“For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” -Hebrews 4:12
There is no greater influence in the life of a Christian than the authority of God’s written Word. When it’s read, its words have the power to carve away anything unholy (Romans 12:2). A daily dose of scripture has the ability to cure even the most heinous of sins (Psalm 119:11). The promises found within this sacred book will comfort and heal even the most broken of souls (Psalm 119:50).
Unfortunately one of the greatest threats to the condition of the Christian soul is not resistance to its authority; rather, it’s a lack of opening its pages. Too many Christians today fail to unsheathe the sword of the spirit; therefore, forfeiting its power for their lives! For years I failed to consistently seek God in His Word on a daily basis. And for years I fought with an insecurity in my relationship with God. Because I rarely opened my Bible, I constantly battled the question of “How is my relationship with God?” As I have discovered that I cannot go a day without talking with my wife, I cannot go a day without talking with my Father in heaven.
The only cure for my doubt and spiritual self-esteem was to become intentional with the most influential source in my life – The Bible. Thanks to a daily reminder from my YouVersion Bible App on my iPhone, I have followed a daily reading schedule for well over a year. When I have completed today’s reading assignment, it logs my completion and reminds me again tomorrow for my next reading. I love it!
As I allow God’s Word to daily penetrate my heart, and I yield my life to it’s transforming message, my faith has matured. My prayer life has intensified. My obedience has become more consistent. And my relationship with God has become more intimate.
It started with a decision that I would read the Bible every day. And I had a plan to help accomplish that decision. Just opening the Bible and wondering what I would read next never worked for me. With a plan written plan, I decide what book of the Bible or what section of the Bible I will be reading. And I stick with the plan until I’ve completed all of my reading.
What have you done to make your Bible reading more intentional? Keep the conversation going by posting your thoughts as a comment!