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.

Friday, September 26, 2014

ONE PERSON can make ALL the DIFFERENCE

ONE PERSON can make ALL the DIFFERENCE

September 26 Bible Reading: Micah Chapters 1-3

"But truly I am full of power by the Spirit of the Lord, and of justice and might, to declare to Jacob his transgression and to Israel his sin." (Micah 3:8)

Judah’s leadership was corrupt. Civil and religious leaders alike were “in it for the money,” as they looked out only for themselves. This could have been a time of great discouragement, but Micah saw it as an opportunity to take a bold stand for the Lord.

In one of the most remarkable contrasts in the entire book, Micah began verse 8 by stating, “But truly I am. . . .” Others may have thrown in the towel, but Micah stood firm. He was filled with God’s “power” that came from the “Spirit of the Lord.” He was also filled with “justice and might.” Turning to Judah’s leaders, he boldly spoke of their sin and judgment. The leaders, the priests, and the prophets had all perverted what was right for material gain. As a result of their corrupt leadership, Jerusalem would “become a heap of ruins” (v. 12).

Thus, unlike the silenced false prophets (vv. 5–7), Micah was divinely empowered (see 1 Cor. 2:13). It was the Lord’s Spirit that empowered him to stand up to his generation and boldly point out their sins.

Micah’s willingness to stand for what was right changed an entire generation. God held back His judgment because a nation repented in response to Micah’s words and deeds. Remember, one person can make all the difference! Are you willing to be filled with God’s Spirit and be a spokesman for God?

"Knowing this first that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit." (2 Peter 1:20-21)

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