Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Singing Rocks?




March 31

Daily Bible Reading: Judges 3 – 5

Verse of the Day: Judges 5:3 – “Hear, O ye kings; give ear, O ye princes; I, even I, will sing unto Jehovah; I will sing praise to Jehovah, the God of Israel.”

Singing which exalts God in the Scriptures is the Hebrew word zamar. It is generally addressed to God and is an expression of gratitude for what God has done for the one offering this praise, or for His mercy and justice. The English word psalm is derived from the Greek translation of this word. 

A Spirit-filled saint is also a song-filled saint. Our songs of worship and praise are broadcast directly to the throne of God in Heaven. Buildings, pews, programs, books, and pulpits – none of these can sing or offer praise to God – only His redeemed believers can do this. And Jesus said that if we don’t, the very rocks of creation will. Don’t let a rock outdo you if you know the Lord.

Prayer: May I never allow anything else outdo me in praise to my Savior. Amen. 






Monday, March 30, 2015

Cycles of Decline




March 30

Daily Bible Reading: Judges 1 – 2

Verse of the Day: Judges 2:11 – “And the children of Israel did that which was evil in the sight of Jehovah, and served the Baalim…”

The Book of Judges shows through seven cycles of recorded disobedience and lack of faith how the nation of Israel failed as a theocracy. What a contrast between Joshua and Judges. Consider that in Joshua we see freedom and in Judges we see bondage. In Joshua the people make progress and in Judges they decline. In Joshua they conquest the and through belief and in Judges they are defeated through disbelief. In Joshua sin was judged and in Judges sin was tolerated.

What a vast difference – and example – for us to learn from. Follow, believe and obey God brings victory and rest. Stray, doubt and defy God brings only loss and vexation. Which will you choose today?

Prayer: Father, I choose to follow and obey – give me victory and rest today as I seek You. I seek You above all else. Amen.









Sunday, March 29, 2015

Recall and Remember



March 29

Daily Bible Reading: Joshua 23 – 24

Verse of the Day: Joshua 24:16 – “And the people answered and said, Far be it from us that we should forsake Jehovah, to serve other gods…”

Joshua had just challenged the people to serve God with their whole being. Having reminded them of all that God had done for them, they quickly responded that they would serve Him completely. Moses earlier had challenged them that they needed to remember what God had done for them to cause them to stay devoted. Now, Joshua does exactly that.

Over time, they stop recalling what God had done for them – and in turn they would wander from God (in fact the next book we read, Judges, shows this over and over).

We must be careful to recall all that Christ has done for us. His death and payment for our sin debt is vast and deserves our full service and love.

Prayer: Gracious and wondrous God, help us to recall Your goodness today. Amen.








Saturday, March 28, 2015

Stuck like Glue



March 28

Daily Bible Reading: Joshua 21 – 22

Verse of the Day: Joshua 22:5 – “Only take diligent heed to do the commandment and the law which Moses the servant of Jehovah commanded you, to love Jehovah your God, and to walk in all his ways, and to keep his commandments, and to cleave unto him, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul.”

The Hebrew word debaq means to cleave or cling tightly. It is also translated to “hold fast.” Related words mean to glue, and are used to mean the intimate relations between a husband and wife. In the Scriptures to cleave to God means that we resolve to remain faithful to Him no matter the circumstances around us. Our devotion is to be stronger than any other loyalty that we might have. If we are “glued” to God, we will break in pieces if we try to sever the bond. Today, rest in the bond between you and God.

Prayer: Almighty God, may I live in the strength of the bond of devotion between You and me. Amen.








Friday, March 27, 2015

A Place of Refuge



March 27

Daily Bible Reading: Joshua 19 – 20

Verse of the Day: Joshua 20:2 – “Speak to the children of Israel, saying, Assign you the cities of refuge, whereof I spake unto you by Moses…”

Today we do not have “cities of refuge” as they did in the nation of Israel. The cities were set aside to provide a place that one who accidentally killed another would find safety from the avenger of blood. 

We are to be people of refuge for those who are passing through the storms of life. We go the distance for one who is in trouble, we show an attitude of compassion for those in need, and we are willing to make ourselves available to help – in practical and tangible ways – to any who are in need. 

Are you a “city of refuge” for the ones God has placed in your life? Are you open to compassionately filling the needs of those who are struggling in life’s storms?

Prayer: Jesus, You are our Refuge and place of Rest. Help me be this to those You send my way today. Amen.








