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.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

NOT ONE of the BIBLE PROPHECIES shall EVER FAIL

NOT ONE of the BIBLE PROPHECIES shall EVER FAIL

July 27 Bible Reading: Isaiah Chapters 34-36

"Search from the book of the Lord, and read: not one of these shall fail; not one shall lack her mate. For My mouth has commanded it, and His Spirit has gathered them." (Isaiah 34:16)

Isaiah chapter 34 ends with a reference to the book of the Lord, which is apparently the book of inspired prophecies and probably refers to Isaiah’s own writing found in vv. 1–15. This may be the volume in which the various prophecies and other parts of Scripture began henceforward to be collected together. "Now go, write it before them on a tablet, and note it on a scroll, that it may be for time to come, forever and ever" (Isaiah 30:8).

The book of the Lord also refers to God’s inspired prophecies predicting the future judgment, and the Holy Spirit will see to it that what the Word announces is fulfilled. So severe will this coming eschatological judgment be that we need to be reminded that it is part of the divinely inspired prophetic Scripture; and therefore, it will certainly come to pass as God has predicted it.

While referring to specific prophecies, Isaiah brings out the image from pairing of animals mentioned in the previous verse 15 ("mate"). What it means is that no prediction shall want a fulfillment as its companion…every single Bible prophecy will be fulfilled. There is a change of person (“My” to “His”) and Bible scholars have pointed out that such changes of person are frequent in Hebrew poetry.

Taking this verse for a spiritual application in our lives - the book of the Lord is the Bible we have in our hands. We ought to read it with the understanding that it has divine origin and authority. "Knowing this first that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit" (2 Peter 1:20-21). We must not only read the scriptures, but see out of it, search into it, turn first to one text and then to another and compare them together. We can thus extract abundant wisdom through diligent search of the scriptures, which we cannot get through a casual superficial reading.

When we read the various predictions in the scriptures, we will understand not one of these shall fail. What God has spoken through His written word will surely come to pass, and the Holy Spirit will ensure that each and every word will be fulfilled. This is what our Lord Jesus Christ has spoken concerning the word of God: "Truly I say to you, till heaven and earth come to an end, not the smallest letter or part of a letter will in any way be taken from the law, till all things are done." - Matt 5:18 (Bible in Basic English)

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