"Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes out of the mouth of God."So, if you believe the words of Matthew 4:4 to be true, what are you doing about it? How many times have you told yourself that you need to spend more time in the word or read the Bible more often than you do? And of those times, how many of those convictions have turned into action?
As the end of 2011 approaches and 2012 is growing bigger on the horizon, what better way to start the New Year then to make a covenant with God to spend more time in his word? We know that the Bible is used for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16) but how can we expect to be shaped by the word of God if we aren't spending time reading it?
One of the greatest reasons our goals are thwarted is because we had no genuine plan to make them a reality. It's one thing to say, "I need to do this" or "I need to do that"...but it's quite another to actually take action on those thoughts. We will only be as successful as we set ourselves up to be, which is exactly why we should go into 2012 prepared with a Bible reading plan that works for our lives. Don't put this off any longer. There are plenty of plans out there that are setup to fit into your life, so there aren't any valid excuses this time around. Some plans are more rigid (for the consistent folks) and others are a bit more liberal (for those that need some built in "oops" days), but the thing that each of these plans allows us to do is get into the scriptures and allow them to supernaturally work in our lives to mold and shape us into the people God wants us to be.
Most people don't fail for lack of desire, they fail for lack of follow through. Take the next couple of days of 2011 to develop a workable plan which will allow you to spend time in every part of God's word.
Here are some examples of Bible reading plans which may work for you.
"Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth." (2 Timothy 2:15)
Happy Planning and Reading Folks!
For His Glory,