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.

Friday, August 3, 2012

August 3 Bible Reading: Isaiah Chapters 55-57

GOD is CALLING us to ‘REPENT’ and ‘RETURN’ to HIM: "Seek the Lord while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, and He will have mercy on him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon." (Isaiah 55:6-7)

In anticipation of the restoration of His people, Jehovah God calls upon His people Israel to repent and return (vv. 6, 7). For those who still doubt His call, God reminds them that His plans transcend that of any plans concocted by human beings as humans cannot always accurately read and understand the ways of God (vv. 8, 9). It is absolutely certain that nothing can stop what God has decreed so far (vv. 11-13).

The pathway of blessing lies in seeking the Lord and in forsaking sin! Those who repent and return to God will find Him full of mercy and pardon. The term “thoughts” refers to one’s intentions, goals, or ambitions (Gen. 6:5; Ps. 33:10). The term “way” speaks of the schemes and methods by which a person tries to reach his goals apart from God. So, God is counseling the wicked and sinners to give up their personal self-exalting ambitions and schemes to reach their self-satisfying goals in which God is not in the equation.

God’s free gift of salvation is offered to all who will receive it, and He promises an everlasting covenant to the Gentiles like the one He established with Israel. His invitation to all men is clearly stated by His invitation: “Seek the Lord…call upon Him”, which is conditioned by the phrases: “while He may be found…while He is near”.

To those who genuinely repent and turn to Him, God promises mercy and pardon. In fact, to seek the Lord is to seek His Word (Amos 5:6, 14; Acts 17:27). God requires living faith, as indicated in repentance and change of behavior (James 2:18; 1 John 1:3–5). When the sinner repents and turns to Christ by faith, God shows mercy and grants pardon, and it is advisable that no one should delay in this matter (Prov. 1:20–33).

This marvelous call of God is extended to us today! Let us look into our lives and see if we are living our lives apart from God. If so, now is the time to repent and return back to God. If we do that, we can be assured of the fact that God will pardon our sins completely and restore our fellowship with Him again!

For He says: "In an acceptable time I have heard you, and in the day of salvation I have helped you." Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation. (2 Cor. 6:2)

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