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, May 3, 2015

God ‘ALWAYS’ keeps His PROMISES

God ‘ALWAYS’ keeps His PROMISES

May 3 Bible Reading: 2 Chronicles Chapters 4-6

"Lord God of Israel, there is no God in heaven or on earth like You, who keep Your covenant and mercy with Your servants who walk before You with all their hearts. You have kept what You promised Your servant David my father; You have both spoken with Your mouth and fulfilled it with Your hand, as it is this day. Therefore, Lord God of Israel, now keep what You promised Your servant David my father, saying, 'You shall not fail to have a man sit before Me on the throne of Israel, only if your sons take heed to their way, that they walk in My law as you have walked before Me.' And now, O Lord God of Israel, let Your word come true, which You have spoken to Your servant David" (2 Chron. 6:14-17).

After building a magnificent temple for God and making a short inaugural speech before all the assembled elders, leaders and all the people of Israel (2 Chron. 6:1-11), King Solomon began his dedicatory prayer by reminding God that He always keeps His promises. God had kept His word thus far concerning His promises to David, and Solomon asked that His faithfulness might continue in the future.

Falling on his knees on a platform built for this special occasion, Solomon displayed his humility as a model for the people (vv. 12–13). He first acknowledged the Lord as the only God, the Covenant-Maker and Covenant-Keeper who had fulfilled His promise to David about dynastic succession (vv. 14–17). Then he described the Lord as the God who keeps covenant and mercy. This was a bedrock belief for the Israelites—that they worshiped a God who could be counted on to keep His promises.
Our Jehovah God is different from everyone else in this world as He alone made and kept a covenant with His people, something unheard of in the religious traditions of the nations. What Solomon declared to God as he began his prayer makes sense to every child of God who can reflect on God’s faithfulness through His everlasting covenant and mercy.  The word for mercy here connotes loyalty; it means that God is faithful to His servants—to those who walk before Him with all their hearts, otherwise they would face divine retribution (Deut. 7:9–12; 30:15–20).

God had made the following covenant to King David many years ago: "When your days are fulfilled and you rest with your fathers, I will set up your seed after you, who will come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. I will be his Father, and he shall be My son" (2 Sam. 7:12-14). Solomon was now asking God to fulfill all of the covenant promises He had made with David that included establishing the throne of his descendant forever. We should note that this covenant will be ultimately fulfilled through Jesus Christ (who was born as the seed of David) whose kingdom will eventually be established forever and continue throughout eternity.

God always performs what He promises through His word. In a world of uncertainty and fickle-minded people, we can trust in a faithful God who always keeps His promises. God has already given us exceedingly great and precious promises in His word that through these we may be partakers of His divine nature (2 Peter 1:4). Let us cling closer to our God who is trustworthy and who always keeps His promises!

"For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us. Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee" (2 Cor 1:20-22).

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