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.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The RECIPE for TRUE SUCCESS in our lives

The RECIPE for TRUE SUCCESS in our lives

March 4 Bible Reading: Joshua Chapters 1-3

The story of the Israelites continues after the death of Moses when God appoints Joshua to govern instead of Moses, and gives him instructions and encouragement (Josh 1:1-9) to cross over the Jordan River into the land of Canaan. The time has come for the new leadership to continue the work under God’s direction. A wise leader does not completely abandon the past, but builds on the work already accomplished and progresses towards the future. Moses was mentioned fifty-seven times in the book of Joshua, which is a good indication that his leadership was still revered and emulated. Just like Moses was mentioned twice as ‘the servant of God’ in Josh 1:1-2, Joshua was also mentioned as ‘the servant of God’ in Josh 24:29. We should note that the important person in the story is not the servant but the Master.

During the course of giving instructions and encouragement to Joshua, God also gives the recipe for true success, which is also very much meaningful for our lives:
  1. God’s favor and presence should be with us in everything we do. God told Joshua: "...as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you" (Josh 1:5b). Our Lord Jesus has also promised to be with us always, no matter what: "...I am with you always, even to the end of the age" (Matt 28:20b). For He (Jesus) Himself has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you" (Heb 13:5b).
  2. We should be strong and of good courage. God told Joshua: "Be strong and of good courage, for to this people you shall divide as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you" (Josh 1:6-7a). We have also received a similar exhortation: "Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might" (Eph 6:10). To aid in that attitude, we are told to put on the whole armor of God and supplement with watchful prayer at all times (Eph 6:11-18).
  3. We should read and continually meditate on God’s Word. God told Joshua: "This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night..." (Josh 1:8a). Bible reading and meditation is an integral part of God’s recipe for true success.
  4. We should do everything that God’s Word tells us to do. God further told Joshua: "...that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success" (Josh 1:8b). The Book of the Law can be equated to God’s Word for us. Total obedience to God’s Word will give us lasting and real success.
We should note that Joshua was one of the few leaders of Israel who had an unblemished and successful leadership. God did truly great miracles through Joshua, like parting the Jordan River, toppling the walls of Jericho and making the sun stand still. He was able to ‘walk wisely’ as and when He followed God’s instructions completely. God wants us also to obey His Word completely and follow the recipe for true success. Then we will be able to ‘walk wisely’ as well. "See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise" (Eph 5:15).

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