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, March 5, 2011

March 5 Bible Reading: Joshua Chapters 4-6

Our FAITH and TRUST in God will DELIVER us from Future Judgment: It is through a great miracle from God that the Israelites under the leadership of Joshua crossed the Jordan River. However, the Israelites faced an impenetrable city Jericho, which was doomed for destruction. However, we read about something very remarkable – God spared a prostitute and her family alive from death. “Now the city shall be doomed by the Lord to destruction, it and all who are in it. Only Rahab the harlot shall live, she and all who are with her in the house, because she hid the messengers that we sent” (Josh 6:17). "And Joshua spared Rahab the harlot, her father's household, and all that she had" (Josh 6:25a).

Why was Rahab the harlot and her family spared when all other Jericho inhabitants were killed? By birth, Rahab was an Amorite who was condemned for God’s judgment (Deut 20:17-18). By profession, Rahab was a prostitute and condemned for judgment. However, Rahab is commended for her faith in God. "I will make mention of Rahab … to those who know Me..." (Psalms 87:4a) "By faith the harlot Rahab did not perish with those who did not believe, when she had received the spies with peace" (Heb 11:31). What was Rahab’s faith confession? In her own words to the two Jewish spies: "And as soon as we heard these things, our hearts melted; neither did there remain any more courage in anyone because of you, for the Lord your God, He is God in heaven above and on earth beneath" (Josh 2:11). Rahab’s faith in God caused her to receive the spies in peace and even hide them from the King of Jericho even risking her own life. "Likewise, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out another way?" (James 2:25).

Rahab expressed her faith in God and God honored that in sparing her life along with her family in the midst of God’s judgment against Jericho. We know that she got absorbed in the Jewish community: “So she dwells in Israel to this day, because she hid the messengers whom Joshua sent to spy out Jericho" (Josh 6:25b). Finally, she ended up in the genealogy of our Lord Jesus Christ as the great grandmother of the Messiah (Matt 1:5). Let us always remember that it is our faith and trust in God’s redeeming grace will deliver us from God’s future judgment as well..!!!

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