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.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

September 26 Bible Reading: Micah Chapters 1-3

Use ‘DRASTIC’ MEANS & METHODS to proclaim the GOSPEL! "Therefore I will wail and howl, I will go stripped and naked; I will make a wailing like the jackals and a mourning like the ostriches, for her wounds are incurable. For it has come to Judah; it has come to the gate of My people--to Jerusalem" (Micah 1:8-9)

The prophet Micah was a contemporary of prophet Isaiah (see Is. 1:1) who had denounced Judah for adopting the idolatrous ways of Israel, and had criticized the leaders of Jerusalem for their oppressive policies toward the country’s rural citizens. In the similar manner, Micah warns the people of God’s terrible judgment that was reserved for all those who ignored God. It was a sad truth that the people in his day did not want to hear what he had to say, especially any message that pertained to God’s judgment. Micah’s warning of God’s impending wrath was a hard and unpopular message that the people refused to pay any attention to. If the people refused to heed the message, if they refused to repent, if they remained complacent then surely they would come under God’s judgment!

To prevent the impending disaster, Micah had to use dramatic means of conveying his message, which included him going around the city of Jerusalem weeping and wailing, barefoot and partially clothed. Micah would wail and howl, like the lonely, nocturnal jackals and owls, and go around in extreme mourning as a symbolic act referring to the threat of captivity. Thus he would warn the people of the impending invasion of foreign armies just like his contemporary Isaiah (see Isa. 20:3, 4). These verses (vv. 8-9) were actually an introduction to Micah's lament to mourn Judah’s exile. In typical oriental language, Micah was mourning over Samaria’s impending death like a mourner at a funeral.     
  
As Micah presented his case to the people, he started by saying that Jehovah God was about to leave His holy temple (the place of blessing) to witness against Samaria and Jerusalem (vv. 1–3). God’s punishment will be severe because these two capital cities had become the centers of idolatry. When He arrives in judgment, the mountains will melt under Him, and the valleys will split like wax before the fire (vv. 4-5). Samaria would become a heap of ruins, all her idols would be beaten to pieces, and her wounds would be incurable (vv. 6–7). Sadly, Micah’s message fell into deaf ears, and soon both Samaria and Jerusalem would be destroyed. In fulfillment to Micah’s prophecy, the Assyrians under Sennacherib swept through the northern kingdom and threatened the very gates of Jerusalem. The destruction was completed 130 years later when Nebuchadnezzar took the southern kingdom captive to Babylon.

Today, we are in the place of Micah having a wonderful message from God – the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ – to proclaim to an unbelieving populace and a skeptical society in our times. Does the certainty of coming judgment cause us to mourn over lost sinners and seek to win them to Christ? In order to draw the attention of people, are we using any drastic means and methods to proclaim the gospel? Let us ponder about this, and check if there is anything more we can do to spread the gospel as we fully obey the Great Commission of Jesus Christ!

"But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them. For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your bondservants for Jesus' sake. For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ." (2 Cor. 4:3-6)

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