Thursday, March 26, 2015

Shiloh



March 26

Daily Bible Reading: Joshua 16 – 18

Verse of the Day: Joshua 18:1 – “And the whole congregation of the children of Israel assembled themselves together at Shiloh, and set up the tent of meeting there: and the land was subdued before them.”

The tent of meeting, the Tabernacle, mentioned twice in Joshua (18:1; 19:51). Both places it is in Shiloh (means Abundant Peace) and the picture is the rest referred to in the last devotion. The place where the nation met with Yahweh is the place where they found rest and freedom. The term is also a prophetical reference to the Messiah. 

What a beautiful image being painted before us – the place to meet with Yahweh and find fulfillment of the promise of rest is the Messiah. Today, focus upon Jesus and seek the rest and freedom that only He can give.

Prayer: Jesus, as I turn my eyes upon You, as I focus my mind upon You, as I submit my body to Your use – then I will truly find the rest and freedom that You have bought for me. May I enfold this truth into my life. Amen.








Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Rest



March 25

Daily Bible Reading: Joshua 14 – 15

Verse of the Day: Joshua 14:15b – “And the land had rest from war.”

Rest. The Hebrew word used here means to be at peace. Freedom from anxiety, from conflict; and to the Israelites it meant freedom from wandering and fighting. In this book of Joshua, it related directly to the conflict with the inhabitants. God promised His people a peaceful place to settle, and this depended upon their complete obedience to God’s commands.

In the New Testament, we find the teaching of rest also applies to the believer. Through Jesus Christ we are promised Heaven where we will find rest from death, pain, sin, and earthly struggles. We look forward to receiving the “Promised Land” of Heaven one day.

Prayer: Jesus, our rest, we thank you for the victory over the flesh, word, and Satan. We long for the day that faith will lead us into the land of rest that You have won. Amen.








Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Inheritance



March 24

Daily Bible Reading: Joshua 11 – 13

Verse of the Day: Joshua 11:7 – “Now therefore divide this land for an inheritance unto the nine tribes, and the half-tribe of Manasseh.”

The word used for inheritance means possession or property. When used in reference to the Promised Land it means more than what a man wills to his children. God owns the entire world that He created, and in turn He granted His people a chosen parcel of land. He fixed the boundaries and delivered it into their hands. 

Earlier, we read of the laws governing the sale and restoration of property that God designed to keep the property within the tribal boundaries of the nation. Because of these facts, His people are entitled to enjoyment and rest within what God has deemed theirs.

Prayer: Creator God, just as You deemed the inheritance of the Israelites, through Your Son You have set up a glorious inheritance for us. May we rejoice in it. Amen.








Monday, March 23, 2015

Beware of the Gibeonites




March 23

Daily Bible Reading: Joshua 9 – 10

Verse of the Day: Joshua 9:14 – “And the men took of their provision, and asked not counsel at the mouth of Jehovah.”

Beware of the Gibeonites. The fortress of Jericho was a formidable foe but was visible. The battle of Ai was a discouraging setback, but God displayed the cause. But, when they met with the Gibeonites, Israel did not seek God for discernment or information. You see, our lives often are like this. We can through God defeat the fortress and strongholds in our lives. We sin and then through repentance God cleanses us. So Satan sends delusion our way (he is the father of lies after all), and we seem to think we can handle it on our own. And so, without consulting God (through prayer and the Word) we accept the delusion. And then, we have trapped ourselves. Today, pray and seek God to show any delusion and deception that you have allowed in your life – and then clear it out.

Prayer: Father open our eyes and let us see. Amen.




Sunday, March 22, 2015

The place of ruins



March 22

Daily Bible Reading: Joshua 7 – 8

Verse of the Day: Joshua 7:2 – “And Joshua sent men from Jericho to Ai, which is beside Beth-aven, on the east side of Beth-el, and spake unto them, saying, Go up and spy out the land. And the men went up and spied out Ai.”

Jericho had fallen and the people were moving forward. They came to a place called Ai (“the place of ruins”). Camped with Ai on one side and Bethel (“House of God”) on the other they sought to take control of Ai. God gave them directions on not taking any spoil. One man disobeyed costing the lives of 36 Israelites. His lack of obedience not only would affect him and his family, but the whole nation.

Do we stop to think what ripples the sin we allow in our lives has? There is no such thing as a sin that doesn’t affect others. We need to constantly seek to have a clear conscience with both God and man.

Prayer: Judge of all mankind, search me, reveal to me where I am guilty. May I seek to have a clear conscience before You. Amen.







