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, May 20, 2014

RENEWING our COVENANT & COMMITMENT with GOD

RENEWING our COVENANT & COMMITMENT with GOD

May 20 Bible Reading: Nehemiah Chapters 10-13

"We make a sure covenant, and write it; our leaders, our Levites, and our priests seal it" (Neh 9:38). "Now the rest of the people--the priests, the Levites, the gatekeepers, the singers, the Nethinim, and all those who had separated themselves from the peoples of the lands to the Law of God, their wives, their sons, and their daughters, everyone who had knowledge and understanding-- these joined with their brethren, their nobles, and entered into a curse and an oath to walk in God's Law, which was given by Moses the servant of God, and to observe and do all the commandments of the Lord our Lord, and His ordinances and His statutes." (Neh 10:28-29)

The privilege of leading the nation of Israel in covenant renewal fell to the Levites who are listed in Neh 9:5 with a notable omission of Nehemiah. After exhorting the crowd to stand and praise the Lord, they addressed Him in prayer, recognizing His incomparability and glory. The prayer itself follows, at least in a general way, the pattern of covenant texts found elsewhere in the Old Testament and in the ancient Near East as well. After this lengthy prayer devoted primarily to the dismal history of Israel’s past failures contrasted with the unlimited patience and grace of God, the secular and religious leaders led by Nehemiah whose names appear in Neh 10:1–27 affixed their signatures to the covenant text, the provisions of which follow in Neh 10:28–39.

In what appears to be a univocal response, all segments of the community pledged themselves to keep all the terms of the Law that God had revealed to Moses long before (Neh 10:28–29). Addressing an issue that Ezra had already dealt with, they promised never again to intermarry with the heathen (Neh 10:30; Ezra 9:1–10:44). Besides this, they vowed to honor the Sabbath, to pay the required temple taxes, to offer the first fruits of their labor, and to care for the needs of the Levites (Neh. 10:31–39).

During our spiritual life journey, there are times when we veer away from the race that is set for us (Heb 12:1). At these times, more importantly, we need to renew our covenant with God. Just like a married couple renews their marriage vows and reaffirms their commitment to each other, we also need to pause at times and renew our commitment to follow God and be faithful to our heavenly calling. God remembers His covenant with us all the time, as it says in Psalms 105:8-11: He remembers His covenant forever, the word which He commanded, for a thousand generations, the covenant which He made with Abraham, and His oath to Isaac, and confirmed it to Jacob for a statute, to Israel as an everlasting covenant, saying, "To you I will give the land of Canaan as the allotment of your inheritance”.

God is ever mindful of His covenant with us: "He has given food to those who fear Him; He will ever be mindful of His covenant" (Psalms 111:5).  From our end, let us renew our commitment and covenant with Him today!

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