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.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

September 23 Bible Reading: Amos Chapters 7-9

God looks for ‘UNWORTHY’ PEOPLE to ACCOMPLISH His PURPOSES: Then Amos answered, and said to Amaziah: "I was no prophet, nor was I a son of a prophet, but I was a sheepbreeder and a tender of sycamore fruit. Then the Lord took me as I followed the flock, and the Lord said to me, 'Go, prophesy to My people Israel.'" (Amos 7:14-15)

The above passage clarifies that Amos was not a prophet by birth nor was he a prophet’s son. In fact he lived in a village that was about five miles south of Bethlehem called Tekoa in the land of Judah, and was a man of several trades, including being a shepherd (1:1), a livestock breeder, and a dresser of sycamore-fig trees (7:14). Amos was not part of the prophetic seminary to be labeled as a ‘son of a prophet’ (see 1 Sam. 19:24; 1 Kings 20:35; 2 Kings 2:3, 5, 7, 15). However, God had sovereignly called him to the prophetic office, and had sent him to prophesy to the people of Israel (v. 15)!

It is not a position that Amos had sought, but it was a sovereign act of God that took a most unlikely person from a most unlikely place and gave him the highest privilege, that is, to proclaim the message of God (vss. 14–15). Amos has made it clear that he had neither desired nor sought the office of a prophet nor was he worthy for this elevated ministerial position.

We see that God often bypasses the so-called great people and chooses to call and bless the humble and the weak. Yes, God can also use those who are gifted and who hold high positions in this world, but He is not limited to them. Both Moses (Acts 7:22) and Paul (Acts 26:24) were well-educated, but at least seven of our Lord’s disciples were common fishermen (John 21:1–3).

David was also the unlikely person to be chosen as the king of Israel to replace the handsome and tall King Saul. He was a young boy, a shepherd, the eighth and last son from a family from the smallest tribe in the nation of Israel. In fact, Prophet Samuel had assumed that one of his more able-bodied older brothers would be the second king of Israel until God corrected Samuel with the following words: "For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart." (1 Sam 16:7)

When we look at God’s pattern throughout the Bible, we learn that God makes a regular practice of using unlikely people to accomplish his purposes. In fact God used the following unlikely people for His glory: Abraham (who lied), Jacob (who schemed), Moses (who stuttered), Gideon and Thomas (who doubted), Jeremiah (who was a tenderhearted youth) and Mary (who was an unknown young virgin).

In recent years, we see that R. A. Torrey was a brilliant man and a gifted evangelist, but he worked closely with evangelist Dwight L. Moody, who had very little education. However, God used both men in a remarkable way because both gave all they had to the purposes of God. Let us understand that God is still looking for unworthy people to accomplish his purposes so that no one steals the glory that is due to Him alone!

"For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence." (1 Cor. 1:26-29)

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