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, April 7, 2014

EXALTATION comes from GOD ALONE

EXALTATION comes from GOD ALONE

April 7 Bible Reading: 1 Kings Chapters 1-3

Then Adonijah the son of Haggith exalted himself, saying, "I will be king"; and he prepared for himself chariots and horsemen, and fifty men to run before him. (1 Kings 1:5). Then Zadok the priest took a horn of oil from the tabernacle and anointed Solomon. And they blew the horn, and all the people said, "Long live King Solomon!" (1 Kings 1:39)

King David had become old and advanced in years (1 Kings 1:1), and the time had come for his successor to take over the throne of Israel. It appears that King David had already decided that Solomon, the second son of Bathsheba should become king after him by the promise that he had made to Bathsheba earlier, which we can see from her words to King David: Then she said to him, "My lord, you swore by the Lord your God to your maidservant, saying, 'Assuredly Solomon your son shall reign after me, and he shall sit on my throne.' (1 Kings 1:17). King David renewed the pledge that he had given her earlier: And the king took an oath and said, "As the Lord lives, who has redeemed my life from every distress, just as I swore to you by the Lord God of Israel, saying, 'Assuredly Solomon your son shall be king after me, and he shall sit on my throne in my place,' so I certainly will do this day." (1 Kings 1:29-30)

We need to understand that it was God’s will as well that Solomon would succeed the throne of Israel after David, and we can find this from the account of Solomon’s birth in 2 Sam 12:24-25: Then David comforted Bathsheba his wife, and went in to her and lay with her. So she bore a son, and he called his name Solomon. Now the Lord loved him and He sent word by the hand of Nathan the prophet: So he called his name Jedidiah, because of the Lord. The word Jedidiah literally means ‘Beloved of the Lord’, since God loved Solomon from his birth. Also, it was God’s will that Solomon should become king after David that we see from the following verses that God had spoken to David:
  • "When your days are fulfilled and you rest with your fathers, I will set up your seed after you, who will come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. (2 Sam 7:12-13).
  • Behold, a son shall be born to you, who shall be a man of rest; and I will give him rest from all his enemies all around. His name shall be Solomon, for I will give peace and quietness to Israel in his days. He shall build a house for My name, and he shall be My son, and I will be his Father; and I will establish the throne of his kingdom over Israel forever.' (1 Chron. 22:9-10).
The Lord had reserved to Himself the right of nominating the king (Deut 17:15), which was acted upon in the appointments both of Saul and David. In the case of David the rule was so far modified that his descendants were guaranteed the perpetual possession of the sovereignty of Israel but only those whom God chooses (2 Sam 7:12).

Let us understand one simple fact:exaltation comes from God alone”. “For exaltation comes neither from the east nor from the west nor from the south. But God is the Judge: He puts down one, and exalts another” (Psalms 75:6-7). Let us humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God so that He alone will exalt us in due time. "Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time" (1 Peter 5:6)

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