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, June 4, 2015

UNDERSTAND the FALLACY of ‘PROSPERITY GOSPEL’

UNDERSTAND the FALLACY of ‘PROSPERITY GOSPEL’

June 4 Bible Reading: Job Chapters 34-36

"If they obey and serve Him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures. But if they do not obey, they shall perish by the sword, and they shall die without knowledge." (Job 36:11-12)

In Elihu’s fourth speech, he professes to draw from deep truths to defend the justice of God and to explain suffering. The Lord is eminently just in dealing with the wicked and the oppressed as well as the righteous (vv. 7–9). Elihu states his thesis as follows: God is both mighty and just in His dealings with humankind (see 36:1–37:24).

Claiming to speak for God, Elihu repeats his instruction about God’s absolute justice and fairness. God opposes wicked men (vv. 5, 6); exalts righteous men (v. 7); tries to bring sinners to repentance (vv. 8–12), and delivers those who suffer unjustly (v. 15). If the righteous should suffer, it is God’s compassionate call to them to repent (vv. 7–10). Those who turn to the Lord will prosper, but those who do not will die.

According to Elihu, repentance was Job’s only alternative. Job should rejoice in affliction because of what he might learn from God. God knows the righteous and rewards them. But He disciplines them if they have acted defiantly. Elihu then tries to convince Job that this is what God is attempting to teach him through his suffering (vv. 17–23). Elihu proposed that suffering was always in direct proportion to sins and righteousness is always blessed. However, only the last judgment will reveal this (compare John 9:2, 3 with Rom. 2:6; 2 Cor. 5:10).

Let us live daily with the view of what we know to be true about God, the world, and ourselves. Our approach God should be always humble as we patiently embrace and endure suffering, knowing that God’s loving hand will prevail beyond it. Let us discern whether our present adversity, opposition, or restraint is part of God’s discipline, and if so, we should agree quickly with His correction and repent. Let us understand that although we are to seek to live righteously, our righteousness cannot earn God’s favor: grace is a gift, not a debt!

The ‘prosperity gospel’ is less than a half-truth! The God of the Bible is good; the God of the Bible indeed blesses. But the God of the Bible is the God who will see us through regardless of the circumstances. God sometimes blesses and we raise our hands in thanks. But other times we are not experiencing the blessing of God (or at least we think we are not), and what we learn is that God is there, watching and waiting for us to trust him, obey him, and learn that in loving him we have life's deepest blessing. He's with us, through thick and thin!

We may or we may not be prosperous; what we are called to be is faithful and loving! Let us understand the fallacy of the ‘prosperity gospel’ that was initially proposed by Elihu, and be sensitive to God’s Master Plan for our lives!

"Be wise as serpents and harmless as doves." (Matt. 10:16)

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