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.

Monday, April 15, 2013

April 15 Bible Reading: 2 Kings Chapters 4-6

SEEING the REALITY of God’s PROMISES by FAITH: "And when the servant of the man of God arose early and went out, there was an army, surrounding the city with horses and chariots. And his servant said to him, "Alas, my master! What shall we do?" So he answered, "Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them." And Elisha prayed, and said, "Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see." Then the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha." (2 Kings 6:15-17)

Elijah was residing at Dothan, which was about 60 miles north of Jerusalem, and this is where the king of Syria had sent his soldiers to capture Elisha. They came by night and surrounded Dothan with soldiers, horsemen, and chariots. The above scriptural text begins with the discovery by the servant of Elisha that they were surrounded by the enemy forces. To the natural perception of Elisha’s servant, they were doomed for impending death. Actually, he was suffering from spiritual blindness being simply unable to perceive spiritual reality! (2 Cor. 4:4)

Elisha however knew that God’s unseen army, which was far more powerful than any visible human army, was surrounding them. So, Elisha prayed that his servant would see God’s heavenly armies waiting to do battle with the Syrians! We should be aware that angelic activity is mentioned in several places in the Bible (see Gen. 32:1, 2; Deut. 33:2, 3; Psalms 68:17; 103:19, 20; Zech. 14:5; Matt. 26:53). So, in answer to this simple prayer, Elisha’s reassuring words to his servant (v. 16) were validated by letting him see God’s heavenly armies surrounding them like a wall of fire!

In fact, Elisha handled his servant’s fear in three ways: (1) by demonstrating his personal concern by giving a word of encouragement, “do not fear”, (2) by providing a reason why he should not fear, “for those who are with us are more than those who are with them”, and (3) by praying to God that his servant would be able to perceive the spiritual reality with a clear vision. We too can minister to the fears of people by showing personal concern and involvement, providing biblical instruction, and praying for God’s illumination regarding His resources and sufficiency towards us.

Elisha’s words should remind us that “He who is in (us) is greater than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4b). In our spiritual battle with the forces of evil, we too have protection and power given to us by our heavenly Father. Through our prayer of faith, God can open our inner eyes of our hearts to the reassuring fact that He is always defending us and frustrating Satan’s destructive intentions each and every time.
We need the ability to see what God is going to do for us as we focus on His promises and not at our problems alone. Let us pray for our inner eyes to behold the invisible that God has in store for us. All the great saints of God, including Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Jacob, and Joseph operated by faith as they all acted on the invisible realities (read Hebrews 11 for details). Let us also lift up your eyes of faith today and behold the resources that God has in store for us!

Let us see the reality of God’s promises through our eyes of faith, which is "the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen" (Heb. 11:1). We should also see God’s power and authority in our lives every day through spiritual discernment (1 Cor. 2:14). Remember, we are never alone but has Christ with us always just as He promised (Matt. 28:20b) along with His unseen angelic army: "The angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him, and delivers them" (Psalms 34:7).

Today, God’s promises available in His Word are always a great source of comfort and assurance to us, and “if God is for us, who can be against us?” (Rom. 8:31). Let’s join with the Psalmist today and say: "The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked came against me to eat up my flesh, my enemies and foes, they stumbled and fell. Though an army may encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war should rise against me, in this I will be confident" (Psalms 27:1-3). "I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people who have set themselves against me all around" (Psalms 3:6).

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