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.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

God’s Call to an EXTRAORDINARY Leadership

God’s Call to an EXTRAORDINARY Leadership

March 13 Bible Reading: Judges Chapters 4-6

"Now Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lapidoth, was judging Israel at that time. And she would sit under the palm tree of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the mountains of Ephraim. And the children of Israel came up to her for judgment" (Judges 4:4-5).

As there were men-prophets mentioned in the Bible, there were also women-prophetesses like Miriam (Exodus 15:20), Huldah (2 Kings 22:14), and the four daughters of Philip the Evangelist (Acts 21:9). Deborah was a prophetess who was instructed in divine knowledge by the inspiration of the Spirit of God. She judged Israel as God's mouth to them; correcting abuses, and redressing grievances. She was a woman of eminent holiness, and knowledge of the Holy Scriptures, by which she was singularly qualified for judging the people according to the laws of God. Further, she was a woman of extraordinary wisdom, instructed in divine knowledge by the Spirit and accustomed to interpret His will. She had extensive influence, and was held in respect as she discharged all the special duties of a judge.

By God's direction, she ordered Barak to raise an army and engage Sisera's forces. When Barak insisted much upon her presence, Deborah went with him to the battlefield. This is extraordinary as she is one of the first women leaders who lead an army to fight against the enemy. She was a wife (Judges 4:4a) and “a mother in Israel” (Judges 5:7). But she arose to God’s call to an extraordinary leadership & won a great battle against the enemy forces.

Like Deborah, we also need to arise to God’s call to leadership as sometimes God chooses the person with the strongest character to lead His people to victory at crucial times. The key elements of such leadership are faith, trust and worship. We also need to understand that with the call, God will also expand our abilities and resources to accomplish His will successfully.

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