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, September 23, 2014

EXPERIENCING a FAMINE of GOD’s WORD in the FUTURE

EXPERIENCING a FAMINE of GOD’s WORD in the FUTURE

September 23 Bible Reading: Amos Chapters 7-9

"Behold, the days are coming," says the Lord God, "that I will send a famine on the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord. They shall wander from sea to sea, and from north to east; they shall run to and fro, seeking the word of the Lord, but shall not find it." (Amos 8:11-12)

The vision of the summer fruit in Amos chapter 8 shows that Israel is ripe for judgment, which will come very soon. One aspect of the judgment will be that people will long to hear the word of the Lord, but it will be withheld from them. Famine and drought (of God’s word) will prevail. This curse actually originates from the covenant law (see Deut. 32:20; Hos. 3:4). We see this curse in effect during the period of the judges when sin abounded (Judg. 21:25) and “the word of the Lord was rare” (1 Sam. 3:1).

We need to understand that from the beginning, Israel had expressed its contempt for God’s Word by trying to mix the worship of God with idolatry. When God sent His prophets, they were not welcomed (see 7:10–13). Now, God will grant Israel’s desire. He will not impose His Word on them and they will find that very troubling. They will run everywhere to seek the word of God but will not find it. Their search would be in vain because God would not send them a prophetic word during their time of calamity.

It is very important to remember that God’s Word is our spiritual nourishment (Matt. 4:4; 1 Pet. 2:2), and there can be no substitute. When we reject God’s Word by refusing to read it and meditate it on a daily basis, a day is coming when God will take away His Word from us, which will leave us hungry and unsatisfied. Oh, that we may find time to dwell on God’s Word today and everyday!

"Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord." (Col 3:16)

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