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.

Friday, June 19, 2015

UNDERSTANDING the PATH of ‘TRUE REVIVAL’

UNDERSTANDING the PATH of ‘TRUE REVIVAL’

June 19 Bible Reading: Psalms Chapters 82-89

"Restore us, O God of our salvation, and cause Your anger toward us to cease. Will You be angry with us forever? Will You prolong Your anger to all generations? Will You not revive us again, that Your people may rejoice in You?" (Psalms 85:4-6)

The above petition indicates that the occasion of this psalm was a time of national humiliation. The people are asking for God’s anger to cease, for national revival, and for a new display of His mercy. This psalm starts with a remembrance of God’s past favors (vv. 1–3) and ends with the psalmist’s certainty of obtaining deliverance from God (vv. 8–13). The first section of this psalm states that God’s anger has turned away from the people (v. 3). Yet until the restoration is complete, the people still feel the effects of God’s wrath. This suggests an understanding that the people’s troubles were due to their own sin disciplined by God!

It is logical therefore that since the people’s misfortunes came from their sin before God, the forgiveness of sins indicates that God’s wrath will be quenched due to God’s grace. When God restores, He first brings His people to repentance, then He forgives their sins, and then He terminates the punishment that resulted from His anger.

We lose joy when sin enters into our lives. When our fellowship is broken with God and other believers, then our song along with our joy and laughter is gone. That may be the reason the psalmist is asking this question: “Will You not revive us again, that Your people may rejoice in You?” When God restores His people it is a gracious demonstration of His mercy. New beginnings should lead to experiences of new life!

So, what is the outward sign of a true revival? This psalm indicates that revival is the restoration of joy in the hearts of the people of God. When revival happens, we are brought from the brink of apathy to a place where we are deeply sensitive about God’s workings in our lives. It starts from repentance (v.2) to restoration (v.4) that results in renewal and revival (v.6) and culminates in rejoicing over what God is doing in and through us (v.6). Can we seek God earnestly so that He revives us to rejoice in Him?

"O Lord, revive Your work in the midst of the years! In the midst of the years make it known; in wrath remember mercy." (Hab. 3:2)

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