which the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water. But the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same word are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men." (2 Peter 3:2-7)

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