Daily Reading Plans
We are excited to start 2017 & grow together with you in the Lord. We are encouraging all of our church to partake in daily Bible reading and journaling. Our staff started reading through the gospel of Matthew on January 1st and sharing some of our observations and how we want to apply what we are learning in our lives. We’ve been sharing together at our staff meetings as well as with one another (e.g. 1 on 1). Start with us where we are or feel free to start at Matthew 1.
Journal about what it means & how you apply it in your life. You don’t need to make notes on every verse but record some of the things God is revealing to you. We will have journals at the resource center if you would like.
The Importance of Reading the BibleMan lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord. - Deut 8:3
It probably doesn’t even need to be said for we all know that our diet (what we eat and drink) impacts virtually every aspect of our physical well being. It’s something drilled into us by our parents and even at school. Fitness.gov states that a healthy diet reduces the risk of chronic diseases such as cancer and heart disease yet a poor diet is associated with all sorts of illness and even death. A recent news release by the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) notes that “American Adults are Choosing Healthier Foods, Consuming Healthier Diets USDA research shows”. There are exceptions (obesity is on the rise) yet overall we get it.
So fantastic! Americans are more aware than ever of the positive effects of diet and are taking steps to eat right – nothing wrong with that. But the question for you, child of God, is do you realize that your spiritual life needs sustenance (food) just like your physical life?
The answer is yes, just like your body needs nutrition, your spirit needs food too. In “jousting” with Satan in the wilderness, Jesus said that, “It is written. Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God” Matthew 4:4. The fact is meeting physical hunger alone won’t help the believer’s spiritual life one bit. We need spiritual meals. That spiritual meal is God’s word, scripture, the Bible. Peter calls the word of God “milk” and tells his readers to desire it just like newborn babes (James 3:2) – slurping it up like nobody’s business! And friends, it’s not like yucky medicine you have to take when you’re sick. No,no,no… it’s tasty and sweet! Just ask King David (Psalm 19:10, Psalm 119:113).
Further, are you aware that your spiritual diet affects your spiritual well being? Virtually every spiritual “ailment” afflicting believers can be traced to poor diet and the good news is, it can be reversed by good diet! Suffering from a lack of spiritual energy and finding it hard to believe? Take a moment; grab your bible and read. It’s really the only way to receive a lasting burst of vitality that changes everything. So then faith comes by hearing (or in our case, reading) and hearing by the word of God Romans 10:17. Struggling with making wrong choices and finding your self giving in to temptation more often than not? Pick up the scriptures, start reading them, and begin hiding them in your heart (memorizing a verse or two, even more if you can). Watch how those things that tempt lose their power over you. “I have hid Your word in my heart that I might not sin against You.” Psalm 119:11.
You can have a healthy spiritual life with strength and maturity where you make a difference. Just remember to maintain a proper “spiritual” diet – read your bible regularly and often! Neglect it to your peril. “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God…that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17.