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.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

February 19 Bible Reading: Numbers Chapters 31-33

Settling for LESS than God’s BEST: In Numbers 32, we read about the tribes of Reuben, Gad and the half tribe of Manasseh wanting to settle down in the land of Jazer and Gilead, which is east of the Jordan River, as they had a great multitude of livestock and this region was a place of livestock. (Num 32:1). They came to Moses and expressed their desire: "If we have found favor in your sight, let this land be given to your servants as a possession. Do not take us over the Jordan" (Num 32:5). This proposal showed disregard to the land of Canaan, distrust of the Lord's promise, and unwillingness to encounter the difficulties and dangers of conquering and driving out the inhabitants of that land. Moses warns them of their foolish desire in Num 32:6-15.

Two things common in the world might lead these tribes to make this choice: the lust of the eye, and the pride of life. They considered their own convenience more than the plan of God for their future, which was to settle down in the Promised Land. Even today, many seek their own convenience more than God’s ultimate plan for them. They are led by worldly interests and temporal advantages that fall short of the heavenly Canaan that God is preparing for them. The Reubenites, Gadites, and half-tribe of Manasseh, who chose their inheritance just outside the Promised Land, are types of world-bordering carnal Christians.

These tribes propose that their men of war will go armed before the children of Israel into the land of Canaan, and that they will not return until the conquest of Canaan was ended (Num 32:16-32). Moses then grants their request, which clearly was less than what God had intended for them. “So Moses gave to the children of Gad, to the children of Reuben, and to half the tribe of Manasseh the son of Joseph, the kingdom of Sihon king of the Amorites and the kingdom of Og king of Bashan, the land with its cities within the borders, the cities of the surrounding country” (Num 32:33) . This was clearly a wrong choice and history tells us that this compromise led to their captivity by Assyria much sooner than all the other tribes of Israel. “And they were unfaithful to the God of their fathers, and played the harlot after the gods of the peoples of the land, whom God had destroyed before them. So the God of Israel stirred up the spirit of Pul king of Assyria, that is, Tiglath-Pileser king of Assyria. He carried the Reubenites, the Gadites, and the half-tribe of Manasseh into captivity. He took them to Halah, Habor, Hara, and the river of Gozan to this day” (1 Chron 5:25-26).

We should never settle for anything less than God’s best for us. We should never compromise our convictions (1 Kings 11:4) as compromise can keep us from doing what is right and weaken our faith (2 Corinthians 6:14-18), which will ultimately lead to our downfall.

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