Friday, January 30, 2015

POSSESS THE LAND

Today’s Reading: Joshua 18

Click scripture link to read online or HERE to listen online (then click the symbol of the audio speaker above the scripture portion on the right-hand side).

 

At Timna Park, 20 miles (32 km) north of Eilat in the Arabah, a life-sized replica of the biblical Tabernacle has been constructed. While no original materials (e.g., gold, silver, bronze) have been used, the model is accurate in every other way based upon the biblical description.

GOOGLE MAPS – To see where the photo was taken, click HERE.

 

Key Verses – Joshua 18:1, 3

The whole congregation of the children of Israel assembled together at Shiloh, and set up the tabernacle of meeting there…Then Joshua said to the children of Israel: “How long will you neglect to go and possess the land which the Lord God of your fathers has given you?”

 

Just imagine the excitement in the air as all the tribes came together. Think about thousands of animated conversations. Perhaps some said, “If only our parents were here to see this, but they refused to believe that this could happen. They refused to follow the leadership of Moses, Joshua and Caleb. We could’ve been born here in the Promised Land, instead of in the wilderness. Instead of just getting our borders settled, we would’ve been well established for 45 years already. Here we are, gathered around the Tabernacle as we did when we were children on the other side of the Jordan. But listen, Joshua is going to bring us a message from God. It sounds the same as we remember Moses saying to us before we crossed the Jordan. What’s wrong with us? Can we not learn to obey God fully?”

We may want to read, Hebrews 2:1-4 where the word “neglect” shows up again relating to our salvation. Also, “let us not neglect” is found in Hebrews 10:23-25. To neglect the ministry which happens when we assemble together is to court spiritual decline and to miss the essential message God wants us to hear from those He has called into leadership.

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord God, God of our fathers, I believe that I need to possess all that You have given me. Grant me the grace, the determination to go forward, not stopping short of all You have for me. Give me a greater fervency of spirit, because I know that You respond directly in proportion to the level of my fervency. In Jesus’ strong Name I pray. Amen!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

Thank you to all who read God’s Word with me each day. I have a question for you. Do you know anyone who started well on January 1st in a one year through-the-Bible reading program, but may have already missed some days, or has reverted to opening their Bible anywhere to read in a hit-and-miss fashion? Ask around amongst your friends. You may be surprised at the numbers to whom this happens. Let’s try to do this in a non-judgmental way. Now….I have a suggestion. Invite those who have struggled with the one year commitment to check out 100words.ca and see the difference it makes when the readings are shorter (more time for meditation and prayer) and when we move back and forth between the New and the Old Testaments over 730 days. The two year program works! Crossroads has proven this in magazines and books since the 1970s and now in this daily blog. Readers could join us today and in 104 weeks complete God’s Book with joy, much fresh understanding and growth in spiritual maturity!

Yours for God’s work in us to continue without neglect,

David

P.S. Here’s Ron from Crossroads360.com with some thoughts on what can happen as we take a page out of Israel’s book and assemble ourselves together (click here).

P.P.S. Below is a photo of me two years ago (left) and me now (right). I thank the Lord that I’m feeling much better now, and I’ve gained a lot of the weight back that I lost shortly after my cancer diagnosis 2-1/2 years ago. Thank you for your prayers!

The photo on the left is me two years ago, and the one on the right is now. I thank the Lord that I'm feeling much better now.

 

21 thoughts on “Friday, January 30, 2015

  1. Oh, David Mainse!! Thank you, fine sir, for including the photos. You look fantastic and praise God for your healing and renewed health, weight gain and strength! Honoured to pray for you!!

    Holding onto the prayer, today. Moving forward with God’s blessings to achieve all He has afforded me to accomplish in this lifetime. All for Your glory!! Thanking God that we can stay warm and cozy in our homes. Blessings dear saints! Stay safe on this snowy day!

