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.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

July 31 Bible Reading: Isaiah Chapters 46-48

Enjoy GOD’s manifold BLESSINGS just for OBEYING His WORD: Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: "I am the Lord your God, who teaches you to profit, who leads you by the way you should go. Oh, that you had heeded My commandments! Then your peace would have been like a river, and your righteousness like the waves of the sea. Your descendants also would have been like the sand, and the offspring of your body like the grains of sand; his name would not have been cut off nor destroyed from before Me." (Isaiah 48:17-19)

In the above verses, Jehovah God addresses the children of Israel by introducing Himself with three powerful names: ‘The Lord’ (Yahweh), ‘Your Redeemer’ (go˒al), ‘The Holy One of Israel’ (quedōsh yisra˒el). If the people of Israel had obeyed God and His Word through His prophets, they would have enjoyed peace, righteousness, fertility, and uninterrupted fellowship with Him. In fact, their obedience would have brought them peace like a river and righteousness as the waves of the sea. This means that God’s blessing would continually flow in their direction, and they would never be cut off from the face of the earth!

We know that Jehovah God had both redeemed and ransomed the children of Israel from the clutches of Egypt (Exo. 6:6; 15:15; Jer. 31:11; Hos. 13:14). Not only had God redeemed them, but He had forgiven the sins of His people as well (44:22; Ps. 103:3, 4). From the time that God had redeemed His people, He had taught and led them through His servants and His prophets.

To those who hear and obey God’s Word, God has promised them an eternal inheritance that they would be receiving in the future without fail. For the present, God has promised His people six wonderful blessings for obeying God’s Word that are listed below:
  1. God will teach us to profit and be prosperous: God will teach us to profit (both spiritually and financially). There will be blessing of prosperity from God upon those who have surrendered to His Lordship and authority. However, this blessing will come only by obedience to God’s commandments (Josh. 1:8).
  2. God will closely lead us by the way that we should go: When we hear and obey God’s Word, He promises to lead us as a Good Shepherd in the way we should go. This is God’s promise for us: "I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye" (Ps. 32:8).
  3. God will grant us an extraordinary inward peace: God has revealed a compassionate longing for His people to find their peace in living for Him. As Dante has said, “In His will is our peace”. As we walk closely with God obeying His commandments, we have the promise of an extraordinary inward peace that only He can gives us. This is what Jesus has promised us: "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." (John 14:27)
  4. God will allow our righteous acts to bless others: We should understand that peace and righteousness always go together, as the psalmist has declared: "Righteousness and peace have kissed" (Psalms 85:10). As we obey His commandments, God will allow His light to shine through us and bless others. This is what Jesus has told us: "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven" (Matt. 5:16).
  5. God will bless and multiply our future generations: God had promised Abraham and the patriarchs that the children of Israel would become very numerous (see Gen. 17:2; 22:17; 32:12). This was actually the initial blessing of God for humankind: Then God blessed them, and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion..." (Gen. 1:28). When we obey God’s commandments, this blessing will become a reality in our lives.
  6. Finally, God will raise and prosper our children: God’s initial promise to Abraham in return for his obedience was as follows: “I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing" (Gen. 12:2). This promise to Abraham will translate to us today since he is "the father of us all" (Rom. 4:16).
Let us always remember that when we obey God, He will lead us (Isa. 48:17), give us peace (Isa. 48:18), and meet all our needs (Isa. 48:21). No matter how weak we are, you can always lean upon Him (Isa. 48:2). Let us enjoy God’s manifold blessings just for obeying His Word!

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