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, September 28, 2014

GOD KNOWS those who TRUST in HIM

GOD KNOWS those who TRUST in HIM

September 28 Bible Reading: Nahum Chapters 1-3

“The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; and He knows those who trust in Him." (Nahum 1:7)

Nahum focused on three unique aspects of God’s character. First, God would destroy Nineveh because of His justice. He does “not leave the guilty unpunished” (v. 3). His compassion for the people of Judah caused Him to oppose those who oppressed His people. Second, God would destroy Nineveh because of His omnipotence (v. 3). Third, God would destroy Nineveh because of His goodness (v. 7). He is a refuge for those who look to Him for help in times of trouble.

Jehovah God is intrinsically good; and His goodness is manifested in two ways: He protects those who trust, but His enemies will experience destruction. When He punishes, no one can withstand Him. His judgment would sweep like an overflowing flood through Assyria, destroying Nineveh, her capital. Yet He is good to those who trust in Him.

The Assyrians regarded Nineveh as an invincible fortress. Beyond its massive walls, a system of canals, moats, outworks, and armed guards provided strong defenses. But as strong as Nineveh is, this city will be destroyed by a flood (v. 8) and a fire (v. 10). However, God’s people will be safe in their refuge, Jehovah God. If people put their trust in God, they will experience Him as good and a defense against trouble. When help is needed God will be their impregnable fortress (Psalms 46:1). God will be a real stronghold for those who trust in Him! However, if they follow wickedness, they will experience Him as destruction.

For us who obey God and walk in His footsteps, this verse is the best news of all. Because we know that the Lord is good, we can endure the tribulations of life. In times of trouble and difficulty, we need to focus totally on God’s justice, power, and mercy.

"Truly God is good to Israel, to such as are pure in heart." (Psalms 73:1) "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble." (Psalms 46:1)

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