5 Practices to Encourage a Successful Year of Bible Reading

We all need encouragement to press on in anything that is of value.

And daily partaking of the living and active Word of God is one of our greatest privileges. So let’s put to use all the help we can get to encourage that consistent pursuit. In my last post, I shared 5 needs we have that are met in the Word. If you missed it, please check that out here for even more encouragement to press on.

 

But for now, here are 5 suggestions that I have found helpful to persevere in diligence (2 Tim. 2:15).

 

1) Have a plan.

Plan how and when. Decide and stick to a reading plan and decide where is will fit into your daily schedule.  And just keep showing up.

On a busy day or if you need to catch up, there are great resources online that enable you to listen to the Word. Biblegateway.com has many versions to choose from.

 

2) Pray.

Before you begin reading, ask God to open your eyes to see the truth and treasure that He has for you for that day.

Pray to love it, for the discipline to stick with it, and for a daily longing for that time with your Heavenly Father.

 

 3) Engage the battle.

Having a reading plan to mark off and a goal to daily be in His Word may seem very straightforward and like a simple and even benign plan.  Therefore, it is easy to start the year off with a “just do it every day” attitude.

But in regards to daily exposing yourself to the living and active word of God and its power (Hebrews 4:12), along with the reminders of the authority you have and the instructions on how to walk in that authority over the enemy and in this present evil age (Gal. 1:4), it is an understatement to say that you will experience some spiritual resistance. (If you missed this post on the battle, click here.)

 

We are in a battle.  And it is against the rulers, authorities, powers, world forces of darkness, spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places (Eph. 6:12).

 

The enemy is happy to keep us ignorant of this and therefore inept to handle it. Unfortunately he understands the power of the Word of God even more than God’s children do at times, so he fights to keep us from it and

we oblige in our busyness with lesser things.

 

Resolve today that this will no longer be true of you. Be aware and refuse to give into any “I don’t want to”s.  Just keep moving forward in faith and as a result, be built up in the truth to stand.  Put on the full armor of God (Eph. 6) and stand firm.

 

Do not obey your feelings. Battle them. Do not allow this treasure to be stolen away from you.

 

“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ,..”     2 Cor. 10:3-5

 

Be intolerant of your thoughts that do not line up with His truth, and take them captive. Know the truth of His Word so that you are able to quickly recognize them.

 

 

4) Write it down.

 

-Write down your plan, put it on your calendar, and make it non-negotiable. We are not going to make it victoriously in these difficult times without standing on the truth and contending earnestly for the faith (Jude 1:3,4).  We all need to know how to stand and to actually stand on truth. We need each other.

 

-Write/journal what God is showing you.

 

Invite the Holy Spirit to unpack truth for your life out of the text and listen and get it down in writing, that you may be reminded to put it into action and live it out.

 

Write in your bible (check out this helpful bible study tool). Mark instructions, lists, and what you learn about God and what that truth means for your life.

 

Write your own cross-references as you read and the Holy Spirit links it back to another truth.

 

Write out verses that stand out to you in your time in the Word, that you may go back and meditate on them and use them to pray scripture in your prayer time.

 

All of this will help you incorporate the Word into your daily life, which will always encourage you to press on as you see change happen in and through you.

 

 

5) Worship God.

 

When you come up against the resistance to continue on, put on some worship music and press through it. Thank Him for Who He is, what He has done, and what He will do. Tell Him you want to know Him more.

 

Take what you have written down from your daily time with Him, turn it into worship, and allow it to make you hunger and thirst for more.

 

And just do it. Keep showing up.

 

Present your body as “a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12:1,2).

 

 

A short recap:

  • Have a plan.
  • Pray.
  • Engage the battle.
  • Write.
  • Worship.

 

“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” Joshua 1:8

 

Meditating on the Word and doing what it says has promises for success already built into it.

 

Go succeed. Keep showing up.

And allow Him to fill your hunger and thirst and create an even deeper hunger.

Go deeper, and deeper still.

“Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.” Matt. 4:4

 

If you still need a plan, check out my favorite bible reading plan here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Encouragement for Your Commitment to the Word of God

 

“For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.” Romans 15:4

 

We all need instruction, encouragement, and hope.

The Word is where this will be found. May we resolve (decide firmly on this course of action) to be in the Word daily, that we may have the truth not only for our own lives, but also for those that we come in contact with each day who need hope.

 

We need the big picture.

Not only is the in-depth study of God’s Word and meditating upon it essential so that it becomes an integral part of who we are and how we live, but we must also constantly be exposing ourselves to the big picture, the truth of the Bible in its entirety.

This is helpful in our interpretation of scripture as we study, and it builds our faith as we are daily reminded of Who God is, what He does, and how He works.

 

We need our faith to grow.

“So faith come from hearing, and hearing by the Word of Christ.”

When we know, believe, and are convinced of how powerfully He works, it is hard to consider our circumstances too hard for Him and not to trust Him. We need this daily reminder of how big and miraculous the God we love and serve is.

 

-We need the revelation.

And as we read through the whole Word of God each year, we are exposed to passages in His Living Word that we would not otherwise have that moment to engage with. The Holy Spirit then unpacks them and makes them come alive, teaching us valuable truths. Let’s determine to put ourselves in that receiving position and not miss those opportunities.

 

-We need to be equipped.

All scripture is profitable to teach, reprove, correct, and train us in righteousness so that we are equipped for every good work (2 Tim. 3:16,17).

