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.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

It’s TIME to take a ‘STAND’ and truly ‘FOLLOW JESUS’

It’s TIME to take a ‘STAND’ and truly ‘FOLLOW JESUS’

May 13 Bible Reading: 2 Chronicles Chapters 34-36

"Then the king stood in his place and made a covenant before the Lord, to follow the Lord, and to keep His commandments and His testimonies and His statutes with all his heart and all his soul, to perform the words of the covenant that were written in this book. And he made all who were present in Jerusalem and Benjamin take a stand. So the inhabitants of Jerusalem did according to the covenant of God, the God of their fathers." (2 Chron. 34:31-32)

Josiah was only eight years old when he became the king of Judah (v. 1). Not only did he do right in the sight of God, he also sought to obey all the commandments of God with all his heart (34:2-3). When he heard from the ‘Book of the Law’ what God required from His people, he humbled himself and wept before God since his heart was tender (v. 27). In order to get everyone involved and committed in serving God, Josiah sent and gathered all the elders residing in Judah and Jerusalem (v. 29) as well as the priests, Levites, and all people together in the house of God.

To address his people, King Josiah stood by a pillar, which was the official location from which a king made his authoritative declarations. Then he personally read out all the words of the Covenant for everyone to hear. After the reading was completed, Josiah stood in his place and made a personal covenant to follow God and obey all of God’s commandments written in the ‘Book of the Law’ and took a public stand (v. 31). He then made all the people to join him in this public renewal of God’s relationship with them (v. 32). After all, the result of Bible knowledge ought to be obedience and service, a living commitment to the God of the Word!

Very few of the kings of Judah promised to follow God as Josiah, who modeled an earnest attempt to honor God. After David, only Joash, Hezekiah, and Josiah made such public commitments (see 23:3; 29:10; 1 Chr. 17:7–14). They stand head and shoulders above the other kings of Judah and Israel. In this day and age of political correctness and watered-down Christianity, it is time for God’s people to take a stand and follow Jesus like Josiah followed God in his time. This requires a lot of courage and sacrifice to stand against the tide of public opinion that seeks an easier route of compromise and tolerance.

As Evangelist David O. Nunn had one remarked, the church has become so worldly and the world has become so ‘churchy’ that it has become impossible to distinguish one from the other. God requires from us to take a stand of ‘No Compromise’ as it relates to areas of personal holiness, biblical adherence and doctrinal integrity. Let us stand firm in our beliefs and be ‘hot’ with our personal commitment to follow Christ; otherwise we will face the consequences of inaction one day!

"And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write, 'These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God: I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth." (Rev. 3:14-16)

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