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Live 2019 in God’s Word!

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God’s Word, the Bible. Nothing contributes more to one’s spiritual growth than reading God’s Word, meditating upon God’s Word, believing God’s Word, and obeying God’s Word. And reading the Bible—book by book and chapter by chapter—is the foundation of living in God’s Word.

Exodus 16 tells the story of the manna, given to the children of Israel for their daily physical sustenance. It’s also a picture of Jesus (John 6:32-33), and a picture of the word of God (John 8:31-32).

When the people saw the manna on the ground, they did not know what it was. So they asked the question “what is it?“ “What is it” is the meaning of the word ‘manna.’

They were not aware of the fact that this was the ultimate super food. It had all the proteins, all the vitamins, all the right kinds of fats, all the minerals that they would ever need. They would eat this food for 40 years in the wilderness. None of them would become obese, no one would have high cholesterol, no one would acquire food related diabetes.

The manna illustrates our need to daily feed upon the Scriptures.

As was initially true of Israel, most people are not aware of the power and strength that comes to us through the Word of God. But when a person begins to read it, believe it, and obey it … its power becomes apparent.

Do you have the daily habit of reading God‘s Word? If not, may I suggest to you that this one habit has the capacity to entirely change your life!

To help you along, I’m going to list some resources that can trigger the habit of daily Bible reading. If you dive in, you’ll see major changes in your life in the coming year. God promises it. 

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Suggested Bible Reading and Study Resources

Tips on Reading the Bible Daily

  1. Start reading the Bible today—there is no better time, and there’s no reason to wait.
  2. Set aside a specific time each day. Set your schedule and then stick to it. Mornings are great, but feel free to use any time that works consistently for you.
  3. Read the Bible for the sake of learning, especially for the purpose of knowing God and His purposes for your life.
  4. Say a short prayer to God before you begin, asking the Holy Spirit to give you wisdom and understanding, then be refreshed by the words you read!

Suggested Bible Reading Schedules

Discipleship Journal Bible Reading Plan (entire Bible in one year, the Gospels twice).

https://www.navigators.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Discipleship-Journal-Bible-Reading-Plan-9781617479083.pdf

Discipleship Journal Book-At-A-Time Bible Reading Plan (two readings per day)

http://www.navigators.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/DJ-Book-at-a-Time-Bible-reading-plan.pdf

Navigator Discipleship Tool (read through the New Testament five days a week, five minutes a day)

https://www.navigators.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/navtool-5x5x5.pdf

21 Day Challenge (read the gospel of John in 21 days, form a new habit)

https://www.backtothebible.org/images/stories/pdf/Reading_Guide_21_Day.pdf

90 Day Challenge (readings in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and the book of Genesis)

https://www.backtothebible.org/images/stories/pdf/Reading_Guide_90_Day.pdf

6 Month Challenge (Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and the whole New Testament)

https://www.backtothebible.org/images/stories/pdf/Reading_Guide_6_Month.pdf

Chronological Bible Reading Plan (read the Bible as things occurred)

https://www.blueletterbible.org/assets/pdf/dbrp/1Yr_ChronologicalPlan.pdf

Bible Apps

Bible Gateway

https://www.biblegateway.com/app/

You Version

https://www.youversion.com/the-bible-app/

Bible.is (audio App for iPhone and iPad)

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bible.is-dramatized-audio/id378075859?mt=8

Blueletter Bible (good study resources, for iPhone and iPad)

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/blue-letter-bible/id365547505?mt=8

Introduction to the Bible

30 Days to Understanding the Bible, Unlock the Scriptures in 15 Minutes a Day (by Max Anders)

Talk Through the Bible (by Bruce Wilkinson and Kenneth Boa)

Halley’s Bible Handbook (by Henry H. Halley)

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