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.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

EXALT GOD for HIS wonderful WORKS & COUNSEL

EXALT GOD for HIS wonderful WORKS & COUNSEL

July 24 Bible Reading: Isaiah Chapters 25-27

"O Lord, You are my God. I will exalt You, I will praise Your name, for You have done wonderful things; Your counsels of old are faithfulness and truth." (Isaiah 25:1)

In the book of Isaiah, chapters 25–27 have been called “the Book of Songs”. These are the songs of praise, which will be sung by the righteous and faithful people of God throughout history from times past to eternity. When the prophet Isaiah is addressing God directly and mentions the word “I”, this does not limit to Isaiah alone, but includes all the people of God who are redeemed, especially those from the final apocalyptic scenes described earlier in this book.

In these passages, the restored Jewish remnant praises God for their deliverance through the Great Tribulation. These survivors of the Great Tribulation entering into the blessings of the millennial kingdom lift their voices in praise to God for His protection. A great celebration takes place on Mount Zion when Israel responds in praise to God for judging her oppressors. God will destroy the “foreigners’ stronghold” so that it “will never be rebuilt.” In judging the enemies of Israel, God will be a “refuge” for the people in distress. Like a tree or cloud that blocks the harsh rays of the sun, God will intervene to protect His own people from harm!

We should also note that many cities belonging to the enemy have been pulverized, and have fallen into ruin, and the nations of earth have been humbled before the mighty Jehovah God who alone has been a refuge from the storm. This has led many Gentiles to humble themselves and acknowledge Jehovah’s power as well. Thus, both Jews and Gentiles are praising God for who He is, and what He has done in their lives!

This knowledge of God’s truth has both humbled and moved the people of God to worship Him through songs. These worship songs celebrate God’s destruction of this sinful earth, and can be divided into three parts: (1) a hymn of praise (vv. 1–5); (2) God’s feast on Mount Zion that celebrates His destruction of death once and for all (vv. 6–8); and (3) a hymn of praise by the entire congregation (vv.  9–12). These songs are personal affirmations of confidence in God (7:13; 49:4, 5). In contrast to the destroyed city of confusion (24:10; 25:2), the people in Mount Zion will have joy, feasting and singing because they have submitted to His rule and authority!

The prophet Isaiah looks to the distant future as he speaks of the time of unparalleled peace that shall occur during the millennial kingdom as a result of the intervention of God Himself. Thus, all the people can rejoice in the fact that even though they have waited through all these years of human devastation, it has been worth the wait!

Let us remember that a day is coming when God will swallow up death in victory (1 Cor. 15:54) and He will wipe away every tear from our eyes (Rev. 7:17). This act of His grace will then usher in the millennial kingdom. Let us exalt God for His wonderful works and counsel that He is doing today and will do in the future!

“After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, saying, ‘Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!’ All the angels stood around the throne and the elders and the four living creatures, and fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying: ‘Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom, thanksgiving and honor and power and might, be to our God forever and ever. Amen.’” (Rev. 7:9-12)

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