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, February 14, 2011

February 14 Bible Reading: Numbers Chapters 16-18

The consequences of rebelling against God’s Leaders: After God directed the Israelites back to the wilderness for forty years because of their unbelief, disobedience and lack of trust in God, we see that a group of Israelites resisted this tough directive. Some of the Levites became disgruntled with Moses’ leadership. Korah, one of the Levites, led a disastrous insurrection along with two-hundred and fifty leaders and representatives of the congregation who all died when the earth parted itself and swallowed them up (Num 16:1-40).

The lesson learned through this incident is that there are dire consequences for rebelling against God’s anointed leaders. Our leaders deserve our respect and support, even during trying times. We must not take part in a rebellion or gossip slander against God’s anointed leaders. Rather, we should follow the footsteps of Jesus Christ (Mark 14:36; Luke 22:42; Heb 5:8) and Apostle Paul (1Co 16:7) and consider them as our examples of submission to authority. Jesus Christ is our best example of submission to God the Father’s will (Matthew 26:39, 42), and following Christ requires our submission to Him (Luke 14:27). It is God who has created lines of authority for harmonious relationships (1 Corinthians 11:2-16), and ultimately we all need to submit to God alone (James 4:7-10).

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