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 17, 2014

SEEING the VISION of GOD’s MAJESTY

SEEING the VISION of GOD’s MAJESTY

July 17 Bible Reading: Isaiah Chapters 4-6

 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one cried to another and said: "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory!" And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke." (Isaiah 6:1-4)

Isaiah chapter six is a record of God’s divine call to the prophet Isaiah through a marvelous vision of God’s majesty and splendor. Bible scholars believe that this was most likely Isaiah’s original call to prophetic ministry. The reason why this heavenly vision was placed in chapter six instead of chapter one is because it served as a climax to the preceding five chapters and as a bridge to chapters 7–12. God called Isaiah to serve as His messenger because the nation stood on the brink of national calamity. His message was one of judgment—and hope. God would judge the nation for sin, and the judgment would continue until the coming of the Messiah.

Isaiah’s call to prophetic ministry began with a vision of the awesome majesty and holiness of God (6:1–8). We should note that Isaiah saw this vision “in the year King Uzziah died” (6:1a). King Uzziah represents the pride of a king as he attempted to take over the role of a priest in worshipping God (2 Chron 26:19-21). However, this vision shows the humility of the angels (seraphims) who covered their face and feet and proclaimed only the holiness and glory of God (6:2). As the angels proclaimed God’s absolute holiness, Isaiah realized his own sin as well as the sin of the nation (6:5). God forgave Isaiah (6:6-7) and then asked for a willing messenger (6:8a). In gratitude Isaiah stepped forward and responded, “Here I am. Send me!” (6:8b).

What is the need for seeing the vision of God’s majesty in our lives? The answer to this question lies in the fact that when we truly see and know the greatness, majesty and holiness of God, then we can truly see a clearer vision about our real state – about who we truly are! We cannot hide behind the façade that we put every day before other people before the holiness of God. When we see the majesty of God, we understand the great need for God’s grace in our lives. We will then make a greater commitment to live and speak for God among the people in our sphere of influence.

Isaiah’s vision of God led to a true vision of himself and others as unholy and unclean before God. This recognition of sin led Isaiah to a need for God’s cleansing grace (6:7), and this vision commissioned him to spread God’s message (6:9) about a holy God to unholy people! We too need to see the vision of God’s majesty in our lives so that we can see ourselves as we truly are, get right with God and cleansed through the blood of Jesus Christ (1 John 1:9) and take God’s message of salvation to everyone we know.

And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Amen. (Matt 28:18-20)

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