Reading the Bible in 2014

1 Jan

Every year around this time there are all sorts of articles with Bible reading plans for the new year. I think this is a good thing and certainly I don’t want to dissuade you from reading through the Bible this year. In fact, if you want to see an article with a lot of possible plans for reading, Justin Taylor posted a good article about reading plans on the Gospel Coalition. Here is the link . . .

http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/justintaylor/2013/12/26/how-to-read-the-whole-bible-in-2014/

If you are so inclined, please take advantage of one of these reading plans.

However, I want to share with you a few ideas for Bible reading for the new year which will be helpful whether you do a year-long reading plan or not.

Reading the Bible in 2014 . . .

1. Read for JOY. Aim in your Bible reading to enjoy your time with God in His Word. Stick with reading the Word until you break through to joy.

2. Read REGULARLY. Daily Scripture reading will feed your soul like nothing else. Take time to read every day and you will find your desire to read increase.

3. Read SLOWLY. Take your time to understand what the Bible is saying. Stick with it until you can understand what a passage is saying and what it means. If you read slowly and still don’t get it then you may find help through a Study Bible.

4. Read PRAYERFULLY. As you are reading, turn your reading to prayer. When you see something great about God, turn your heart to praise.

5. Read with PEN IN HAND. Note things that jump out to you as you read. You can do this in a notebook or in your Bible.

6. Don’t feel GUILTY about not reading through the Bible in a year. Obviously, if you’ve never read all the way through the Bible, you should. But there is no requirement to read through the Bible in a year.

7. PERSEVERE. Don’t give up if you miss a day or if you have a day where you don’t feel joy in reading or don’t feel like you comprehend as well.

Have a great year in 2014 getting to know God better through His Word!

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