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 3, 2014

Keeping DEATH as a REALITY in our daily living

Keeping DEATH as a REALITY in our daily living

March 3 Bible Reading: Deuteronomy Chapters 31-34

As we come to the closing chapters of Deuteronomy, God clarifies what will happen to Moses now: Then the Lord said to Moses, "Behold, the days approach when you must die; call Joshua, and present yourselves in the tabernacle of meeting, that I may inaugurate him" (Deut 31:14). Moses was to “rest with his fathers” in a short time (v. 16a). However, there were certain things that Moses was to accomplish on earth before he died:
  1. Moses had to write down the law and deliver it to the priests so that they will safeguard it in the Ark of the Covenant. This law was to be read to the Israelites once in every seven years at the Feast of the Tabernacles (Deut 31:9-13)
  2. Moses was to hand over the leadership to Joshua and inaugurate him in the sight of the Israelites (Deut 31:7-8, 14)
  3. Moses was to write down a song and teach it to the children of Israel so that this song would be a witness for God against the children of Israel. “Now therefore, write down this song for yourselves, and teach it to the children of Israel; put it in their mouths, that this song may be a witness for Me against the children of Israel” (Deut 31:19). This ‘Song of Moses’ is recorded for our benefit in Deut 32:1-43.
  4. Moses had to give his final blessings to the children of Israel according to their tribes, which is recorded in Deut 33:1-29.
  5. Finally, Moses had to view the land of Israel from a distance standing on top of Mount Nebo and see for himself The Promised Land that he had lead the Israelites the past forty years to inherit (Deut 32:48-52; 34:1-5).
When Moses saw death as a reality in his life, he could accomplish a lot of things in a short time. This is what God requires from us as well, which is explicitly mentioned as part of the ‘Song of Moses’: “Oh, that they were wise, that they understood this, that they would consider their latter end!” (Deut 32:29). We need to understand the brevity of our life, and keep death as a reality in our daily living. When we are aware of our own death in the near future will allow us to have the right perspective towards life, and prioritize the things that really have eternal value, significance and lasting rewards.

Let us join with Moses in praying the following: "So teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom" (Psalms 90:12). Let us live as if today was the last day of our lives!

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