"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, February 13, 2011

February 13 Bible Reading: Numbers Chapters 13-15

Our faith in God and His Word is our key for spiritual victory: The Israelites had now reached the border of Canaan, which God had promised to give to their great grandfather Abraham back in Genesis 12:1. This was God’s gift to them as a reward for Abraham obeying the call of God. And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, "Send men to spy out the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the children of Israel; from each tribe of their fathers you shall send a man, everyone a leader among them" (Num 13:1-2).

So, Moses chose twelve leaders to spy out and report about the Promised Land that no one had seen before, and send them with an encouragement: Be of good courage...and bring some of the fruit of the land” (v. 20). The spies found that the land they were to inherit truly flowed with milk and honey because of the abundance of grapes, figs, dates, pomegranates and nuts, and they brought a sample of one cluster of grapes that had to be carried by two men in a pole (v. 23). However, ten of the twelve spies also exaggerated the strength of the inhabitants of the land, and brought a ‘bad’ report in which they saw themselves as grasshoppers in their own sight and in the sight of their enemies (vv. 31-33).
One of the prime reasons why God had brought the Israelites out of Egypt with great signs and wonders is that they would trust God in all their future encounters – like conquering Canaan. However, they refused to believe in God and have faith in His abilities to help them achieve their goals. God expresses His frustrations to Moses: Then the Lord said to Moses: "How long will these people reject Me? And how long will they not believe Me, with all the signs which I have performed among them? (Num 14:11). This unbelief in God resulted in the death of all the ten spies who brought the evil report (v. 37), the wanderings of the Israelites in the wilderness for 40 years (v. 33-34) and the death of all the older generation Israelites (v. 32) who had refused to have faith in God and His word. What a tragic ending to God’s own people who were redeemed from Egypt so gloriously?

This brings home a very important lesson for us – our faith in God and His Word is our key for spiritual victory. “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” (Heb 11:6)

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