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 6, 2015

How an ‘INDIVIDUAL’s SIN’ affects a whole CONGREGATION?

How an ‘INDIVIDUAL’s SIN’ affects a whole CONGREGATION? 

March 6 Bible Reading: Joshua Chapters 7-9

But the children of Israel committed a trespass regarding the accursed things, for Achan the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took of the accursed things; so the anger of the Lord burned against the children of Israel. So the Lord said to Joshua: "Get up! Why do you lie thus on your face? Israel has sinned, and they have also transgressed My covenant which I commanded them." (Josh 7:1, 10-11)

If Rahab the Amorite prostitute found mercy and grace from God in the midst of judgment (6:25), the story of Achan is a reminder of the holiness of God which we can never take for granted (24:19; Num. 17:11–13). This is the first instance of disobedience in the Promised Land, and this incident and its lesson for Israel are recalled at a later time (22:18–20). Although the offense was committed by one man, we see that the entire country of Israel is involved and affected adversely (v. 11; 22:18).

We know that Joshua had specifically told the Israelites not to take anything from Jericho for it was cursed: "And you, by all means abstain from the accursed things, lest you become accursed when you take of the accursed things, and make the camp of Israel a curse, and trouble it" (Josh 6:18). However, a man named Achan took some of the plunder that belonged to the Lord (6:19) and kept it for himself (7:1). This set in motion a series of disasters that affected not only him but also the whole community. Achan alone had defied the ban, but his disobedience is seen as that of the whole nation because of God’s principle of corporate solidarity. No person sins alone!

God had not forsaken Israel; the people had forsaken God. Achan’s trespass, which was a treacherous violation, compromised the holiness of the entire nation of Israel. As a covenant nation, Israel functioned under the twin mandates of corporate solidarity (Deut. 6:18) and individual responsibility (Deut. 24:16). Accordingly, Israel had committed a trespass (v. 11) in Achan’s sin. The incident was serious because such transgression compromised the holiness of God (Deut. 9:26–29).

Let us understand that we never sin alone, and sin ultimately brings defeat in our lives and in the lives of those around us. God sees His people as one just as the sin of Achan was the sin of the whole nation and caused the death of 36 innocent soldiers. Likewise, our individual sin affects the holiness of our entire congregation since together we are the corporate body of Christ (see 1 Cor. 12:12–27).

Our Lord Jesus Christ has promised that where two or three are gathered together in His name, He is there in the midst of them (Matt 18:20). However, individual sin will seriously deter Jesus from working among and through His people! Let us be careful that we are never the stumbling block (like Achan) that prevents the people of God to rise up in victory as a corporate body of Christ.

"Anyone who has rejected Moses' law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace?" (Heb 10:28-29)

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