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.

Friday, September 23, 2016

GOD will RESTORE everything that is MISSING from our LIVES

GOD will RESTORE everything that is MISSING from our LIVES

September 23 Bible Reading: Amos Chapters 7-9

"Behold, the days are coming," says the Lord, "when the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him who sows seed; the mountains shall drip with sweet wine, and all the hills shall flow with it. I will bring back the captives of My people Israel; they shall build the waste cities and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and drink wine from them; they shall also make gardens and eat fruit from them. I will plant them in their land, and no longer shall they be pulled up from the land I have given them," says the Lord your God. (Amos 9:13-15)

The book of Amos concludes with a restoration message from Jehovah God to His people. Even though God’s judgment must fall upon Israel, God’s plan and promises to Abraham have not failed and will ultimately be realized. Though it was marred, it is not beyond God’s ability to repair. God’s restoring “David’s fallen tent” (v. 11) is an allusion to His restoration of a united kingdom of Israel under the rule of David’s descendant, the Messiah (see Jer. 30:3, 9; Ezek. 34:24; 37:21–25; Hos. 3:5). The preservation of the Davidic line will achieve fulfillment ultimately through Jesus Christ when God will restore everything that is missing for His people!

It is interesting to note that virtually the entire book of Amos is a message of judgment. Yet Amos, like the other prophets, did look forward to a time of national blessing when God will one day fulfill His covenant promises with Israel. In this context, we should understand that judgment was never God’s ultimate purpose. God’s acts in history are always for His greater redemptive purpose. So, Amos prophesies that there was to be one final return of the Hebrews from exile, never to be followed by another exile (v. 15).

Thus, the national restoration of Israel will be accompanied by unparalleled activity and abundance. When Israel’s tabernacle of David is restored (v. 11), the results of God’s blessings will be apparent in every phase of life. The earth will yield its harvest so abundantly that the reapers will scarcely be able to reap the fields before the plowmen come to begin planting for the next year (v. 13). This will be a time of unparalleled prosperity and peace. Israel will never again be taken captive, and she will now repossess her God-ordained land forever (vv. 14, 15). That is when all the promises of God to Israel will be fulfilled!

The promised restoration will be a total reversal of the punishment that God was bringing upon Israel. God does not abandon His promises or His covenant, nor does He leave His people without hope. God’s punishment is certain, but His restoration is just as certain. This restoration is part of the promise to Abraham and his descendants (Gen. 12:1, 7; 13:14–17; 15:18; 17:8), and its fulfillment is based on the unconditional blessing of God. The physical Promised Land is but a type of the New Israel’s life in Christ; it points forward to the heavenly Jerusalem (Heb. 11:13–16; 12:22–24). The covenant land promise finds final fulfillment in the new heavens and the new earth (Rev. 21:1–22:6). Thus, the word of hope for God’s people of old is valid also for God’s people of today!

God’s promises for the future are anchor points to keep us stable, and to give us hope in times of personal distress and difficulty. The more we understand what God has promised for the future, the more we can endure our problems today. Today, God is calling out His church from both Jews and Gentiles (Acts 15:6–21), and our task is to share the gospel with every creature. As He will do for the Israelites one day, through the gospel, God will restore everything that is missing from our lives as well.

"Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that He may send Jesus Christ, who was preached to you before, whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began." (Acts 3:19-21)

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