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.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

August 6 Bible Reading: Isaiah Chapters 64-66

IMAGINE what GOD will DO for those who WAIT upon HIM! "For since the beginning of the world men have not heard nor perceived by the ear, nor has the eye seen any God besides You, who acts for the one who waits for Him." (Isaiah 64:4)

The prayer that prophet Isaiah had begun in 63:15 with invocation and supplication now turns into confession of the greatness of God in 64:4. He makes this confession after imploring God to tear apart the heavens and come down by manifesting His great power and glory before His enemies. Isaiah recalls many previous interventions where Jehovah God had truly showed His greatness for His people who had waited for Him. In fact, God had shown His favor to those who had delighted in practical righteousness, walked in godly ways and had trusted Him deeply enough to wait for Him!

The above referenced verse gives the reasons why Isaiah implores God to come down and pronounce judgment on the earth. God will act for the one who waits for Him. It is through our natural senses - hearing, perceiving and seeing - that we can visualize and comprehend the works of God on behalf of those who wait for Him. Truly, there is no God like Jehovah God (Isa. 43:11; Deut. 4:35) who has created the heavens and the earth (Gen. 1:1), and He loves to act on behalf of His children who put their trust on Him alone.

It is Apostle Paul who quotes this verse (64:4) and attempts to connect the missing links through this statement: “But as it is written: ‘Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him’. But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit…for the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God” (1 Cor. 2:9-10). Paul employs the language of Isaiah 64:4 in order to demonstrate that the wisdom of God is not of human origin, but from the Spirit of God that He has imparted on His children. The Holy Spirit is the One who unfolds God’s revelation of His knowledge to humans, who cannot help but become astonished at the wonder of the works of God!

Thus, Paul alludes to this verse (64:4) to support another fact that sinful humans are ignorant of what God has accomplished for His children through His Son Jesus Christ. God had treasured up wonderful truths which cannot be discovered by the natural senses, but in due time, He would reveal to those who love Him. The three listed faculties (eye and ear and heart/mind) are the means through which we learn earthly things. However, human reasoning and natural perception is totally inadequate to find the truth of God, which can be found only through divine perception by His Spirit!

The spiritual application for us today is that we cannot even imagine what God will do for and behalf of those who wait upon Him! It is possible that we will attempt to interpret events in our lives using our human reasoning, experience and natural perception. However, we should be aware that God has planned some things that are beyond our thinking and understanding (see Isa. 55:9). When we read God’s Word and let His Spirit teach us the hidden mysteries in His Word (see 2 Pet. 1:19–21), we can find out the wonderful things that God has already accomplished and will continue to accomplish for us as we trust and obey Him.

Today, we are truly rich in Jesus Christ with all the spiritual blessings that He has endowed upon us (Eph. 1:3, 7, 18; 2:7; 3:8, 16). Can we join with the psalmist in lifting our eyes unto God today and waiting for Him to act on our behalf?

"I will lift up my eyes to the hills--from whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth" (Psalms 121:1-2). "Unto You I lift up my eyes, O You who dwell in the heavens. Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters, as the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the Lord our God, until He has mercy on us" (Psalms 123:1-2).

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