Saturday 21 Apr 2018
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John 6:49 -50

Your forefathers ate the manna in the desert, yet they died. But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which a man may eat and not die.


It is all in the word

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Joshua 1:8 - Do not let this Book of Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.

Joshua had just taken over the mantle of leadership from Moses who was also his mentor. Now that was some big shoes he was stepping into never mind filling, it was an intimidating prospect having witnessed first hand the wonders God  had performed  through Moses.

Not only that he had seen how ungrateful, stubborn and rebellious the people were , he had seen how they drove Moses to the brink, to say he was intimidated would be putting it mildly, i suppose the biggest challenge facing him would be the nagging question of he was going to fill into these shoes? The Lord charged him to be courageous, to refuse to be intimidated by the challenge at hand. Then the Lord revealed to him the secret of success, the secret of fruitfulness for all those who seek his help...the word of God! So called because it is God inspired, God breathed and made alive through the power of God!

Now Israel had come into a covenant with God, and terms of the covenant consist of a set of instructions, tenets, commandments and precepts from God, instructing them how they were to live as his chosen people. In delivering these laws to them, they were told it represented the source of their life and blessings when obeyed. It came with the assurance that they would be blessed in their going out and in their coming in, they would be above and not below, also the presence and favor of God was assured. Simply put although the book of law sets out to regulate their daily living with one another and to guide them in their relationship with God, the primary aim behind it all was to bless them above all things. Every word that proceeds from the mouth of God whether it is a rebuke, direction or commendation is likened to a dew that helps make seeds to bud in the earth.

Isaiah 55:10 — 11 As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

The word of God as made available to us by the bible is given for a purpose, it is meant to produce in our lives making the promises of God accessible to us. But for this to happen the word instructs us on what we need to do in order to access these promises. We are to study the word, meditate upon the word, confess the word and be very, very careful to do what it clearly instructs. The question remains what have we done with the word of late?    What we see here is the manner of attitude the people of God must have and exercise towards the word of God, it calls for complete devotion and full incorporation into our daily living.


1 Corinthians 15:55-57
“?Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?? The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

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