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 2, 2014

STANDING in the GAP on BEHALF of OTHERS

STANDING in the GAP on BEHALF of OTHERS

September 2 Bible Reading: Ezekiel Chapters 22-24

"So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one. Therefore I have poured out My indignation on them; I have consumed them with the fire of My wrath; and I have recompensed their deeds on their own heads," says the Lord God. (Ezek 22:30-31)

In one of the saddest verses in the book of Ezekiel, God Himself confesses that He found no one who could stand in the gap in order to stem the tide that would inevitably bring destruction (v. 30). God could not find a qualified spiritual leader to stand before God in intercession and lead the people to repentance.
  • “Making a wall” gives an image of leading the people to repentance. This is what God had to say about the false prophets earlier: "You have not gone up into the gaps to build a wall for the house of Israel to stand in battle on the day of the Lord." (Ezek 13:5)
  • “Standing in the gap” gives an image of interceding to God for His people (Genesis 20:7; Exodus 32:11; Numbers 16:48). In the history of Israel, God had raised up “gap people” to stand in the breach and stay off the judgment. Moses and Phinehas were such men (Psalms 106:23, 30), as were Joseph (Psalms 105:17) and Samuel (1 Samuel 3).
The imagery here is also that of a wall with a section broken down by a siege. If no soldier stands in the gap to repulse the enemy, the city surely will be taken. God represented Himself as against His people, and He was unable to find anyone who could turn away the coming judgment (see Ezek. 14:13–20). All classes of society were guilty before the Lord — rulers (v. 25); priests (v. 26); magistrates (v. 27); prophets (v. 28); and people (v. 29). Thus, not a righteous person, a reformer or an intercessor could be found in Israel to stand before God.

God is not looking for new methods or programs, but is looking for “gap people” with the courage to stand for what is right, even if they must stand alone. They will not only build strong walls but become walls by standing in the gap in the hour of danger. As the “gap people” we can act as go-betweens in the troubles around us by “standing in the gap” to bridge chasms of indifference and oppression. We can do what we can to stem the tide of evil and tell others of the opportunity to know God through His Son Jesus Christ. 
Above all, we can earnestly intercede to God on behalf of others in prayer.

Remember, one person can make all the difference! Will that person be YOU?

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