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.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Depending on God ALONE for our spiritual battles

Depending on God ALONE for our spiritual battles

March 14 Bible Reading: Judges Chapters 7-9

When Gideon prepared himself to make war with the Midianites, God told him bluntly that he had too many people in his army. And the Lord said to Gideon, "The people who are with you are too many for Me to give the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel claim glory for itself against Me, saying, 'My own hand has saved me' (Judges 7:2). However, in fact the enemy strength was formidable on the natural. “Now the Midianites and Amalekites, all the people of the East, were lying in the valley as numerous as locusts; and their camels were without number, as the sand by the seashore in multitude” (Judges 7:12). Although Gideon could muster only thirty-two thousand (or one-sixth of the Midianite army), this number was too great by God’s standards, for it was God's purpose to teach Israel a memorable lesson of dependence on Him. God wanted that the praise of Israel’s victory may be totally directed to Him alone, and no one should claim the glory that He alone deserves. This way the Israelites will be more strongly obliged to serve God. With three hundred committed soldiers, a great attack strategy and God’s help, Israel won a decisive victory through Gideon’s leadership.

This incident teaches us a valuable lesson: we need to depend on God ALONE for our spiritual battles. "For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places" (Eph 6:12). We have an unseen enemy – an enemy that we cannot see with our natural vision. God is Spirit (John 4:24a), and He alone can help us win our spiritual battles. We need to "take up the whole armor of God that we may be able to withstand in the evil day" (Eph 6:13) using the "the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God" (Eph 6:17) and "praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit" (Eph 6:18). We have an enemy who has already been defeated on the cross by our Lord Jesus Christ, so we may boldly declare: "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" (Phil 4:13)

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