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, March 11, 2011

March 11 Bible Reading: Joshua Chapters 22-24

Making the RIGHT choices in our lives 
After having served as the leader of Israel for many years, Joshua is old and knows that he is going to die shortly (Josh 23:1, 14). So, he gathers all the Israelites together to give his ‘farewell address’ in Shechem (Josh 23:2; 24:1). He reminds everyone of God’s bountiful grace and mercy, how God has led them through all these past years and how God has given them rest from all their enemies. As he concludes his speech, Joshua issues the following challenge to the Israelites: "Now therefore, fear the Lord, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt. Serve the Lord! And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." (Josh 24:14-15).

The Israelites respond to Joshua’s challenge with these words: "The Lord our God we will serve, and His voice we will obey!" (Josh 24:24). The book of Joshua concludes like this: "Israel served the Lord all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders who outlived Joshua, who had known all the works of the Lord which He had done for Israel" (Josh 24:31).

Every day we are confronted with making choices. Some choices are easy or have very less consequence. However, some choices are hard and the decisions have lasting impact throughout our lives and beyond. The destiny of future generations is in our hands. The choices we make with our family today will determine the quality of life in our family tree for generations to come. That is why our choices, especially concerning matters of eternal value, are so important for us. Joshua made the right choice to serve God with his family. We need to choose life and all the blessings associated with it by loving God, obeying His voice, clinging to Him and serving Him (Deut 30:19, 20). Let’s be careful to make the right choices daily in our lives! Like Joshua, let us boldly say...

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