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.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

God will FIGHT our BATTLES if we CRY OUT to HIM

God will FIGHT our BATTLES if we CRY OUT to HIM

April 23 Bible Reading: 1 Chronicles Chapters 4-6

"The sons of Reuben, the Gadites, and half the tribe of Manasseh had forty-four thousand seven hundred and sixty valiant men, men able to bear shield and sword, to shoot with the bow, and skillful in war, who went to war. They made war with the Hagrites, Jetur, Naphish, and Nodab. And they were helped against them, and the Hagrites were delivered into their hand, and all who were with them, for they cried out to God in the battle. He heeded their prayer, because they put their trust in Him. Then they took away their livestock--fifty thousand of their camels, two hundred and fifty thousand of their sheep, and two thousand of their donkeys--also one hundred thousand of their men; for many fell dead, because the war was God's." (1 Chronicles 5:18-22)

The two-and-half tribes of Reuben, Gad and Manasseh had settled east of the Jordan River and had not entered into the Promised Land during the time of Moses and Joshua (Numbers 32; Joshua 13:15-33). The story in the above passage is about these people and illustrates the importance of prayer and reliance on God in battle, which is a theme appearing frequently in the book of Chronicles. There are many other occasions that emphasize how God answered the prayers of His people that were offered during times of battle (see 2 Chronicles 6:34; 13:14; 14:11; 18:31; 32:20).

What we can see in this passage is that these two-and-half tribes went into battle with the Hagrites of Trans-Jordan (Ishmaelites) assisted by the related peoples of Jetur, and Nephish, and Nodab, all of whom were apparently descendants of Hagar’s son Ishmael (Gen 25:15). With a small army of 44,760 men, they defeated a much bigger enemy force. They had trusted in their God (v. 20), and He gave them victory and abundant spoils (v. 21). All credit for success was attributed to God alone!

We need to recognize God’s divine government in operation as He directs political affairs among men in accordance with His intended purposes. Ultimately it was God who brought success in the battle because they cried out to God and put their trust in Him. "The war was God's" confirms the statement about God helping His people during their battle!

Just as God was so ferocious in His defense of the Jewish people back in the Old Testament – God can be just as intense and just as ferocious in His defense of us when we cry out to Him for help. God is all-powerful and there is nothing that He cannot do on our behalf, which would include handling any type of stormy cloud that may have just come across our way. Today, God is just waiting for you to go directly to Him so that He can fight your battles on your behalf as you put your trust completely in Him!

“For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him” (2 Chronicles 16:9). "Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us" (Romans 8:37).

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