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.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

March 8 Bible Reading: Joshua Chapters 13-15

Claiming God’s Promises by FAITH: "Now Joshua was old, advanced in years. And the Lord said to him: "You are old, advanced in years, and there remains very much land yet to be possessed" (Josh 13:1). Joshua was probably a hundred years old now, and his advanced age necessitated the allocating of Canaan among the tribes of Israel -- not only the land already possessed but those also which were still left to be conquered.

"Then the children of Judah came to Joshua in Gilgal. And Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite..." (Josh 14:6a). This incident is recorded here because it occurred while the preparations were being made for casting the lots in Gilgal. Caleb was one of the two survivors of the Israelites permitted to enter the land of promise (Num 14:30, 38; 32:11-13; Deut 1:34-36) because he was sent to Canaan as a spy (Num 13:6) and brought a favorable report (Num 13:26-30; 14:6-9) in line with God's plan. The claim of Caleb to the mountains of Hebron as his personal and family possessions was founded on a solemn promise of Moses forty-five years before (Num 14:24; Deut 1:36), to give him that land on account of his loyalty towards God.

Caleb's request was: "Give me this mountain" or Hebron (Deut 14:12) because it was God's promise to him and he valued that promise. Those who live by faith value God's promises far above what is obtained by God’s providence only. The name Caleb means "all heart". During the last eighty-five years of his life Caleb was singular in his devotion to God’s will, and “wholly followed the Lord God of Israel” (Deut 14:8b, 14b). Hebron was now occupied by Anakims’ but Caleb did not fear his enemy as he considered himself still strong and able to do mighty exploits. In his own words: "As yet I am as strong this day as on the day that Moses sent me; just as my strength was then, so now is my strength for war, both for going out and for coming in. Now therefore, give me this mountain of which the Lord spoke in that day; for you heard in that day how the Anakim were there, and that the cities were great and fortified. It may be that the Lord will be with me, and I shall be able to drive them out as the Lord said" (Josh 14:11-12). Eventually, Caleb did possess his inheritance and claimed his promises by faith (Josh 15:13-19).

Like Caleb, we too have lots of promises in God’s Word that we need to claim by faith. We have been given "...exceedingly great and precious promises that through these we may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust” (2 Peter 1:4). We should not become sluggish, but imitate those (like Caleb) who through faith and patience inherited the promises (Heb 6:12). Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise: "For yet a little while, and He who is coming will come and will not tarry" (Heb 10:35-37).

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