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.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

“BE STRONG” – CHRIST is COMING BACK with a VENGEANCE

“BE STRONG” – CHRIST is COMING BACK with a VENGEANCE

July 27 Bible Reading: Isaiah Chapters 34-36

“Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees. Say to those who are fearful-hearted, ‘Be strong, do not fear! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God; He will come and save you.’” (Isaiah 35:3-4)

After the great and awesome destructions predicted earlier, the prophet Isaiah now turns to a message of hope for the future. Now he brings forth an evangelistic message and an exalted vision of the future of redeemed Israel. After all the rebellious nations are destroyed, Jesus Christ will return to this earth to establish His glorious kingdom and rule in glory and excellence!

In the millennial messianic kingdom, the entire spiritual evil as well as the physical catastrophes shall be reversed; and the land along with the righteous people will be blessed. After the great destruction of the Tribulation period will come the blessings of the millennial age when the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose. There will be increased fertility of the land as every type of disability will be removed. As a result, there will be a great rejoicing to celebrate the transformation of the desert into well-irrigated fields.

In the above referenced verses, the prophet Isaiah urges the people to encourage one another in order to strengthen their faith. We should remember that the people of Israel had been persecuted through the centuries, and it is very likely that their endurance and hope of their Messiah ever coming back may fail. So, the Israelites should remind and encourage themselves in the knowledge of the coming fulfillment of God’s promised blessings for them.

We now know that this prophecy is actually about Christ coming back to rule and judge the people of this world. He is coming back with a vengeance to undo all the wrong acts that have been perpetrated upon this earth: "For it is the day of the Lord's vengeance, the year of recompense for the cause of Zion" (34:8). Ultimately, God’s acts of judgment will be His acts of mercy as the unrighteous will be cut off forever. A time of unparalleled blessing and prosperity on the earth will be ushered in for all its righteous inhabitants!

We can reassure ourselves with the knowledge that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is coming soon. When He comes, justice will be restored and salvation that He initiated during His first earthly visit (see Luke 19:10) will be complete. His presence will bring about a change in the hearts of His people, and those who are afraid will be strengthened when He comes to save them from their oppressors. Jesus will establish His eternal kingdom upon this earth by delivering and glorifying His saints while judging and punishing the wicked and the oppressors of His children (Joel 2:31; Zeph. 1:7; 2:13–18). God will bring complete deliverance to the oppressed and establish justice on earth!

Let us be aware that God wants sinners to repent and believers to be encouraged every day. When Christ comes back to reign upon this earth, the weak will be made strong. As we wait for the physical blessings that will accompany the reign of Christ, let us enjoy them spiritually today as God gives us deliverance, fruitfulness, strength, holiness, and joy when we yield to Him daily. Let us be strong and strengthen others as well since Christ is coming back with a vengeance!

"Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed. Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord" (Heb. 12:12-14).

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