Thursday, January 2, 2014

Day 2-First Things First

entire series' intro and list (here)

Our very first secret to a full and happy life is...

Keep the most important thing the most important thing...

When we make any relationship a priority,  the two words that come to mind are time and effort. This is just as pertinent when we are considering our relationship with Jesus Christ. We must make the time and put in the effort by talking (prayer) and listening (reading the Bible) to Him every day.

This involves systematically and regularly reading through the entire Bible to get the whole picture of Who God is, His plan for the world, who we are, and how we are to live...

Thy word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. (Psalm 119:105)

All scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth. (2 Timothy 2:15)

For the Word of God is living and powerful, sharper than any two-edged sword...and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)

Every word of God is pure, He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him. (Proverbs 30:5)

By regularly reading the Bible, we become familiar with the words of God. They take root in our hearts and lives. We start to remember the words even when we aren't actually reading them.

Below I've listed some Bible reading plans. Most will get you through the Bible in a year, by just spending 10-15 minutes reading daily.

Coley: printable or available as an app, you read from a different part of the Bible every day. History, Torah, epistles, gospels, prophecy, poetry. This is the variety plan. Some days have long readings and some are short. Downside: no continuity from day to day, week to week.

2/1/4. Week days read 2 chapters from Old Testament and 1 from the New Testament. On the weekends, read 4 chapters from the Old Testament both days. Downside: no plan to check off.

Chronological: for those who like to connect the dots...

2 Year plan: if you want to take it a bit slower, but still make it through in a definable period of time. Plus: built in catch up days...

She Reads Truth: daily plan, but not yet systematic or through the entire Bible. Online devotional.

Good Morning Girls: online Bible studies and accountability.

Robert Murray McCheyne Plan: probably one of the most well known annual Bible reading plans. In both testaments every day. App is available.

The Bible reading app for iPhones, iPads, etc...(what I am using to keep on track these days...) has many more plans to choose from.

Read when you have time. Read when you don't. Read to hear, know, believe and obey. Keep reading when it seems dry. Read.

for more on this subject check out
Fail to Plan
Bible App Pros and Cons