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.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Allowing God COMPLETE ownership over our lives

Allowing God COMPLETE ownership over our lives

March 9 Bible Reading: Joshua Chapters 16-18

The twelve tribes of Israel received the Promised Land as their inheritance, which was divided among them according to God’s plan administered through Joshua. "Then Joshua cast lots for them in Shiloh before the Lord, and there Joshua divided the land to the children of Israel according to their divisions" (Josh 18:10). However, we read again and again that the Israelites could not exercise full dominion over the land as the new owners, and drive out the Canaanite inhabitants from the land property. With each of the tribes of Israel, the same sad story was repeated again and again (Josh 13:13; 15:63; 16:10; 17:12). Even though they were convinced that they were a great people due to God’s blessings, they feared the strength of the Canaanites and their weaponry like iron chariots (Josh 17:14-18) and were not brave enough to drive out the enemy from their territory. Sadly, due to this compromise they slowly drifted away from God’s laws, intermingled with the heathen and adopted their religious practices including worshipping idols which ultimately brought their destruction.

It is the will of God that we, as God’s children, should be aware of our rights, privileges and responsibilities. The writer of the book of Hebrews reminds us: But one testified in a certain place, saying: "What is man that You are mindful of him, or the son of man that You take care of him? You have made him a little lower than the angels; You have crowned him with glory and honor, and set him over the works of Your hands. You have put all things in subjection under his feet." For in that He put all in subjection under him, He left nothing that is not put under him. (Heb 2:6-8).

Our Lord Jesus Christ is a type of Joshua, who has not only conquered the gates of hell for us but has opened to us the gates of heaven, and having purchased for us the eternal inheritance so that we should take possession of it by faith and trust in Him. It was God’s plan from the very beginning of creation that man should have dominion (Gen 1:27-28). However, since Satan has usurped our godly inheritance, God wants us to recapture the dominion that man held from the very beginning. This is only possible when we allow God to have complete ownership over our lives.

Let us look deep within us and check if there is any area of our lives that we have not given complete ownership to God. It is our act of total surrender and our willingness to resist the enemy that will allow us to exercise full dominion over our lives – the way God had planned from the very beginning.  Today, let us allow God to have complete ownership over our lives!   

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