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, August 19, 2014

GOD will REWARD us ACCORDING to OUR ACTIONS

GOD will REWARD us ACCORDING to OUR ACTIONS

August 19 Bible Reading: Jeremiah Chapters 37-39

"In the ninth year of Zedekiah king of Judah, in the tenth month, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and all his army came against Jerusalem, and besieged it. In the eleventh year of Zedekiah, in the fourth month, on the ninth day of the month, the city was penetrated." (Jeremiah 39:1-2)

Jerusalem was so strong, that the inhabitants believed the enemy could never enter it. But sin provoked God to withdraw his protection, and then it was as weak as other cities. After King Zedekiah had ruled Judah for eleven years, the Babylonians captured Jerusalem in 586 B.C. What we read in chapter 39 is how God rewarded three different people living in Jerusalem according to their actions:
  1. God rewarded Zedekiah for his wickedness (vv. 1–10). King Zedekiah did not pay any attention to the word of God that He spoke through His prophet Jeremiah. "But neither he (Zedekiah) nor his servants nor the people of the land gave heed to the words of the Lord which He spoke by the prophet Jeremiah." (Jer 37:2) He was specifically requested by Jeremiah to obey the voice of God and surrender to the Babylonian king as follows: "...please obey the voice of the Lord which I speak to you. So it shall be well with you, and your soul shall live." (Jer 38:20) But Zedekiah, his sons, and his men of war tried to flee but were captured. The last thing Zedekiah saw was the execution of his own sons; then he was blinded. He walked by sight and ended up in darkness. He lived to serve himself and lost everything. He learned the truth of these words: “Be sure your sin will find you out” (Num. 32:23).
  2. God rewarded Jeremiah for his faithfulness (vv. 11–14). For forty difficult years, he courageously proclaimed God’s Word, even though the people refused to obey it. If we measure ministry by “results,” Jeremiah was a failure. Given his freedom, he chose to remain with his people and minister to them. We see that the Babylonian king gave instructions through the captain of his guard that Jeremiah should be well-treated, and eventually the prophet was released from the court of the prison. How true are these words - "For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord will give grace and glory; no good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.” (Psalms 84:11)
  3. God rewarded Ebed-Melech for his kindness (vv. 15–18). This is what God spoke to this Ethiopian eunuch through Jeremiah: "I will deliver you…and you shall not be given into the hand of the men of whom you are afraid. For I will surely deliver you, and you shall not fall by the sword; but your life shall be as a prize to you, because you have put your trust in Me," says the Lord. (Jer 39:17-18) God did not forget the act of kindness done to Jeremiah. God rewarded this Ethiopian for persuading King Zedekiah to release Jeremiah from the slimy pit dungeon for his kindness (38:7–13). Now we know why this foreigner had rescued Jeremiah: he had put his faith in the God of Israel (v. 18). It must have been Jeremiah’s witness that won him. An outsider trusted the God of Israel, but the Jews would not trust Him!
Let us clearly understand that God will one day reward us for all that we do in this world. Knowing this fact let our actions be pleasing in God’s sight and worthy of His rewards that he will give us one day in the future. This is what our Lord Jesus Christ had promised while He was in this world: "He who receives you receives Me, and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me. He who receives a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet's reward. And he who receives a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man's reward. And whoever gives one of these little ones only a cup of cold water in the name of a disciple, assuredly, I say to you, he shall by no means lose his reward." (Matt 10:40-42)

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