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.

Monday, March 10, 2014

God will ultimately fulfill ALL His promises

God will ultimately fulfill ALL His promises

March 10 Bible Reading: Joshua Chapters 19-21

"So the Lord gave to Israel all the land of which He had sworn to give to their fathers and they took possession of it and dwelt in it. The Lord gave them rest all around, according to all that He had sworn to their fathers. And not a man of all their enemies stood against them; the Lord delivered all their enemies into their hand. Not a word failed of any good thing which the Lord had spoken to the house of Israel. All came to pass." (Josh 21:43-45)

God promised to give to the seed of Abraham the land of Canaan for a possession, and now they possessed it and made it their home. The above passage is a general winding up of the history from Deut chapter 13, which narrates the occupation of the land by the Israelites. All the promises made by God, whether to the Israelites or to Joshua (Josh 1:5) had been, or were in the course of being fulfilled. The above passage speaks about the fulfillment of three great promises of God:
  1. God will give the Promised Land to Abraham’s children. Prophecy: Then the LORD appeared to Abram and said, “To your descendants I will give this land.” (Gen 12:7). Fulfillment: "So the Lord gave to Israel all the land of which He had sworn to give to their fathers and they took possession of it and dwelt in it.” (Josh 21:43)
  2. God will give rest to the Israelites when they inherit the Promised Land. Prophecy: "But when you cross over the Jordan and dwell in the land which the Lord your God is giving you to inherit, and He gives you rest from all your enemies round about, so that you dwell in safety" (Deut 12:10). Fulfillment: “The Lord gave them rest all around, according to all that He had sworn to their fathers” (Josh 21:44a)
  3. God will deliver the Israelites from all their enemies in the Promised Land. Prophecy: "When the Lord your God brings you into the land which you go to possess, and has cast out many nations before you...and when the Lord your God delivers them over to you, you shall conquer them and utterly destroy them" (Deut 7:1-2) Fulfillment: “And not a man of all their enemies stood against them; the Lord delivered all their enemies into their hand” (Josh 21:44b)
ALL the promises made by God towards Israel were literally fulfilled and recorded in the Old Testament. Later, King Solomon confirms this matter in his prayer: "Blessed be the Lord, who has given rest to His people Israel, according to all that He promised. There has not failed one word of all His good promise, which He promised through His servant Moses" (1 Kings 8:56)

Let us be rest assured that God will ultimately fulfill ALL His promises concerning our heavenly Canaan to us - His spiritual Israel. This recorded experience of the Israelites (Josh 21:45) is a reason for hope and confidence to God’s people in every period of history that all other promises made to the Church will, in due time, be accomplished. Let us be careful how we lead our lives here on earth. "Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it" (Heb 4:1)

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