  2. Good Morning David
    Greetings from the nations Capital
    Just want to say thank you again for this daily blog. It has provided me with such a great tool to be disciplined with my bible reading and study. I enjoy the pictures and the commentary and of course your personal words as well. I am so thankful that God has answered our prayers and you have gained weight, and strength and your passion for souls is stronger then ever. Keep on keeping on my friend you are such an inspiration to so many
    Kind regards
    Janet and Eldon

  3. You are certainly looking healthier David! The first picture really does convey the difficulty you were experiencing at the time. I like your encouragement and consistent emphasises on the spirit of fervency in our lives. This is one about you which has been consistent in all the years I have known you. It is one thing to be charismatic, but this can be often short lived. The terms “very hot, glowing, great intensity of feeling,” are all kindred spirits shared with the early apostles and saints. I pray we too will nurture this spirit imbedded within each of us to the glory and praise of our Eternal Father and Son, Christ Jesus!!

  4. We thank the Lord for restoring your health Pastor David, and for guiding us through the 2 year Bible reading.
    The daily discipline has been good for me as well.
    Blessings to one and all.

  5. So grateful for the two-year study Rev. rather than the one-year.
    My dad always said “if u lose your health, you lose everything”. I know now he was wrong, but he meant well. God is with us whether we’re sick or not.
    Your faith and perseverance is such a wonderful inspiration to me Rev. Thank God for u and your kind.
    Blessings fellow saints.

  6. Still faithful to your blog every day Enjoy every bit of it ,the teaching ,the pictures and the personal words God bless you with continual health and peace

  7. WOW!
    It is obvious that the camera does not lie in your case. I remember how thin and cold you were in the Holy Land in November 2012 (like King David you mentioned in jest).
    I actually recommended 100words.ca to our bible study group last Wednesday in Kitchener.
    Shalom,
    Graham.
    2012 Holy Land yellow Bus.

  8. Greetings from the beautiful west coast of Canada David Mainse and blog friends. I thank you for this heart felt blog David and family. Due to the nature of my work schedule my wife and I are unable to worship in church on Sunday mornings and there is no evening church service on Sunday in our community.

    This wondrous blog is my church and is an integral part of my daily morning devotional. Though I participate in discussion less frequently these days, it does not mean that I am not here in spirit…

    Blessings blog friends…

  9. Finally I’m back. I was busy getting my house and snowblower repaired yesterday so just reading your encouraging words now Beverlee, Catherine, and Irene. Thank you so much as I needed that yesterday. God bless you. Completely agree with Ron’s words too about being free at church. Thank you, Ron. Praise God for your restored health David; a great miracle. Blessings on you all today.

  10. I look forward to and appreciate this blog so much every morning. I would like to hear from fellow bloggers how to explain to new believers the horrible killings that take place here in the Old Testament.And the many times it says “The Lord told them to kill and destroy all the people” One comment to me was it sounds exactly like whats going on in those countries today.
    Welcoming your comments.

  11. This is my second time through this 2 year program. The first time I had never even read the bible! I enjoy the structure set out in this format. It is so wonderful to get up every morning and read the Lords word. David you look wonderful! Thanks to you for bringing God to me on a daily basis.

  12. Thank you Beverly kay For that lovely music …. blessing to you.
    and Rev David God has restored you THANKS BE TO God our
    prayers were ansered and we have giving us more bible studys PTL…Rosemarie…

  13. Praise God, He has restored you back to health Rev. He is our Savior, Restorer, Redeemer and Healer, He is Everything to us, He is Jesus! Thank you Jesus! Praise Your Holy Name!! Faithful One!!!

    The Joy of the Lord is evident in you in both photo’s, but the second one reveals the restored David. Great photo!!

    So good to get together with you Rev. David, and all the bloggers, for fresh manna each day. Thank you David for leading us through each day!

    God Bless you all!

  14. Oh Beverlee kay Every song was my husbands favorite I just cloed my eyes and
    basked in that music and I could just see him playing THANK YOU very
    Much ….He loved his piano and hymns …R…

  15. You are looking wonderful David M. 🙂 Praise the Lord for His goodness and healing power.Thank you for sharing the comparison photo’s.
    You asked about who are still following this blog ~ I don’t personally know anyone else who has been or still is, but yes, I am ~ I guess you could say I ‘lurk in background’ as I rarely comment but this 100 Words blog is a daily part of my devotion time.

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