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.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

September 1 Bible Reading: Ezekiel Chapters 19-21

GODLY LIFESTYLE is a RESULT of OBEDIENCE to God’s WORD: "Therefore I made them go out of the land of Egypt and brought them into the wilderness. And I gave them My statutes and showed them My judgments, 'which, if a man does, he shall live by them.' Moreover I also gave them My Sabbaths, to be a sign between them and Me, that they might know that I am the Lord who sanctifies them." (Ezek. 20:10-12)

In this chapter, prophet Ezekiel gives a panoramic view of the history of Israel, and can be divided into two parts: her rebellious past (vv. 1–32) and her glorious future (vv. 33–44). The first part recounts all that God had done for the nation of Israel as they went through the following phases: the Exodus (vv. 1–9), the wilderness journey (vv. 10–17), and their conquest of the land of Canaan (vv. 18–32).

Following their exodus from slavery in Egypt, God began to sanctify the Israelites by revealing to them a code of “law and conduct” for them to obey and follow. God also entered into a covenant relationship with the nation of Israel. Their godly lifestyle would be a result of their obedience to God’s Word. God’s laws, statutes and judgments were given to His people as a means of maintaining their walk with the living God. The law was God’s gracious gift to Israel as a way of life (Deut. 4:40; 32:46, 47; Joshua 1:7, 8), and the Sabbath was singled out as a law unique to Israel (vv. 13, 16, 21, 24), one that most clearly distinguished her from all the other nations.

However, the nation of Israel responded badly and disobeyed God’s Word. Ezekiel points out two important facts: (1) the nation of Israel was guilty of repeated rebellion against God (vv. 8, 13, 21), and (2) God acted as He did for His name’s sake alone (vv. 9, 14, 22). Instead of responding in obedience to God’s gracious provision, the nation of Israel rebelled against His rule, profaned His Sabbaths (vv. 10–13a), and chose to remain in idolatry (20:14–26). For His name sake, God however restrained His anger and spared the Israelites from destruction so that the other neighboring nations should not look down upon them (vv. 13b–17).

As in the case of the nation of Israel, repeated rebellion against God’s Word is a serious matter. God is long-suffering, but we must never take this for granted. Eventually He must chasten His rebellious children for His name’s sake. If we do not glorify Him by obeying His commandments, we must at least glorify Him by submitting to His chastening (Heb. 12:7-11).

Let us understand that the quality of our physical and spiritual lifestyle on this earth is related to our daily obedience to God’s Word. Let us intentionally carve out time for reading and meditating on God’s Word so that we can observe to obey it in our daily lives. When we do that, God will grant us the true success that we are looking for!

"This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success." (Joshua 1:8)

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