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.

Monday, April 4, 2016

GOD is always working BEHIND-THE-SCENES on our BEHALF

GOD is always working BEHIND-THE-SCENES on our BEHALF

April 4 Bible Reading: 2 Samuel Chapters 16-18

So Absalom and all the men of Israel said, "The advice of Hushai the Archite is better than the advice of Ahithophel." For the Lord had purposed to defeat the good advice of Ahithophel, to the intent that the Lord might bring disaster on Absalom. (2 Sam. 17:14)     

Ahithophel was not only a trusted royal counselor, but he was also a valued friend of King David. This is evident from the following description about Ahithophel from King David himself: "But it was you, a man my equal, my companion and my acquaintance. We took sweet counsel together and walked to the house of God in the throng" (Psalms 55:13-14). Ahithophel’s counsel was highly respected in those days and his advice carried a lot of weight in the royal palace: "Now the advice of Ahithophel, which he gave in those days, was as if one had inquired at the oracle of God. So was all the advice of Ahithophel both with David and with Absalom" (16:23).

It is therefore surprising how he got into such a lofty position when his name means ‘brother of foolishness’. He was the father of Eliam, one of David’s ‘mighty men’ and numbered among the ‘thirty’ (23:34). It was possible that he was Bathsheba’s grandfather (11:3), which might help explain why he sided with Absalom in his ill-fated rebellion. One piece of Ahithophel’s advice that Absalom followed was to lie with David’s concubines (16:21), an act which fulfilled Nathan’s prophecy (12:11–12) and in effect meant that Absalom was assuming the throne of Israel from King David.

Having been successful in his first counsel, Ahithophel next advised Absalom to muster twelve thousand men, overtake David, kill him unexpectedly, and bring his followers back to Jerusalem. Ahithophel’s counsel called for an immediate following up of the situation before David could regroup. Absalom was pleased to hear this counsel, but decided to call Hushai for a second opinion. This was the opportunity Hushai had been waiting for, and God used his skillful way with words to defeat Absalom. Hushai’s counsel reminded Absalom of David’s abilities as a guerrilla fighter, and of the need for careful planning and for the gathering of sufficient troops so as to make a decisive victory certain. Hushai also suggested that Absalom himself lead in the campaign in order that he might gain everyone’s respect. Absalom decided that Hushai’s advice was the better one, so he rejected Ahithophel’s counsel just as David had prayed earlier (see 15:31).

In fact, God had sovereignly caused Hushai’s counsel to be accepted, thus buying David valuable time. In the providence of God, David would be protected by God even though he was betrayed by his former counselor and military adviser Ahithophel. God had thus worked through Hushai to overthrow Absalom’s rebellion. Let us clearly understand that even though God does not openly intervene at times, He is far from being inactive. We can ask ourselves the following question: How is God working on our behalf today? Based on God’s Word, we can infer the following six ways as a start:
  1. God is causing all things to work for our good: Romans 8:28
  2. God is interceding for us in heaven as our High Priest: Hebrews 7:23-28
  3. God is protecting us from our enemy: Psalm 27:1-3
  4. God is providing for all our needs: Psalm 23:1-3
  5. God is working out His glory in us: Philippians 2:13
  6. God is preparing a place for is in heaven: John 14:1-3
Let’s never forget that God is always working behind-the-scenes on our behalf. Let’s pray that God will confuse and frustrate every advice of wicked and ungodly counsel against us today!

"What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Who shall bring a charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us." (Romans 8:31-34)

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