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, May 7, 2015

PARTNERSHIP with ‘UNBELIEVERS’ can lead to COMPROMISE

PARTNERSHIP with ‘UNBELIEVERS’ can lead to COMPROMISE

May 7 Bible Reading: 2 Chronicles Chapters 16-18

Jehoshaphat had riches and honor in abundance; and by marriage he allied himself with Ahab. After some years he went down to visit Ahab in Samaria; and Ahab killed sheep and oxen in abundance for him and the people who were with him, and persuaded him to go up with him to Ramoth Gilead. So Ahab king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat king of Judah, "Will you go with me against Ramoth Gilead?" And he answered him, "I am as you are, and my people as your people; we will be with you in the war." (2 Chron. 18:1-3)

Jehoshaphat was a godly king of Judah who walked in the commandments of God (17:3). He was delighted to serve God and removed all the high places and wooden images from Judah (v. 6). So God established his kingdom, and as added blessings he got riches and honor in abundance (v. 5). He promoted teaching of God’s laws throughout the land through his leadership team and the Levites (vv. 7-9). Jehoshaphat and the kingdom of Judah became so powerful with fortresses, storage cities, vast properties and mighty men of valor (vv. 12-13) that their neighboring kingdoms were afraid of making war with them.

In contrast with his early years, Jehoshaphat came under God’s curse because he ignored the prophetic warning and made an alliance with Ahab, the wicked king of Israel (18:1) through the marriage of his son Jehoram to Ahab’s daughter, Athaliah (21:6). This alliance led to Jehoshaphat’s involvement in battle as an ally of wicked Ahab of Israel against Syria (see I Kings 22:1–38). Although Jehoshaphat was more spiritual than Ahab, he was drawn into a war with Syria as a result of this “unequal yoke” of partnership, and this eventually led to compromise and disaster (2 Kings 11:1). This incident has been written later as an admonition to the people of God, even for today (1 Cor. 10:11–13).

King Jehoshaphat’s life is aptly described in Psalm 1:1–3. He walked in the right counsel (17:3), he delighted in God’s ways (17:6), and he was fruitful in his service, sharing the Word with the people (17:7–9). He practiced the fear of the Lord, so he was protected by the fear of the Lord. But Jehoshaphat allowed his son to marry from the wrong family and then joined with the wrong allies who forced him to fight the wrong war, and he almost came to the wrong end of his life journey. By walking “in the counsel of the ungodly” and “sitting with the scornful” (18:9; Psalms 1:1), Jehoshaphat found himself in serious trouble.

Let us listen to God’s admonition that we should not be “yoked together” with unbelievers as our partnership with them will eventually lead to compromise in our lives!

Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: "I will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they shall be My people." (2 Cor 6:14-16)

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