Saturday, March 21, 2015

And the Walls came Down



March 21

Daily Bible Reading: Joshua 4 – 6

Verse of the Day: Joshua 6:1 – “Now Jericho was straitly shut up because of the children of Israel: none went out, and none came in.”

The mighty city of Jericho, considered invincible at that time was locked up tight. The nation of Israel had crossed over a flood-stage Jordan River and was now camped just down from the city. Jericho heard of what the God of Israel had been doing for His people. And the word of God’s watch care and provision for Israel caused fear in these normally well-protected people. They had shut and barred all entrances and settled in for a long siege. But God had a different idea. As our reading today shows that God can open the strongholds before us and give us the victory. Just trust and follow His leading. Do what He says and He will fight the battles in our lives for us.

Prayer: Majestic Warrior we trust our battles into Your hands. We look for Your victory in our lives. Amen.








Friday, March 20, 2015

Invisible but present



March 20

Daily Bible Reading: Joshua 1 – 3

Verse of the Day: Joshua 1:5 – “There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with thee; I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.”

God may be invisible, but He is in touch with His Creation. We may not see Him, but He is in control. That includes me and you and all of our circumstances. That includes all of life – past, present and future.

It is around this time of year that the vernal equinox takes place. Big words that say that it is the first day of Spring as we call it. The deadness of Winter is overtaken by the beauty and growth of new life in the plant and animal kingdoms. And, this is all under the control of the Creator – God. Today, pause and ponder the wonder of God’s watch care over all of His creation – and you.

Prayer: Creator God, Designer, Builder, Sustainer, the One to Whom all glory belongs, I pause and praise You for this newness. Amen. 





Thursday, March 19, 2015

Moses died



March 19

Daily Bible Reading: Deuteronomy 33 – 34

Verse of the Day: Deuteronomy 34:5 – “So Moses the servant of Jehovah died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of Jehovah.”

Moses, the servant of Yahweh died. From Adam to the present day that can be said of every man who walked upon this earth. That is except for three men. Enoch, Elijah, and Jesus of Nazareth. God took Enoch and Elijah directly into Heaven. Jesus was crucified, buried, but on the third day He rose from the dead. And, after 50 days, He ascended into Heaven to forever be with the Father. Enoch and Elijah give us an image of the coming Rapture. Jesus did not need the Father to take Him into Heaven, being God, Jesus went there under His own power. One day, God will take every believer into His presence in Heaven. Will you be there?

Prayer: Father, I look forward to being in Your presence in Heaven. Amen.







Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Walk without fear



March 18

Daily Bible Reading: Deuteronomy 31 – 32

Verse of the Day: Deuteronomy 31:6 – “Be strong and of good courage, fear not, nor be affrighted at them: for Jehovah thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.”

Moses is coming to the close of his message to the Israelites, and He challenges them to be strong and courageous. In the next few verses Moses will challenge Joshua to be the leader that God needs. The challenge is not an empty call to be aggressive or powerful. The basis of this challenge is that God would give this strength and courage by His presence. He would never fail to keep any of His promises. He would and continues to be with us every step of the way. If we are walking in His way – we have nothing to fear in this life. Question – are you walking in His pathway today?

Prayer: All-present Provider, give me that assurance to walk in Your plan and path today. Help me to walk fearlessly. Amen.







Tuesday, March 17, 2015

A Self-Disclosed God



March 17

Daily Bible Reading: Deuteronomy 29 – 30

Verse of the Day: Deuteronomy 29:29 – “The secret things belong unto Jehovah our God; but the things that are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.”

Revelation in the Scriptures is the act of God that gives men knowledge about Himself and Creation that we would otherwise not know. It includes both what is called general (that which we can find out by study of the natural world) and special (that which is only available by God’s direct disclosure). Anyone who is honest will see that there is a God by the study of the natural order around us. But who this God is can only be found by reading and studying His Word – the Bible. As you take time each day to read it, He discloses more and more about Himself.

Prayer: Creator God, as I read Your Word today, disclose a more intimate view of Who You are. Amen.



Monday, March 16, 2015

Brassy Heavens



March 16

Daily Bible Reading: Deuteronomy 28

Verse of the Day: Deuteronomy 28:23 – “And thy heaven that is over thy head shall be brass, and the earth that is under thee shall be iron.”

