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, August 15, 2016

REPENTANCE is the ONLY way to get RIGHT with GOD

REPENTANCE is the ONLY way to get RIGHT with GOD

August 15 Bible Reading: Jeremiah Chapters 25-27

Then Jeremiah spoke to all the princes and all the people, saying: "The Lord sent me to prophesy against this house and against this city with all the words that you have heard. Now therefore, amend your ways and your doings, and obey the voice of the Lord your God; then the Lord will relent concerning the doom that He has pronounced against you." (Jer. 26:12-13)

Jeremiah chapters 26–45 focus on Israel’s place among the nations in that known world. Unlike in the previous instances, the prophet Jeremiah now starts to focus on the response of the people to his messages. Previously Jeremiah had focused on the content of his messages, whereas, starting from this chapter (26), he focuses on the response to his messages. During the past occasions, however, Jeremiah’s various messages were rejected outright by the people in Judah and by those already in captivity in Babylon. The theme of Jeremiah’s messages is clear and consistent: ‘unless the citizens of Jerusalem repent, the mere presence of the temple in their midst will not guarantee their survival’!

The content of Jeremiah’s message was that God would surely judge the people for their disobedience unless they repent (vv. 1–6, 13). If the people refused to obey the Law or to respond to God’s prophets, God would make the temple (“this house”) as desolate as the tabernacle that once stood at Shiloh (see 7:14). So, Jeremiah called the people gathered there and listening to him to amend (or, make good) their evil ways and obey God’s Word that includes the covenant and all the words proclaimed by Jeremiah.

Let us understand that repentance is the only way to get right with God! Repentance requires taking in a whole new point of view, and looking at our situation in God's way. In the words of Grimm-Wilke-Thayer: "Repentance is a change of mind: as it appears in one who repents of a purpose he has formed or of something he has done ... esp. the change of mind of those who have begun to abhor their errors and misdeeds, and have determined to enter upon a better course of life, so that it embraces both a recognition of sin and sorrow for it and hearty amendment, the tokens and effects of which are good deeds..."

Repentance is a change of mind - a decision, a choice, a determination of the heart, a deliberate exercise of the will - in which one determines to act differently in the future than he has in the past. To repent, we must do the following: (1) Hear and believe God's Word (Jonah 3:4-10; Acts 8:22); (2) Acknowledge our sins before God (Ps. 38:18; 51:3; Pro. 28:13); (3) Be sorry for our past wrongdoings (Ps. 51:17; 2 Cor. 7:10); and (4) Stop sinning and begin serving God instead (Deut. 30:2,8,10; Rev. 2:5). Can we examine our hearts today (Ps. 139:23-24), and draw close to God in repentance so that He will have mercy upon us and pardon our sins?

"Seek the Lord while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, and He will have mercy on him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon." (Isaiah 55:6-7)

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