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God’s Word

September 8, 2009

We would all agree about the importance of reading God’s Word on a daily basis.  The struggle for most of us is the actual reading of God’s Word on a daily basis!  For many of us the desire is there, but we aren’t exactly sure how to go about beginning a daily time in the Bible.  The Bible can be a very intimidating book, my copy of the Scriptures has more than 11oo pages!  But it is possible, and I would argue necessary for a growing disciple of Jesus Christ to master this book.  I want to take a moment and give you some suggestions for developing an ongoing time of daily reading the Bible.

1.  Make reading the Bible a matter of prayer, asking God to give you the desire to read His Word on a daily basis.

2.  Set aside a time each day for reading and prayer.  This may require setting your alarm a little earlier or turning off the T.V. a little earlier in the evenings.

3.  Follow a plan.  There are many great reading plans out there from which to choose.  One of my favorites is the reading plan developed by The Navigators.  This is a plan that will allow you to read through the Bible in one year, but also gives you 5 days off a month in order to catch up if you get behind.  You can find this plan here…                                                                                                                                                                            http://centenarylex.com/bible/.

Another simple plan is to read the “Proverb of the Day”, read the proverb that corresponds to the day of the month (there are 31 days in most months and there are 31 chapters in Proverbs).  I am writing this on September 8th, so the proverb of the day would be Proverbs 8.  Proverbs is a book of wisdom and is a great way to start a busy day.

As you grow in your reading you may want to add a chapter from Psalms each day.  For the really adventerous you may want to read 5 Psalms each day, again using the day of the month.  For example, today is the 8th so you could read Psalm 8, 38, 68, 98, and 128 (take the day and keep adding 30 until you run out of chapters).  This would allow you to read the book of Proverbs and the book of Psalms each month!

It is also good to read a chapter from the New Testament each day.  As I said, there are many ways to read the Word, experiment a little and find what works best for you.

4.  Look for opportunities to discuss what you have read each day.  Find a friend and hold one another accountable to read each day.

These are just a few suggestions to help you get started on the adventure of exploring and learning the Word of God.  I know that this sounds like it may take a great deal of time, but honestly you could follow these plans in less than 30 minutes a day.  The most important thing is to get started!  Make the decision to start consistently spending time in God’s Word and then “Just Do It”!!

That all may hear!

J

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  1. September 8, 2009 9:16 pm

    I thank my amazing church staff for encouraging us to read the Word everyday! This will be my FIRST time to make the resolution of reading the Bible through in a year…..and actually accomplish it! I am so close to being finished and I am so proud of myself!

    It’s made a complete difference in my devotions!

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