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, August 3, 2014

God’s INVITATION to enjoy ABUNDANT LIFE

God’s INVITATION to enjoy ABUNDANT LIFE

August 3 Bible Reading: Isaiah Chapters 55-57

"Ho! Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat. Yes, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend money for what is not bread, and your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, and let your soul delight itself in abundance. Incline your ear, and come to Me. Hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you-- the sure mercies of David." (Isaiah 55:1-3)

In Isaiah 55, God extends a general invitation to everyone to find their satisfaction and their security in Him alone. This is a call to revival for all who have wandered far from God or His grace that is the basis for our relationship with Him. This is also a call to salvation for those who do not know Him personally, promising a free but abundant and eternal life that is better than money can buy.

God’s invitation is issued to the thirsty and the penniless—all who will recognize their need for spiritual blessing and their inability to meet the need themselves. “Waters” and “wine and milk” are symbols of abundant spiritual blessings. These blessings are the waters of the Holy Spirit, the wine of joy, and the milk of God’s Word. They are the free gifts of grace, without money and price. True satisfaction and lasting pleasure are found only in God! As Jesus spoke to the Samaritan woman: "Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life." (John 4:13-14)

When we return to God, we will also receive all the “sure mercies” promised to David (2 Sam. 7) in the everlasting covenant (Isaiah 55:3b; Psalm 89:3, 4, 28, 29). This covenant promises that a descendant of David will rule eternally over a kingdom that will bless all the nations (Luke 1:32, 33; 2:30–32). This will be fulfilled one day in the Lord Jesus Christ and in His glorious reign. We will share in the benefits of God’s kingdom. However, the pathway of blessing lies in seeking the Lord and in forsaking sin. When we thus return to the Lord, we will find Him full of mercy and pardon (Isaiah 55:6-7).

Thus, to those who “spend money for what is not bread” and “wages for what does not satisfy” (Isaiah 55:2), God offers a compelling invitation: “Come to Me … and your soul shall live” (v. 3). This marvelous call of God is extended to everyone in this world. Anyone who is thirsty can drink of His waters of grace (55:1, 5).

This same invitation is still in effect for everyone today. In the Book of Revelation, the Lord says, “I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts…and let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires let him take the water of life freely” (Rev. 21:6; 22:17).

Have you personally responded to God’s gift of life, through faith in Jesus Christ? Are you unsatisfied with what the world offers you? Are you still dying of thirst? God invites you to come, drink and enjoy the abundant life that He has made available for everyone!

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