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.

Monday, August 25, 2014

PRAY to GOD for RESTORATION and RENEWAL

PRAY to GOD for RESTORATION and RENEWAL

August 25 Bible Reading: Lamentations Chapters 4-5

"You, O Lord, remain forever; Your throne from generation to generation. Why do You forget us forever, and forsake us for so long a time? Turn us back to You, O Lord, and we will be restored; renew our days as of old, unless You have utterly rejected us, and are very angry with us!" (Lam 5:19-22)

The Book of Lamentations ends on a note of hope and a powerful bit of wisdom by affirming that God remains forever (v. 19). Jeremiah’s sadness concerning the state of Judah and the fall of Jerusalem is ameliorated only by his awareness that God alone remains unchangeable. Situations and circumstances may undergo rapid change, but God is eternally on His throne. Therefore, there is cause for hope. In spite of severe suffering because of her sin, Judah had not been abandoned as a nation. In a final burst of faith, this prayer lays hold of restoration and renewal in the Lord.

God’s eternal rule and reign are a hope and support during the bleakest moments of suffering and despair (see Psalms 80:1, 2; 89:3, 4; 103:19). In the light of God’s unchanging faithfulness and righteousness (Psalms 52:1; Malachi 3:6; James 1:17), Jeremiah pleads with God to act so that the hearts of His people will be turned back to Him in godly sorrow and full repentance. Without genuine repentance and conversion there can be no restoration to the former relationship between God and His people!

From the book of Lamentations, we can note that the road to renewal in our lives will also take the following steps:
  1. Step 1: From sin to suffering (Lam. 1:8)
  2. Step 2: From sorrow to repentance (Lam. 1:20)
  3. Step 3: From prayer to hope (Lam. 3:19–24)
  4. Step 4: From faith to restoration (Lam. 5:21)
Let us always remember that God’s chastening is proof that He loves us and has not forsaken us (Heb. 12:5–11). One day, He will take us out of the furnace and give us a new start. We will be restored and renewed if we let Him have His way.

"Restore us, O God; cause Your face to shine, and we shall be saved!" (Psalms 80:3)

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