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 21, 2011

February 21 Bible Reading: Deuteronomy Chapters 1-3

DELEGATION – God’s answer for sharing the burden: In Deut 1:9-18, Moses reiterates one of the most important decisions that he took early on during the wilderness journey of the Israelites. Through the wise counsel of his father-in-law Jethro (see Exodus 18:13-26), Moses quickly realized his inability to bear the burden of all the people even though he was a mighty leader with God’s power and abilities at his disposal. In his own words: "And I spoke to you at that time, saying: 'I alone am not able to bear you…How can I alone bear your problems and your burdens and your complaints? " (Deut 1:9, 12). So, he chose ‘wise, understanding and knowledgeable men’ as leaders/officers over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens (vv. 13-15), and instructed them to judge impartially over the matters brought to them (v. 17a). Moses only took those matters to judge that could not be adjudicated by the officers under him (v. 17b). This is the pattern of judicial matters were followed smoothly for the Israelites throughout the forty years of the wilderness journey.

In the New Testament - in Acts 6:1-6, we see the same principle of delegation working out in matters concerning food distribution in the first century church. The Apostles rightly decided to concentrate on spiritual matters like prayer and the ministry of the Word (vv. 2, 4). "Therefore, brethren, seek out from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business" (Acts 6:3). They then chose seven godly men (including Stephen, who became the first Christian martyr), prayed with the laying on of hands, and commissioned them for the ‘secular’ administrative tasks. Everyone did their part in the ministry of the Church and no more complaints were heard among the believers.

This principle of delegation is evident in the functioning of today’s church as well. "And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ…” (Eph 4:11-16). The great tasks of the church can only be effectively fulfilled if the leaders are willing to delegate the tasks among godly people who meet the biblical standards mentioned above. Let’s always remember that delegation is God’s answer for sharing the burden!

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