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.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

God will EXALT us to INHERIT His Kingdom one day

God will EXALT us to INHERIT His Kingdom one day

May 23 Bible Reading: Esther Chapters 7-10

"On that day King Ahasuerus gave Queen Esther the house of Haman, the enemy of the Jews. And Mordecai came before the king, for Esther had told how he was related to her. So the king took off his signet ring, which he had taken from Haman, and gave it to Mordecai; and Esther appointed Mordecai over the house of Haman." (Esther 8:1-2)

As we come towards the end of the book of Esther, we can see the magnificent display of God’s grace through which the Jews were not only saved from a Persian holocaust but were also able to turn the tables on their enemies. Haman was exposed, convicted and hanged to death in the same gallows that he had prepared for his enemy Mordecai in advance (7:10).

According to Persian custom, the property of a traitor was confiscated by the king of the land. Haman’s property, possessions, and, most likely, all the people in his house were confiscated and given to Esther, and his elevated position was given to Mordecai.  The king gave Mordecai his ring (8:8) and thereby promoted Mordecai to the highest office in the kingdom, the same position that Haman had held previously (3:10). Mordecai was also appointed as the overseer of all of Haman’s properties and possessions!

This story speaks about God’s ultimate justice, and gives us some answers regarding why evil people are enjoying wealth, power, prestige and worldly influence today while good and righteous people are suffering injustice in this world. In this regard, here is an uplifting thought from Joseph Stowell that he has penned in his book “The Upside of Down”:
"God’s power to take the most negative situations and turn them into positive realities worthy of His praise is demonstrated throughout biblical history. There is not a crisis that goes beyond the bounds of God’s creative power. Whether the difficulties come from Satan or other people, or are self-inflicted, or are experienced in the process of our obedience, it is the prerogative of God to rearrange, reconstruct, reinterpret, and realign the situation to bring glory and praise to His name.… Even Christ’s death on the cross was transformed by the power of God into positive results and residual benefits of the redemption that many of us have come to know and enjoy. Since God is just, all that He permits is consistent with His justice.… God’s justice guarantees that ultimately all that is unfair will be dealt with. We are naive to assume that all of life in its fallen condition is fair and just. It is only safe to realize that God is just and that in His time and in His own way He will deal with both the injustice and those who have been unjust."
Let us patiently wait for God’s timing for one day He will make everything that is wrong and unjust today right. God is coming soon to judge the earth with righteousness and the peoples with truth one day (Psalm 96:13). God will exalt us to inherit His kingdom one day!

"Wait on the Lord, and keep His way, and He shall exalt you to inherit the land; when the wicked are cut off, you shall see it." (Psalms 37:34) 

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