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, September 28, 2012

September 28 Bible Reading: Nahum Chapters 1-3

We NEED to be on ‘HIGH ALERT’ at ‘ALL TIMES’: "He who scatters has come up before your face. Man the fort! Watch the road! Strengthen your flanks! Fortify your power mightily." (Nahum 2:1)

Some Bible scholars interpret this verse as addressed to the southern kingdom of Judah, as the prophet Nahum urges them passionately to prepare for an Assyrian attack. If this interpretation is accurate, then the person referred to as ‘he’ (“he who scatters”) is none other than Sennacherib, the Assyrian king.

However, when we study the context and the purpose of this overall prophecy, we can conclude that this verse is directed to Assyria itself, and in particular, their capital city of Nineveh. In this regard, the person ‘he’ (“he who scatters”) will be the coalition of Medes, Babylonians, and Scythians who are about to attack Nineveh. Almost ironically, the prophet Nahum is urging the Assyrians to prepare their fortifications in order to defend themselves against the onslaught of this combined enemy force. In chapter 2, we see dramatic pictures of the enemy invasion (vv. 1–4), the battle (vv. 5–7), the victory (vv. 8–10), and the humiliation of Nineveh before the Lord and her enemies (vv. 11–13).

The Assyrians had been practicing a policy of deporting conquered peoples from their homelands and scattering them throughout their empire, thereby stripping them of identity and continuity. Now, they will experience a similar fate and all their efforts to defend themselves will be futile in the face of God’s judgment. It was actually the Lord God of Israel who defeated Assyria in the end (see Isaiah 10:5–19). God’s purpose in bringing these invaders against Nineveh was to “restore the splendor of Jacob” (v. 2).

History tells us that Nahum’s prophecy was fulfilled completely. The Assyrians, who had destroyed many nations (including Israel) by scattering them over the face of the earth, experienced a similar fate. In August, 612 B.C., the combined forces of the Medes, Babylonians and Scythians destroyed Nineveh, and shortly afterwards the Assyrian Empire collapsed!

In a similar fashion, God has also warned us to watch out for our enemy, who is none other than Satan: "For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places" (Eph. 6:12). We should take up the whole armor of God and fight this enemy on our knees through prayer (see Eph. 6:13-18). When we resist our enemy in this manner, he will flee from us (James 4:7b). So…let us be on high alert at all times!

"Be sober; be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world." (1 Peter 5:8-9)

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