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, July 28, 2015

Let’s have a ‘CONCERN’ for our FUTURE GENERATION

Let’s have a ‘CONCERN’ for our FUTURE GENERATION

July 28 Bible Reading: Isaiah Chapters 37-39

Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah, "Hear the word of the Lord of hosts: 'Behold, the days are coming when all that is in your house, and what your fathers have accumulated until this day, shall be carried to Babylon; nothing shall be left,' says the Lord. 'And they shall take away some of your sons who will descend from you, whom you will beget; and they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.'" So Hezekiah said to Isaiah, "The word of the Lord which you have spoken is good!" For he said, "At least there will be peace and truth in my days." (Isaiah 39:5-8)

The incident in Isaiah 39 is used to introduce the coming Babylonian captivity and exile. Bible scholars believe that this incident took place after Hezekiah’s recovery and that it was associated with Merodach-Baladan’s rebellion against Assyria in 703 B.C. King Hezekiah was generally a wise ruler who feared the Lord and helped his nation prosper. Under his capable leadership, Judah regained much of the spiritual and political ground it had lost under Ahaz.

However, Isaiah 39 recounts Hezekiah’s great diplomatic blunder. God’s great victories over the Assyrian army and over Hezekiah’s personal illness made him vulnerable to pride (see 2 Chron. 32:25). Because of pride in wealth and military might, he showed the Babylonian envoys all the treasures and arms of Judah. Isaiah rebuked Hezekiah and predicted that one day Babylon would carry away all the wealth along with the people themselves. This prophecy was fulfilled 100 years later, exactly according to Isaiah’s prediction!

Strangely, instead of repenting for his prideful error, King Hezekiah merely remarked that he, at least, would have peace during his reign. This reaction of Hezekiah reveals his selfish relief that God’s judgment will not fall on him personally even though he had erred in his pride. How shortsighted had King Hezekiah become now? Had he no concern for the future of his generation? What we see is that Hezekiah robbed from his children’s future while buying short-term comfort at the price of their long-term interests!

Let us not be like King Hezekiah who was insensitive to what would happen to his children, but cried bitterly when he himself was in trouble (37:1) or, nearing death (38:1-3). Instead, let us always have a concern for our future generation. We all work hard and save money for our children and the generations following them. However, let us be sensitive to the fact that we need to build up strong foundations for our future generation through praying for them earnestly, teaching them the rich truths of God’s Word, and living out a Christ-like life that they can model as well. God desires from our life that we leave a rich legacy for our future generation to emulate!

"Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one's youth. Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them; they shall not be ashamed, but shall speak with their enemies in the gate." (Psalms 127:3-5)

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