 

May we not neglect this equipping and then use ‘I am not equipped’ as an excuse for any area of disobedience.

 

 

“To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of His calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power, so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.” 2 Thess. 1:11,12 ESV

 

-Would you resolve right now that you will be diligent to accurately handle the word of truth (2 Tim. 2:15), that you will seek out and plan for ways to meditate on, read, and study the whole counsel of God?

Then follow a plan to actually do it. And follow Him, obey what He shows you (transformation).  May we be more and more transformed into His image this year as we expose ourselves to His truth and listen for and obey His voice.

 

Do you need a Bible reading plan? You can read about and print out my favorite here.

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Take What Has Been Freely Offered

 

 

“Be strong and let your heart take courage,
All you who hope in the LORD.” Ps. 31:24

 

 

From the Father’s heart:

 

Submit yourself to My word of truth and believe.

 

Belief opens doors.

 

and

 

Faith is the gateway to abundance.

 

Don’t settle for unbelief.  Fling all your belief and trust on Me, the One who truly never disappoints (because I always and only handle you in ways that are best for you).

 

I can handle your fears and doubts and overcome them with My love and truth.

 

I will meet your faith with My action.

 

Believe.

 

In Me.

 

Take heart.
Take courage.

Take the gift of faith given,

and run with it.

 

Beyond borders,

 

beyond where you ‘think’ you have ‘permission’ to go.

Because My Promises, in Me, are a ‘yes’ and ‘so be it/so it is’ (2 Cor. 1:20).

 

So go do the thing.

 

Obey.

 

Just keep showing up.

 

And follow My lead, which will lead you closer and closer to

My heart,
My ways,
My will,
and My heart’s desire,

which ultimately fulfills your heart’s desire and your deepest longings.

 

No more searching, no more settling for less than.

 

Be filled.

 

 

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Find Your Strength

 

 

My Beloved,

 

I am here for you always, always, always.

 

You need not look around in fear or panic about what to do next.

 

I AM here. And I have your back.

 

I go behind and before you. I hem you in, lay My hand upon you (Ps. 139:5), and protect you.

 

You will feel the heat, but you will not be burned by the fiery trials (1Pet. 4:12, 1:6) all around you.

 

You will persevere!

 

You will find your strength to go on and put one foot in front of the other,

as you look to Me and take the next step,

as you look to Me and know in the depths of your being that you ARE loved.

 

In this world, you will have tribulation (John 16:33*). It is part of living in a fallen world. But oh, the JOY set before you and the hope of My calling and purpose on your life.

 

Rest in My love and adoration,

abide in Me and My Word,

follow My lead,

and I promise you the peace that your heart yearns and longs for and desires.

And I will BE with you and in you. Receive My love, My child.

 

Receive and

walk the paths of righteousness for My Name’s sake (Ps. 23:3), the paths that are laid out specifically for you.

You are loved and called, delighted in, and given a new name: Mine.

 

Come….

 

Take My hand and come.

And rejoice (1 Peter 1:6,7,8; 1 Thess. 5:16).

You are named and crowned with beauty and loved.

Immensely loved and called for PURPOSE.

 

 

*more encouragement in the overcoming in the midst of trials: Rom. 8:37 (31-39); 1 Jn. 4:4,5:4,5;  Rev.3:21,12:11

 

 

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The Real Reason We Struggle to Be Consistent

 

“…. he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6

 

 

“Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.” James 4:8a

 

 

Today, as His children, we get to initiate with the King of Kings.

 

And we are called to do so.

 

This is amazing! So why would it not be our first priority?

 

Whatever today’s answer to that question may be, here is the real reason we neglect our set aside, quiet time with the Lord and His Word on any given day:

 

there is a spiritual battle going on.

 

 

And rather than waging this warfare, that we have been equipped for, and standing firm against it, we succumb. We allow the enemy, who is a thief, a liar, and a destroyer to steal something that is not only precious, but is also POWERFUL.

 

How often do we find ourselves waiting and longing and feeling far away from God and longing for intimacy, and yet we continue on in the busyness of life, failing to accept the invitation to ‘draw near’ [(1448) to worship God with a pious heart1]?

 

The instruction to draw near follows these words:

“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”v.7

 

May we no longer let ourselves off the hook with any excuse that steals something so valuable from us.

 

 

Decide today that you will “be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth” (2 Tim. 2:15a) because we must.

 

 

For us to walk victoriously in these days of confusion and misinformation and to recognize when someone “…advocates a different doctrine and does not agree with sound words, those of our Lord Jesus Christ, and with the doctrine conforming to godliness,…”(1 Tim. 6:3), we must grow in a true knowledge of Him and know the power and Truth of His Word.

 

May our love abound still more and more
in real knowledge and all discernment,
so that we may approve the things that are excellent,
in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ;
having been filled with the fruit of righteousness
which comes through Jesus Christ,
to the glory and praise of God.
(from Phil. 1:9-11)

 

“When You said, ‘Seek My face,’ my heart said to you,
“Your face, O Lord, I shall seek.” Ps. 27:8

 

He has promised never to leave us (Heb. 13:5 ESV). He is always here. Draw near.

 

 

 

1Zodiates. The Complete Word Study Dictionary.

 

For more encouragement on this bible reading venture, click here to see how the being in the Word helps us with these 5 important needs.

 

 

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