"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.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

March 3 Bible Reading: Deuteronomy Chapters 31-34

'SUCCESS' without a SUCCESSOR actually spells ‘FAILURE’: Then Moses went and spoke these words to all Israel. And he said to them: "I am one hundred and twenty years old today. I can no longer go out and come in. Also the Lord has said to me, 'You shall not cross over this Jordan.' The Lord your God Himself crosses over before you; He will destroy these nations from before you, and you shall dispossess them. Joshua himself crosses over before you, just as the Lord has said. (Deut. 31:1-3)

In this final section of his ministry on this earth, Moses provides for a smooth transition for the leadership to the children of Israel even before blessing the twelve tribes and his demise. In order to reveal his mind before the Israelites, he called all the Israelites to a large meeting and told them the following realities:
  1. His advanced age limitations: “I am one hundred and twenty years old today.”
  2. His physical weakness and frailty: “I can no longer go out and come in.”
  3. His inability to enter Canaan: “Also the Lord has said to me, 'You shall not cross over this Jordan.'”
  4. His trust in Jehovah God who would go before the Israelites to win their battles for them: “The Lord your God Himself crosses over before you; He will destroy these nations from before you, and you shall dispossess them”.
  5. His desire for Joshua to take over the mantle of leadership: “Joshua himself crosses over before you, just as the Lord has said”.
It is significant that Moses left the leadership of Israel in the hands of Joshua (vv. 7–8), whose name means ‘the Lord is salvation’. In fact, Moses had been mentoring and grooming Joshua for many years for this very day. Knowing that he would not be able to enter into The Promised Land himself, he realized that he had to equip Joshua to finish what he had started. That is the reason Moses revealed some personal information that involved his impending retirement followed by death, and did the following for his successor Joshua:
  • He convinced the Israelites that the new must replace the old (vv. 1-2).
  • He reminded the Israelites of God’s commitment to fulfill His promise (v. 3).
  • He endorsed the new leader and passed on his authority to Joshua (vv. 3-5).
  • He forecasted victory under Joshua by citing his track record (vv. 3-6).
  • He commissioned Joshua with the enormous task of leading the Israelites into Canaan (vv. 7-8).
  • He directed Joshua to read and follow God’s Word implicitly (vv. 9-13).
In fact, Moses reminded the Israelites that Jehovah God would go with them, and that Joshua would be their captain, and that victory over their enemies was assured. Moses next encouraged Joshua publicly concerning his new appointment and assured him of God’s presence (vv. 7, 8). The written law was entrusted to the Levites, and a copy of the law was placed beside the ark with the directive that during every seven years the law was to be read in the presence of all Israel. Instead of Moses, Joshua would now lead the people into battle.

The scriptures declare that Moses was the greatest prophet and leader of the Israelites "…since then there has not arisen in Israel a prophet like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face, in all the signs and wonders which the Lord sent him to do in the land of Egypt, before Pharaoh, before all his servants, and in all his land, and by all that mighty power and all the great terror which Moses performed in the sight of all Israel" (Deut. 34:10-12). Moses could have closed his life under a dark cloud of discouragement. Instead, he gave encouragement to his people as they faced the challenge of a new life in a new land under a new leader Joshua.

With the passage of time, God will change His leaders, but His work must go on without fail. Let every spiritual leader take note of this fact, and get involved in succession planning, mentoring and guiding potential men and women to take over the mantle of leadership in due time. Let’s leave a legacy for our future generations, and always remember that success without a successor actually spells ‘failure’.

"If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen." (1 Peter 4:11)

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