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, May 5, 2015

‘HUMILITY’ – an initial STEP towards RESTORATION

‘HUMILITY’ – an initial STEP towards RESTORATION

May 5 Bible Reading: 2 Chronicles Chapters 10-12

"So the leaders of Israel and the king humbled themselves; and they said, "The Lord is righteous." Now when the Lord saw that they humbled themselves, the word of the Lord came to Shemaiah, saying, "They have humbled themselves; therefore I will not destroy them, but I will grant them some deliverance. My wrath shall not be poured out on Jerusalem by the hand of Shishak. When he humbled himself, the wrath of the Lord turned from him, so as not to destroy him completely; and things also went well in Judah" (2 Chron. 12:6-7, 12).

The event detailed in 12:1-12 illustrates God’s response to Rehoboam to the initial step taken as per His directive: "If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves…” (7:14a). God had promised that Israel would receive relief from the hardships caused by their sin if the people would turn to Him in humility. When Shemaiah the prophet came to Rehoboam a second time and delivered his message of doom (11:2), the king and the princes of Judah humbled themselves before God. Instantly, we see God’s mercy and grace provided deliverance from serving their captors Egypt!

God used Shishak, the king of Egypt to bring Rehoboam to the initial step of repentance through humility, and he regained much of his power and glory (12:12–13). However, the overall indictment from God was still negative as Rehoboam "did evil, because he did not prepare his heart to seek the Lord" (12:14).

We need to understand that the king’s conduct had inevitable consequences on the nation. When a king obeyed God, the Lord would bless the nation. When the king turned away from the Lord, the people in his kingdom would suffer. But when the king repented and humbled himself before God, God’s forgiveness and restoration would cover both him and his kingdom.

Humility is an initial step towards restoration, and as His children, we need to have the mind of Jesus Christ who displayed humility in the complete sense (see Phil. 2:1-7). Not only does God hear the prayers of the humble (2 Chron. 7:14), but He saves those who are humble (Psalm 18:27) and preserves the lives of humble people (Psalm 147:6). Also, God cares for the humble (Isaiah 66:2), and He will exalt the humble (Luke 18:14).

Today, let us humble ourselves before others and God (James 4:10) to receive God’s grace in our lives!

Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for "God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble." Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time (1 Peter 5:5-6).

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