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, July 24, 2014

Having the ‘PERFECT’ PEACE from GOD

Having the ‘PERFECT’ PEACE from GOD

July 24 Bible Reading: Isaiah Chapters 25-27

"You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. Trust in the Lord forever, for in Yah, the Lord, is everlasting strength." (Isaiah 26:3-4)

In Isaiah 26:1-6, Isaiah predicted a day when the people of Judah will sing about Jerusalem as a “strong city” that will open its gates to the righteous. God will be known as the One who humbles the proud (“those who dwell on high”) and levels their cities, allowing the oppressed to triumph over them. Here, the city of God is in contrast to man’s city (Isaiah 24:10). The righteous nation (redeemed Israel) experiences the “perfect peace” that comes from leaning hard on Jehovah.

The famous evangelist D.L. Moody tied verses 3 and 4 in the following manner: “The tree of peace strikes its roots into the crevices of the Rock of Ages.” The people of God realize that “in YAH the Lord is everlasting strength” or, “the Rock of Ages” (In Hebrew, YAH is the shortened form of YHWH, the revered name of Jehovah God). It was from this expression that Augustus Toplady got the idea for one of the greatest hymns in all times called “Rock of Ages.” Seeking shelter in a cleft of a rocky crag during a violent thunderstorm, he started writing this hymn using the following words: Rock of Ages, cleft for me, let me hide myself in Thee.”

The expression ‘perfect peace’ indicates a peace that goes beyond our human comprehension. To have one’s mind stayed on God means to lean on God in total confidence and security. Trust is the ultimate expression of that confidence, and this “perfect peace” is only found in Immanuel (Isaiah 9:6; 11:6–9; 14:7). This peace of God is only that which the righteous receive from God (v. 12; 32:17, 18; 55:12; 66:12) and will extend to the wicked (48:22; 59:8).  

Let us remember that in the midst of turmoil and disarray in our lives where we tend to be anxious and troubled in our hearts. It is at these times that we can turn to God in prayer to provide us both strength in our hearts and peace in our minds.

"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." (Phil 4:6-7)

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