It’s never too late to start reading the Word. Often, though, we seem to find it difficult to either start or maintain – there’s so much to work through, and without a plan, even the best intentions peter out after even a few days. We have different Bible Reading Plans to help you get started and keep going. Once you get past the ‘where to start’ hurdle, having a structure in place will take much of the headache away, leaving you to do what matters most – read the Word.
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Some tips to help you with your Bible reading plans:
- Make a commitment to yourself. Realise that it’s always a challenge in the beginning. Self and life seems to conspire against you. It’s not necessary to make promises to God you might not be able to keep – He has given the Word to set us free, not bring us under condemnation. Simply make up your own mind that you need the Word in you and this is the best place to start. Once you discipline self and discover the joy that comes naturally as you read more and more through our Bible reading plans, that initial resistance will soon fade.
- Find a time of day that works for you. Trying to adhere to a schedule that isn’t practical is self-defeating. It will only generate stress and take the joy out of something that is meant to be exceedingly joyful. If need be – if you choose one of the Old and New Testament Bible reading plans – divide the readings so you do one in the morning and one at night. If you have a schedule that works, those rare occasions when genuine responsibility intrudes will be easier to manage.
- Remember that everything is flexible, depending on your needs. If you need to, for example divide the 365-day readings into one per day, you can extend the plan accordingly. What matters is that you read the Word.
Getting the most out of your Bible Reading Plans:
- Pray before you start reading. Ask God to open your heart and your spirit to receive and to root the Word within you. You’ll be amazed how much you remember when you do this. The Word of God will begin to open up and be available to you when you need it most. At the very least, you’ll recall a verse or event and be able to look it up if you cannot remember all of it. Remember, it’s the Living Word. It contains the supernatural power of God to quicken it within us if we make the effort to put it within us.
- Keep a pen and notebook handy. If something strikes you as you read, make a note of it with the verse reference. You will be humbled and amazed as you begin to see how God speaks to you and guides you through your daily readings.
Above all else, enjoy it. The Word of God is our source of life, hope, faith, strength, salvation, joy, liberty, and guidance. A joyful heart with real expectation will always receive from God far more than we could ever ask or imagine.
May you be richly blessed as you begin your journey through the vibrant, dynamic, life-giving Living Word of God. To combine your daily reading with our challenging and encouraging devotionals, you can find them here.