Have you ever prayed and felt like the prayer never got any higher than the ceiling? You wonder if God even is listening. Well, God listens to every prayer of His children; He answers every one of them. He might say “Yes,” He might say “No,” and sometimes He says “Wait.” That wait might be because we are not yet ready to receive the answer. It might be because the timing is not the best. And, sometimes it is because of sin in our lives. When you find the heavens “brass,” stop and check your relationship with God. Is there anything between you and Him? If there is confess it and get it right with Him. If not, then wait and see His Great Hand move.

Prayer: Listening God, show me my relationship with You. Cleanse me and make my life what it should be. Amen.







Sunday, March 15, 2015

Our Choice




March 15

Daily Bible Reading: Deuteronomy 26 – 27

Verse of the Day: Deuteronomy 27:10 – “Thou shalt therefore obey the voice of Jehovah thy God, and do his commandments and his statutes, which I command thee this day.”

God taught the Israelites of the blessings and curses that would befall upon them – based upon their choice. If they followed, obeyed, and displayed God they would receive the whole list of blessing He described. However, if they chose to rebel, disobey, and not show forth God – they would receive the curses He also described.

Notice, blessing or curse – it was freely their choice. The same is true for us today. If we choose to follow, obey and display God in our lives, He will bless us. If we choose the opposite, He will allow us to face the consequences. Today, the choice is yours, what will you choose?

Prayer: Granter of our freedom, help me to choose to receive the blessings. Amen.








Saturday, March 14, 2015

Integrity



March 14

Daily Bible Reading: Deuteronomy 23 – 25

Verse of the Day: Deuteronomy 25:15 – “A perfect and just weight shalt thou have; a perfect and just measure shalt thou have: that thy days may be long in the land which Jehovah thy God giveth thee.”

Integrity. A powerful word – often taken way too lightly. We expect everyone to deal with it in relation to us, but often find excuses to not deal with others with it. God informs us that He detests those who deal dishonestly. He speaks of integrity in business transactions and in our homes. In other words – we should have integrity in all areas of our lives.

Today, take an honest examination of your life – would everyone say that you are a person of integrity? Or would they be able to cite examples of “dishonest weights and measures?”

Prayer: Gracious Provider, am I a person who has integrity? Do I measure up before You in all areas of my life? Help me to be what You desire. Amen.







Friday, March 13, 2015

Provision, Protection, or Prohibition?



March 13

Daily Bible Reading: Deuteronomy 20 – 22

Verse of the Day: Deuteronomy 22:8 – “When thou buildest a new house, then thou shalt make a battlement for thy roof, that thou bring not blood upon thy house, if any man fall from thence.”

A battlement? A battlement was a low wall that was placed around the edge of the flat roof of a house. The purpose? To keep anyone from accidentally falling off the roof.

Of all the rules and regulations that God gave (and could give), why was He concerned about people falling off the roof? Because He is concerned with every area of our lives. The rules and regulations He gave served two purposes – to provide and to protect us. It is rebellious spirit that causes us to see them as prohibitions. They are not prohibitions but protection and provision.

Prayer: Provider and Protector, thank You that You are concerned with all areas of my life. Let me follow Your teachings for safety. Amen.







Thursday, March 12, 2015

The Great Prophet



March 12

Daily Bible Reading: Deuteronomy 17 – 19

Verse of the Day: Deuteronomy 15:11 – “Jehovah thy God will raise up unto thee a prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken;”

Moses here gives a prophecy that just as he had been their deliverer from Egypt, there would come One who would deliver people from their Egypt. Egypt is symbolic in the Bible for the world order. It is in Egypt that one is in bondage to sin. As Moses brought the people out from bondage in Egypt, One would come who will deliver from bondage of sin. This promised Prophet – the Messiah – would be the Anointed Prophet, Priest, and King. Centuries later Jesus fulfilled this (as well as numerous other) prophecy. He is the Promised Messiah – the great Prophet who would lead His people out of sin into promise.

Prayer: Father of Promise, thank you that our Moses, our Deliverer, our wonderful Savior has come and bought us out of slavery. Today may I praise Him for release. Amen.







Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Loving the Poor



March 11

Daily Bible Reading: Deuteronomy 14 – 16

Verse of the Day: Deuteronomy 15:11 – “For the poor will never cease out of the land: therefore I command thee, saying, Thou shalt surely open thy hand unto thy brother, to thy needy, and to thy poor, in thy land.”

Is God decreeing that some will always be poor? No, He is stating a fact – in this world, this life, there will be those who have less, much less, than others. God is here instructing us that we have the task, the challenge, the opportunity to lend aid and assistance to those who have less than us.

