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Get Yourself A Plan {A Bible Reading Plan}

LLFC LogoIt’s Monday, and after half a week of being sick, I am feeling the tug and the pull to get back to my routine. We all know that when mama gets sick, disorder tries to creep in and take over. Thank goodness for the {20 Minute Cleaning} Challenge (you can read more about that {here} and {here}), and for a husband who loves to serve his family. I survived {smile}.

Now we are up and in full swing for our 2013 {Live Life Fully Committed} Challenge. Last week we talked about our prayer life. Did you get one?

I hope so. Because without a prayer life, nothing else we do on this journey will amount to anything. It all begins with time in God’s Presence.

Got that in order? Then let’s proceed.

Are you fully committed to a daily time of Bible reading/study?

Prayer, without reading of the Scriptures, is like fighting a battle with a sword and never using it. The Scripture provides us with a weapon for our journey, a manual for life, and a way of getting to know God and His plan for humanity.

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, (2 Timothy 3:16)

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12, NIV)

Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away (Matthew 24:35).

Step-by-Step

I know reading the Bible can be intimidating. There’s so much in there and sometimes we don’t know where to begin.

If you’re new to this, I recommend starting in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. The book of Acts gives such a rich history on the formation of the first church and on the spreading of the gospel.  And the book of Romans is also wonderful for learning how to live a Christian walk according to the Scriptures.

But if you’re already familiar with Jesus, with his birth, life on Earth, his death, and resurrection. And if you’re already familiar with the apostles, and with men like Paul and Timothy. Then let’s go deeper.

How about getting yourself a Bible Reading Plan?

Last year, I wanted to read the Bible as a whole. I wanted to go through the details in a way that made sense. I downloaded a Chronological Order Bible Reading Plan and my adventure began. You can read more about a Bible Reading Plan in the posts below:

The Bible Reading Plan

Bible Reading Plan {How’s It Going? Need Some Help?}

The Bible Reading Plan, How’s It Going?

Today’s Challenge

Purpose in your heart to be fully committed to God and in so being, make daily time in the Scriptures a priority. Get yourself a plan.

Check out Back To The Bible for some different ways of making this discipline a reality in your life.

Benefits of having a printed out reading plan:

  • Fold it in half and put it in your Bible. Easy Access.
  • Have a visual reminder of how far you’ve come in learning God’s word.
  • Save time. Knowing what you’re going to read ahead of time relieves the stress of trying ‘to find something good to read’. It’s all good. We just won’t figure that out until we go through it.
  • Get a better understanding of God’s plan, from the beginning, as you read through well known and loved Scripture texts in their actual context.
  • Get a better understanding of who God is, how He works, and what He asks of us.

Things to consider:

The Bible Reading Plan is just a guide to help you keep on track and stay focused in your daily time in the Word. Don’t make it legalistic. It’s okay to deviate from your list as God leads.

Having a Plan is not a checklist. ‘Yay, I got my checkmark for the day, I’m good!’ Going into it with that mindset can actually be harmful. It can cause us to open up the Scriptures with a self-righteous attitude rather than with a humble and teachable spirit.

Follow God’s lead. There were days I’d read through 10 chapters in one sitting, because I just couldn’t put my Bible down. Other days, like this week, I’d get stuck in a specific story.

Take the story of Noah, for example. I grew up on this story. I’ve heard it and read it numerous times. It can be easy to get bored with it and want to skip it. Get past the temptation to do this. Instead, try reading with a new perspective.

I spent an entire week with a Reading Plan waiting for me. I wasn’t ready to move on. I wasn’t ready to keep going. There were so many nuggets to chew on, and I didn’t want to miss any of them. So I marinated between Genesis 6-9.

When you read through the Scriptures, slow down, chew well, and let it all digest within you. God’s word is life. It’s fresh bread. And this bread will satisfy in ways you’d never imagined. Let it go deep within you, until it nourishes you and becomes active within.

It’s the difference between Noah’s ark being about a man, some animals, and a rainbow…

to learning

  • the power of righteousness in the midst of a wicked generation.
  • the power of obedience and a holy fear of God.
  • that God’s promises will never return void.
  • that before the rainbow there is a process.
  • that sometimes we will have to sit in our process with absolutely nothing to hold onto except God’s promise.
  • that the favor of God upon us can save us, our households, and an entire people.

See the difference?

Now it’s your turn. Are you up for the challenge? Are you up for a new adventure?

If so, get yourself a Bible Reading Plan, then join me tomorrow as we continue on our journey to live 2013 fully committed!


© 2016 Darlene Collazo | {In Pursuit} My Quest

Comments

  1. Lorena says:

    Love this series of blog posts! Keep them up!

    • Hi Lorena. Thanks for stopping by {In Pursuit} and sharing. I am glad to hear you’re enjoying our 2013 {Live Life Fully Committed} Challenge. This series has been a lot of fun. I look forward to diving in deeper with readers. So glad you’re joining me on this adventure!

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