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, August 14, 2015

God SETS His EYES on US to DRAW us to HIMSELF

God SETS His EYES on US to DRAW us to HIMSELF

August 14 Bible Reading: Jeremiah Chapters 22-24

"Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: 'Like these good figs, so will I acknowledge those who are carried away captive from Judah, whom I have sent out of this place for their own good, into the land of the Chaldeans. For I will set My eyes on them for good, and I will bring them back to this land; I will build them and not pull them down, and I will plant them and not pluck them up. Then I will give them a heart to know Me, that I am the Lord; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God, for they shall return to Me with their whole heart.'" (Jer. 24:5-7)

As a setting for this prophetical utterance, God showed Jeremiah two baskets of figs set in front of the temple. One basket contained very good figs and the other contained very bad figs. The good figs pictured the exiles in Babylon who would be brought back to the land because they would return to God with their whole heart. They were identified with the deported exiled Jews whom God had set apart for good. God would bring back these captives, establish them in the land, and multiply their crops. Above all, God would give them a heart to know Him and draw them to Himself!

The fact that God had set His eyes on the deported Jews to draw them to Himself is surprising since the people of Jerusalem believed that those in captivity had been forsaken by God. Yet God promised to “watch over” the remnant in captivity and restore them in their land. God also promised to give them a new heart so they would know Him and return to Him. We now know that these promises were made to usher in a new covenant with the people of Israel (see Jer. 31:31–34). Also, the full blessings of fellowship promised by God would be fulfilled only when God again would gather Israel at the beginning of Christ’s millennial reign on earth (Matt. 24:29–31).

When the people of Israel finally return to God, He will give them new “whole hearts”. This will happen when their entire lives are dedicated to God with an absolute commitment to the divine covenant. They will then experience true spiritual regeneration since only God can create this source of new life within the nation of Israel and within every individual who turns in faith and trust in Jehovah God. Let us note that God’s blessing upon the exiles would be both physical and spiritual. Physically, the captives would be brought back into the land. Spiritually, the captives would be given a new heart to return to the Lord and serve Him.

When we apply this prophetical word to our lives, we should be clear that God has set His eyes upon us as well to draw us to Himself as well: "For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him." (2 Chron. 16:9) Day and night God’s eyes are upon us, and He desires to have an intimate fellowship with us at all times. Are we willing to acknowledge God in every area of our lives today and always?

"Therefore submit to God...draw near to God and He will draw near to you." (James 4:7-8)

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