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.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

KEYS to SUCCESS and CAUSE of FAILURE

KEYS to SUCCESS and CAUSE of FAILURE

May 10 Bible Reading: 2 Chronicles Chapters 25-27

"Uzziah was sixteen years old when he became king, and he reigned fifty-two years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Jecholiah of Jerusalem. And he did what was right in the sight of the Lord, according to all that his father Amaziah had done. He sought God in the days of Zechariah, who had understanding in the visions of God; and as long as he sought the Lord, God made him prosper." (2 Chron 26:3-5) "But when he was strong his heart was lifted up, to his destruction, for he transgressed against the Lord his God by entering the temple of the Lord to burn incense on the altar of incense." (2 Chron 26:16)

Uzziah (also called Azariah in 2 Kings 14:21) was appointed to be the king of Judah by the people through popular demand in place of his father Amaziah (2 Chron 26:1). As we read the early part of his rule in 2 Chron 26:1-15, there are some definite keys to success in Uzziah’s life:
  • Uzziah’s father (Amaziah) had set a good example for him to follow (v. 4)
  • A wise and pious counselor called Zechariah, who was skilled in understanding the meaning and lessons of the ancient prophecies, instructed Uzziah (v. 5)
  • Uzziah had a good army and able generals to assist him in battle (vv. 11-15)
  • Last, but not the least, Uzziah sought the Lord. As long as he sought the Lord, God made him prosper (v. 5). His fame spread far and wide, for he was marvelously helped until he became strong (v. 15b).
However, when Uzziah became strong, he became proud that caused a downward slide in his life. It is written in 2 Chron 26:16 that his heart was lifted up to his destruction. Due to his pride, he thought of himself as invincible and above God’s law. He entered the temple of the Lord to burn incense on the altar without approval from God. Uzziah fell from God’s favor and God punished him with leprosy. Uzziah was a leper until he died as he lived in isolation being cut off from the house of God (v. 21). We need to understand that pride causes us to set ourselves as gods. Because of pride, we sin without any regard to God’s standard. The great Evangelist D. L. Moody has once said: “When I think I have become strong and I have a good deal of strength – my downfall has already commenced”.

Let us learn the keys of success and the cause of failure from the life of King Uzziah, and seek the face of God always! Remember the following: "The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; pride and arrogance and the evil way." (Prov 8:13)

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