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, May 13, 2013

May 13 Bible Reading: 2 Chronicles Chapters 34-36

Do not IGNORE God’s WORD through His SERVANTS: "And the Lord God of their fathers sent warnings to them by His messengers, rising up early and sending them, because He had compassion on His people and on His dwelling place. But they mocked the messengers of God, despised His words, and scoffed at His prophets, until the wrath of the Lord arose against His people, till there was no remedy." (2 Chron. 36:15-16)

The above scriptural passage depicts the beginning portion of the end of the second book of Chronicles, which describe the final fall of the city of Jerusalem including the destruction of the temple of God, the breaking down of the walls of Jerusalem and the burning of the gorgeous palaces that King Solomon had constructed in all its glory (36:19). In keeping with the purpose of writing the historical account in the first place, the chronicler tries to provide the reasons for the final Babylonian captivity of the kingdom of Judah.

It appears that the kingdom of Judah had proved to be no better spiritually than the kingdom of Israel that was overthrown by the Assyrians earlier (for details, see 2 Kings 17:19; Jer. 25:1–11). The core of the spiritual leadership, the chief of the priests, was extremely corrupt and they polluted God’s temple. Instead of grieving and repenting from their sins, they mocked the messengers of God (see Jer. 26:20; 32:2; 37:15; 38:6). These messengers of God were the prophets that God had been sending to His people from the beginning of Israel’s history. The people of Israel had also mocked, despised and scoffed at the prophets that God had sent in their midst, and had totally disregarded the fundamental truth: "Believe in the Lord your God, and you shall be established; believe His prophets, and you shall prosper" (2 Chr. 20:20)

Now the time had come that God could no longer exercise mercy, but had to take drastic measures of judgment upon His people who persisted in sin. Just as the prophet Jeremiah had warned, the temple of God was destroyed completely and the people of Judah were taken captive to Babylon (2 Chr. 36:20-21). The only recourse for God was judgment since the people of Judah had disobeyed the Word of God in so many ways, including ignoring the sabbatical years (Lev. 25:1–7; 26:27–35).

Earlier, the word of God was very clear through the prophet Jeremiah that the people of Judah should not ignore God’s Word: “Thus says the Lord: ‘Stand in the court of the Lord's house, and speak to all the cities of Judah, which come to worship in the Lord's house, all the words that I command you to speak to them. Do not diminish a word. Perhaps everyone will listen and turn from his evil way that I may relent concerning the calamity which I purpose to bring on them because of the evil of their doings.' And you shall say to them, 'Thus says the Lord: "If you will not listen to Me, to walk in My law which I have set before you, to heed the words of My servants the prophets whom I sent to you, both rising up early and sending them (but you have not heeded), then I will make this house like Shiloh, and will make this city a curse to all the nations of the earth’” (Jer. 26:2-6).

As a spiritual application, we too should not ignore God’s Word at all. God speaks to us even today through His Word, through His people (in the form of preaching, prophecy, counsel, etc.), through the Holy Spirit within us, and through circumstances and events in our lives. We should not only listen carefully, but hide God’s Word in our hearts and obey it wholeheartedly. In fact, we should keep our hearts with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life (Prov. 4:23). It is possible that our carnal flesh and our enemy Satan will oppose the birthing of God’s Word in our lives through bringing doubt and unbelief (Heb. 3:19; Gen. 3:1).

When God speaks to us through His servants, let us not ignore it but rather allow His Word to germinate in our hearts so that it will produce the desired results in our lives: "But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty" (Matt. 13:23). This is what God’s says about His Word today: "So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it" (Isaiah 55:11). 

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