"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, July 26, 2013

July 26 Bible Reading: Isaiah Chapters 31-33

LOOK forward to the RIGHTEOUS RULE of our REDEEMER-KING: "Behold, a king will reign in righteousness, and princes will rule with justice...Then justice will dwell in the wilderness, and righteousness remain in the fruitful field. The work of righteousness will be peace, and the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever." (Isaiah 32:1, 16-17)

In the above passage, God speaks through His prophet Isaiah about a time coming in the distant future when He will send a King who will “reign in righteousness” (see 9:1–7; 11:1–5). Through this eschatological revelation, God allows the Israelites to look beyond their immediate defeat by the Assyrians. Obviously, the king mentioned here is the Messiah, who is none other than our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and this describes the current reign of Jesus Christ in the spiritual dimension and His future physical reign during the Millennium (see Rev. 20:1-6).

This revelation of this true King is contrasted to the drunken and crooked leaders depicted in the previous chapters of this book. Just like Jesus Christ is the anticipated “King of righteousness”, the princes who will “rule with justice” will be the godly leaders who will rule under Him. These princes could be the twelve apostles of Christ (see Matt. 19:28) or, they could be the Christian martyrs who will "live and reign with Christ for a thousand years" (Rev. 20:4).

In God’s kingdom people will be known for what they are, and no longer will the wicked be praised and the righteous be called fools. There will be peace and harmony of the godly leadership of the Messiah who would be “a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, and a shade from the heat" (25:4). Isaiah’s vision of justice in the wilderness (v. 16) would through be the presence of the Spirit (v. 15; Joel 2:28). However, the Spirit would not impose God’s peace on unwilling people; but rather, peace would be the fruit of seeds sown in righteousness (v. 17) upon people who are both obedient and willing.

In fact, the life of fruitfulness will only result from our reliance upon God’s Spirit (see Gal. 5:22–25). The work of the Spirit of God would be profoundly ethical: justice and righteousness will result in peace! So, social justice and righteousness will permeate every part of life, resulting in peace, quietness, safety, and confidence. This adequately describes the peace and prosperity of the future Messianic Kingdom. There can be no lasting peace without righteousness, and this peace is possible only under the reign of Jesus Christ, who is both our “King of righteousness” and our “King of peace” (Heb. 7:1–3).

Isaiah’s vision of God’s peace is instructive for our current lives as well. As we sow the seeds of righteousness in our communities, we give the Holy Spirit an opportunity to bring a blessing upon us and upon your neighbors as well. These “seeds” may involve feeding the hungry, shutting down a business based on immorality, or simply praying for our ungodly civic leaders. Whatever action we take, let us be aware that the Holy Spirit can multiply our efforts many times: “The fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace” (James 3:18).

Today, let us look forward to the righteous rule of our Redeemer-King as we hasten the coming of the day of God: "Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells." (2 Peter 3:11-13)

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