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 3, 2012

March 3 Bible Reading: Deuteronomy Chapters 31-34

Our ETERNAL GOD is our ‘HELP’ and our ‘REFUGE’: "There is no one like the God of Jeshurun, who rides the heavens to help you, and in His Excellency on the clouds. The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms; He will thrust out the enemy from before you, and will say, 'Destroy!' Then Israel shall dwell in safety, the fountain of Jacob alone, in a land of grain and new wine; His heavens shall also drop dew. Happy are you, O Israel! Who is like you, a people saved by the Lord, the shield of your help and the sword of your majesty! Your enemies shall submit to you, and you shall tread down their high places." (Deut 33:26-29)

Just like Jacob had blessed his sons on his deathbed (Gen. 49:1–27), Moses blessed their descendants by their tribes as his final public act. After praising the greatness of God and His covenant sovereignty (33:2–5), Moses addressed each tribe in turn with words of blessing, except the tribe of Simeon, which was soon to be absorbed by the tribe of Judah (vv. 6–25). He concluded with a general blessing for all Israel, one whose very possibility lay in the nature of God as Creator and Lord and in His saving work in bringing Israel to Himself (vv. 26–29).

Moses thus invokes blessings upon the tribes of Israel, and the foundation of these blessings is the strong confidence in Israel’s unique, incomparable God, who rides the heavens to help Israel. He is an eternal God whose everlasting arms are never exhausted and who is their refuge and safety. These closing verses celebrate the greatness of God as He acts in behalf of His people. The God of Jeshurun is unique in the heavens to help His people during their time of need!

Like a soldier, God is constantly on the lookout for ways to defend His people from attack, and the Divine Warrior is always providing protection because He is eternal. God is a refuge or fortress for the people to flee to in times of distress (Ps. 90:1; 91:9). The God who redeemed Israel with His strong arm will always be with His people in love and power!

This above passage has blessed the hearts of God’s people through the ages. He is the majestic God (v. 26), the eternal God (v. 27), the protecting and providing God (v. 28). The great blessing of Israel was that He was their God. God’s people are privileged to be in His hand for safekeeping (John 10:28–29) and at His feet for learning and obeying (v. 3). We are “between His shoulders,” next to His heart (v. 12), and He bears us with His “everlasting arms” (v. 27). What more could we want?

"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear..." (Psalms 46:1-2)

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