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.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Let’s RETURN to GOD & RENEW our COVENANT with Him

Let’s RETURN to GOD & RENEW our COVENANT with Him

August 23 Bible Reading: Jeremiah Chapters 49-52

"In those days and in that time," says the Lord, "the children of Israel shall come, they and the children of Judah together; with continual weeping they shall come, and seek the Lord their God. They shall ask the way to Zion, with their faces toward it, saying, 'Come and let us join ourselves to the Lord in a perpetual covenant that will not be forgotten.'" (Jer 50:4-5)

This is a message of hope for the return and restoration of Israel and Judah interposed in the prophecies against Babylon in Jeremiah chapters 50 & 51. Six times, after Jeremiah speaks of judgment on Babylon, he predicts blessing for Israel and Judah and the above referenced verses (4–5) form the first. Jews in exile are told to lead the return of captives to their own lands because Babylon will be plundered.

Jeremiah announced to the nations the public humiliation of Babylon. She would be captured and her gods would be put to shame. Jeremiah’s prophecy looked beyond the fall of Babylon to Cyrus in 539 B.C., to describe an end-time destruction that will reverse the fortunes of Israel and Judah. The destruction of Babylon will be the climax of God’s judgment on the gentile powers that have oppressed His people, and will open the way for the fulfillment of His promises to Israel (Isa. 13–14; Zech. 5:5–11; Rev. 17–18).

How would the Israelites return to God & be restored in fellowship with Him?
  1. They shall weep and cry in repentance (as the Israelites did in Samuel’s time, 1 Samuel 7:2).
  2. They shall inquire after the Lord and seek His face for help.
  3. They shall renew their covenant and walk with God more closely.
What we see here is that Israel and Judah would be restored one day as they seek the Lord in mournful repentance, looking for help to return home. They would enter into a perpetual covenant with the Lord that they would not forget or reject (see Ezekiel 16:60). Throughout this prophecy, God gives words of hope to His people still in captivity. Both Israel and Judah will be reunited and restored to their land (50:4–5). The scattered flock will be gathered (50:6–7, 17) and the sinful nation forgiven (50:19–20). They are guilty of sin, but God the Judge will plead their case (50:33–34). The forsaken wife will be reunited to her Husband (51:5), and the nation will be vindicated (51:10).

Let’s also return to God and renew our covenant with Him!

"Seek the Lord while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, and He will have mercy on him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon." (Isaiah 55:6-7)

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