He will give the Israelites other instructions on how to accomplish this (methods of harvest, year of release, etc.) in their societal community. It has been said that God must really love the poor – He made so many of them. I believe He allows this so that we can show compassion and reach them with our love – His love.

Prayer: Today as I walk this part of the world, help me to see and respond to the needs of those I come in contact with. Amen.







Tuesday, March 10, 2015

24/7 Christianity



March 10

Daily Bible Reading: Deuteronomy 11 – 13

Verse of the Day: Deuteronomy 11:19 – “And ye shall teach them your children, talking of them, when thou sittest in thy house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.”

Somehow we have changed Christianity from a 24/7 part of our life into only a Sunday morning “go to meeting” type of lifestyle. We live our lives in secular/sacred divisions – and the twain seldom co-exists. 

God designed our relationship with Him to be daily. What we believe and live on Sunday should be the same that we live on Tuesday (or Friday night), We are called by God to exhibit our family relationship at all times, in all ways, to everyone we meet along the way.

God challenges us to follow Him, obey Him, and display Him before the world around us. Today – show off God in your life.

Prayer: Father, today I want to display You to the world I live in, shine through me that others may see you. Amen.







Monday, March 9, 2015

Contentment




March 9

Daily Bible Reading: Deuteronomy 8 – 10

Verse of the Day: Deuteronomy 8:10 – “And thou shalt eat and be full, and thou shalt bless Jehovah thy God for the good land which he hath given thee.”

Trials and blessings are both truly tough tests for the Believer. To have all we need or to be in need are areas that God warns us about in learning to be content, and to trust Him. 

To be balanced and to acknowledge God when we are in the midst of prosperity is a struggle – it demands a full level of integrity on our parts. The temptations that come through these times can be more devastating to us than the sudden trauma of some misfortune.

Paul spoke in the New Testament of having learned to be content in either of these conditions (Philippians 4:11). Today, prepare yourself to worship and praise God in either need or excess. Being prepared ahead is the only way to be sure of responding in a godly way.

Prayer: God prepare me to stay balanced before You in both excess and need. Amen.








Sunday, March 8, 2015

One in unity and essence



March 8

Daily Bible Reading: Deuteronomy 5 – 7

Verse of the Day: Deuteronomy 6:4 – “Hear, O Israel: Jehovah our God is one Jehovah: “

The Shema. The foundation of Israel’s beliefs. Following the re-giving of the Ten Commandments in chapter 5, God emphasizes that we are to love Him in our entirety. 

The Shema provides us with two very foundational truths about this One who we are to love completely. First, Jehovah (or Yahweh) is unique. He is totally different from all other deities that man may construct. Second, He is unity. He is One in essence and One in harmony.

Judeo-Christian beliefs are a monotheistic belief. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are one in essence and one in harmony. Today, pause and reflect upon this unique and glorious God – the Creator of all there is.

Prayer: Yahweh, we come to You today in pure worship of Your essence and unity. Amen.







Saturday, March 7, 2015

It is our duty -- Make Him known



March 7

Daily Bible Reading: Deuteronomy 3 – 4

Verse of the Day: Deuteronomy 4:9 – “Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes saw, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life; but make them known unto thy children and thy children's children;”

This first sermon is all about God’s faithfulness, the second deals with His holiness, and the last is His future promises. Moses in this passage today makes it clear that parents are responsible for teaching God’s truth to their children. It is not the Church’s duty – it is the parents.

How? By modeling and repeating the truths of God in their lives and lessons. This was to be a deliberate act on the part of parents. Today, how does your life and words demonstrate God to others around you?

Prayer: Glorious Father of Truth, help me to live and speak Your truth in all my life. May others see You in everything about me. Amen.






Friday, March 6, 2015

Remember - Remember - Remember



March 6

Daily Bible Reading: Deuteronomy 1 – 2

Verse of the Day: Deuteronomy 1:1a – “These are the words which Moses spake unto all Israel beyond the Jordan in the wilderness….” 

The Book of the “Second Law.” Hard name, but a summary of all that has been given. This is a series of three sermons given by Moses to revisit the truths that the nation knew and needed to remember.

The first sermon is in chapters 1 – 4; the second in chapters 5 – 26; and the last in chapters 27 – 34. They provide three looks for the nation – Looking back, looking up, and looking ahead in that order.

