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, August 7, 2016

If GOD is FOR us, then WHO can be AGAINST us?

If GOD is FOR us, then WHO can be AGAINST us? 

August 7 Bible Reading: Jeremiah Chapters 1-3

"For behold, I have made you this day a fortified city and an iron pillar, and bronze walls against the whole land--against the kings of Judah, against its princes, against its priests, and against the people of the land. They will fight against you, but they shall not prevail against you. For I am with you," says the Lord, "to deliver you." (Jer. 1:18-19)

Jeremiah chapter one concludes with a charge that God gives to the young Jeremiah telling him that he had to fulfill his prophetic calling (see 1:4). God further promised Jeremiah that He will divinely enable him to complete his mission. Now, Jeremiah had to face a formidable enemy that included the entire land of Judah starting from the leadership (the king and the princes), to the religious establishment (the priests), and down to the lowest person in the land (the common people). Furthermore, God promises Jeremiah that his audience would not sit still, but would fiercely fight against the prophet and his uncompromising messages!

While Jeremiah was given an offensive stance earlier (see vv. 9–10), he is now given a defensive stance to be like a city that is closely guarded, like an unshakable pillar of iron, and like a wall of bronze that would successfully defend against the attack of the enemy. God asks Jeremiah to equip himself and get ready for service (v. 17), just like someone would tuck his long robe under a belt around the waist in order to run, work, or fight. So, Jeremiah was being called up for immediate duty, and to serve God as His mouthpiece. To aid his mission, God would give him the needed strength to stand against the united populace of Judah, all of whom would oppose his message!

The best part of God’s promise was that Jeremiah’s enemies would not be able to overcome him, and this promise would be repeated again in 15:19–20. Even though the king, princes, priests, and the people of Judah would combine together to resist Jeremiah and his unpopular message, God would be with him to fight for him and to deliver him. There are seven things to note about God’s commission to Jeremiah:
  1. It was difficult for the youthful Jeremiah to confront his elders with a message of denunciation, but now God had ordered him to do just that (v. 17a).
  2. Jeremiah had to speak everything that God had commanded without holding anything back (v. 17b).
  3. Jeremiah was not to be dismayed by the response of the people, whether it was condescension or, a threat (v. 17c).
  4. If Jeremiah did not speak God’s word due to dismay, God would surely dismay him before the people (v. 17c).
  5. If Jeremiah spoke God’s word faithfully, everyone great or small in Judah would oppose him (v. 18-19a).
  6. Jeremiah’s confidence would be based upon God’s promise to make him victorious in spite of the opposition (v. 19b).
  7. Jeremiah’s only resource was the promise of God to be with the prophet always and deliver him (v. 19c).
Eventually, Jeremiah would suffer – either from God or, from the people. Just like Jeremiah, even Moses did not feel adequate for the task when God had called him, but God promised to go with him (Exo. 3:12), to give him the words to speak to Pharaoh (Exo. 4:12), to have his elder brother Aaron be his spokesman (Exo. 4:14-16), and to use His rod to perform great miracles before Pharaoh (Exo. 4:17). Since God was with Moses, the mighty Pharaoh and the Egyptian army could not stand against him and the children of Israel!

Let us remember today that “our sufficiency is from God” (2 Cor. 3:5). When God calls us to do a task for Him, He does not ask us if we are able but only if we are available to do His will. Let us join with the Apostle Paul, and make the following declaration today: "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!" (Phil. 4:13)

"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?" (Romans 8:31-32)

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