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.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

FIVE leadership qualities from the life of Moses

FIVE leadership qualities from the life of Moses

February 12 Bible Reading: Numbers Chapters 10-12

Approximately two years has passed since the departure of the Israelites from Egypt under the leadership of Moses. There have been definite instances of frustration for Moses when the Israelites complained regarding lack of food (Num 11:1), cried out in despair (v. 2) and wept in anguish (v.  10), Moses vented his own frustration to God (v. 11-15). When God promised to provide meat for a whole month for over 600,000+ people, Moses was doubtful and expressed it to God as well (v. 21-22). This showed that Moses was very human, but we can see five wonderful leadership qualities from the life of Moses that all spiritual leaders should adopt in their lives as well.
  1. Moses was a man of prayer: When the people complained and cried out to Moses, we see that Moses takes this matter in prayer before God. “Then the people cried out to Moses, and when Moses prayed to the LORD, the fire was quenched” (Num 11:2). Also, when his sister Miriam was punished by God with leprosy, we see that Moses prayed for her. So Moses cried out to the LORD, saying, “Please heal her, O God, I pray!” (Num 12:13).
  2. Moses invoked God’s presence with every move: In Num 10:35-36, we read that whenever the ark of God started a journey or stopped, Moses called upon God’s presence. So it was whenever the ark set out, that Moses said: "Rise up, O LORD! Let Your enemies be scattered, and let those who hate You flee before You.” And when it rested, he said: “Return, O LORD, to the many thousands of Israel”.
  3. Moses was unselfish with his anointing: Due to the tremendous burden upon Moses, God decided to take the Spirit of anointing that was upon Moses and transfer this anointing upon the seventy elders of Israel (Num 11:16-17; 24-25). When Joshua was upset when two of the elders prophesied in the camp (vv. 26-28) and expressed it to Moses, Moses replies with words that show that he was truly unselfish with his anointing: Then Moses said to him (Joshua), “Are you zealous for my sake? Oh, that all the LORD’s people were prophets and that the LORD would put His Spirit upon them! (v. 29).    
  4. Moses was a very humble man: Check out the character report about Moses in Num 12:3: (Now the man Moses was very humble, more than all men who were on the face of the earth.)
  5. Moses was faithful in the work of God: This is what God had to testify about Moses, which is true: “Not so with My servant Moses; He is faithful in all My house.”
With all these wonderful leadership qualities, it is not surprising that God interacted so closely with His servant-prophet-leader Moses and made Himself known through visions, dreams and even face-to-face and even allowed Moses to see the form of God as well (Num 12:6-88). Let us adopt these five leadership qualities of Moses in our lives as well in order to have a closer encounter with God.

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