God wants us to look at life the same way – we need to remember what He has done in our past. He wants us to remember what He expects of us now, and to remember what He will do for us in the days to come. Let Him show us who He was, is, and will be.

Prayer: Lord our God, Help us to look back, up, and ahead and remember Your great Hand in our lives. Amen.



Thursday, March 5, 2015

Justice with Compassion



March 5

Daily Bible Reading: Numbers 34 – 36

Verse of the Day: Numbers 30:2 – “These are the commandments and the ordinances which Jehovah commanded by Moses unto the children of Israel in the plains of Moab by the Jordan at Jericho.”

We end our journey through the Book of Numbers with these chapters. We find God directing the people on the boundaries of Canaan. He gives through Moses directions on dividing up the land and providing for the Levites. Also, we find the cities of refuge – cities that one who has killed someone can go until they receive a fair trial. Many see the Old Testament as a harsh revengeful book. Instead, with a careful reading we find that God establishes limits and protection for His people. Today, consider where you would be, if God was a revengeful God.

Prayer: Merciful and Gracious God, thank You that You have sought to maintain justice while maintaining compassion through Jesus Christ. Amen.







Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Protect, Provide, Propel



March 4

Daily Bible Reading: Numbers 32 – 33

Verse of the Day: Numbers 30:2 – “These are the journeys of the children of Israel, when they went forth out of the land of Egypt by their hosts under the hand of Moses and Aaron.”

Today we see the 40 stops that the Children of Israel made between Egypt and Moab. Some have called this Moses’ obituary. But, I believe that it is a record of how God enabled the nation to overcome the obstacles of the past. As the people were reminded of where they had been, how far they had come, and how often God showed up and protected, provide, and propelled them forward, they could be sure He would bring them into the Promised Land.

Look back over your life. How has God protected, provided, and propelled you forward? As He has been faithful in the past, we can be assured He will bring us into our Promised Land.

Prayer: Loving provider and protector, help me remember Your hand of mercy seeing me through. I can trust You for Tomorrow.







Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Credible?



March 3

Daily Bible Reading: Numbers 30 – 31

Verse of the Day: Numbers 30:2 – “When a man voweth a vow unto Jehovah, or sweareth an oath to bind his soul with a bond, he shall not break his word; he shall do according to all that proceedeth out of his mouth.”

Quiz time. When you make a promise to someone – do you ever break it? How often today do we look for legal loopholes to get out of something? If it is inconvenient shouldn’t we seek to get out of what we have promised? After all, God understands.

Well. According to this verse in the section we are reading, God expects us to keep all the promises we make – to Him and to others. You see, we need to make sure that we have a great credibility, and not keeping promises widens the gap of our credibility. We need to be motivated by the highest standards, and this is one of them. Integrity.

Prayer: God of Integrity, help me to make sure that I too am credible so that others will look and listen to what I say about You. Amen 





Monday, March 2, 2015

Appointed Times and Plans



March 2

Daily Bible Reading: Numbers 28 – 29

Verse of the Day: Numbers 28:2 – “Command the children of Israel, and say unto them, My oblation, my food for my offerings made by fire, of a sweet savor unto me, shall ye observe to offer unto me in their due season.”

These two chapters give the instructions on the offerings and feasts that the nation of Israel observed. Notice that he people were to observe not only the way to give, but when to give.

Many religions have an arbitrary god who changes as the mood strikes them. It is virtually impossible to know if you are truly in compliance because the rules keep changing. God here shows that He is a God of decency and order. He has a plan, a purpose, and a progression for us to follow. We can know what He wants, because He never changes.

Prayer: Compassionate and caring Lord, thank You that You have shown us what is expected in Your word. Help us to follow You and obey You today. Amen.







Sunday, March 1, 2015

Replacement Commissioned



March 1

Daily Bible Reading: Numbers 25 – 27

Verse of the Day: Numbers 27:18 – “And Jehovah said unto Moses, Take thee Joshua the son of Nun, a man in whom is the Spirit, and lay thy hand upon him;”

Good has instructed Moses to prepare to go up into the mountain, view the Promised Land from afar, and die. Moses after all the struggles, heartaches, complaints, and mistreatment, still cares for the people of God and is concerned that they need a leader.

God instructs Moses in choosing Joshua, placing him before the people, placing his hands on him, and commissioning him to be his replacement.

God will always provide what we need – materially and spiritually. Nothing takes Him by surprise and He will meet our needs in every area according to His Divine will.

Prayer: Jehovah-Jirah, today I trust you to meet every need I have according to Your plan. Amen.







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