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, February 15, 2014

Missing God’s BEST through disobedience

Missing God’s BEST through disobedience

February 15 Bible Reading: Numbers Chapters 19-21

After thirty-eight years at Kadesh Barnea, the Israelites prepared to resume the journey to Canaan but this time by following a route south of the Dead Sea and through Edom (20:14). Before this took place several incidents occurred in rapid succession. Miriam died and was buried at Kadesh (20:1); the people ran out of water and Moses, enraged by their incessant complaining, struck the rock twice from which God promised water if Moses only spoke the word (20:2–13); and Moses tried without success to get permission from the king of Edom to pass through his land on the so-called King’s Highway (20:14–21).

Though understandable, Moses’ loss of temper displeased the Lord and resulted in his being unable to enter the Promised Land (Num. 20:12; 27:14; Deut. 3:26–27). Moses’ disobedience as Israel’s leader had damaged not only his own reputation in the eyes of the people but the Lord’s reputation as well. We note that God continued to be in control as He led His people even by denying Moses and Aaron entry into the Promised Land.

Such punishment for what might seem to be a relatively minor offense underscores the principle that God expects more of those to whom He entrusts responsibility than He does from others. Jesus said, “From everyone who has been given much shall much be required” (Luke 12:48). Through this incident it is clear that God’s work and power only depends on those dynamic leaders who are willing to take instructions from Him always and glorify Him through their ministry.

Unlike Moses and Aaron, let us not miss God's BEST through disobedience! Let us remain faithful and obedient to God even until death in order to receive the 'crown of life' that our Lord has promised us (Rev 2:10).

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