Life is a journey from this temporary, earthly home to an eternal one. I’ve longed much to have the Word of God written on my heart as I read through the entire text of the Bible in one year. It is one of those things on my spiritual “To Do” List that I still have left undone.
PROPOSAL: Commit to reading daily Three Chapters A Day-365 Days of Scriptures- individually, and writing a weekly post about what God is doing through your reading. Some of you may want to take some extra time to dig in and word study a bit, but let’s try to limit our posts to what we read and what God is saying to us through Holy Spirit and His Word.
Anyone who completes 50 out of 52 week of the Bible Reading journey will be entered to win a Brand New Spirit-Filled-Life Bible (NKJV) by Thomas Nelson Publishers. How will I know-You’ll check in here with a comment of course.
Boundaries in any good relationship are essential – so let’s do some boundary setting – what do you say?
- Boundary #1: Bathe yourself in prayer. 1 John 1:9 tells us that we are to confess our transgressions to God and He is faithful and just to not only complete that forgiving work He began on the cross, but to also cleanse and purify us from all unrighteousness. If you don’t know if you have anything in your heart that needs confession then ask the Holy Spirit to show you. After you’ve confessed, appropriate the promised forgiveness and cleansing to yourself and ask Him to speak a word to you as you read.
- Boundary #2: When you pick up the Scriptures lay aside what you already KNOW, and observe how the words come to life as you read them from your heart. God’s Word is living and active, sharper than any double-edged sword. It will cut us to our heart if we let it.A living Word will always bring something new to the table. Read these words like you’ve never read them before in Your life. Listen for the rhema words of God to ring in your heart. Words just for you. Ask God to begin writing these words on your heart.
- Boundary #3: Make an appointment each day to meet with God and each week to meet with us. If you get behind, show up anyway. In Mary Kay we used to say that if you have a bad week you need the meeting and if you have a good week the meeting needs you. The truth we’re all busy with a “To Do” List a mile long. God has shown me lately that we have room in our lives for what we make time for – will you make time for this?
- Boundary #4: Let’s work hard to honor one another. A culture of honor applies mercy rather than judgment, and offers encouragement in love rather than correction and discipline. It balances the scales – so to speak. I believe this is what Jesus meant in Matthew 3:8 when He said, “I desire mercy rather than sacrifice.” And, again in the Old Testament when Micah prophesied, “Do justice and love mercy.” Seek to walk justly in my own life while loving mercy for the lives of others. Because honor values the person – let’s not offer counsel unless it is asked for, and let’s not correct openly – but do discuss what the posts and comments are doing in your own heart. Let’s do that, shall we?
- Boundary #5: If you have a blog – write about this there! This will help you to link your post back here. Be sure to leave a comment and use to direct us to your post each week.
Will you join me?
If your answer is Yes! Then let the redeemed of the Lord say so… IN. A. COMMENT.
TO. JOIN. IN: Post your first name (last names are permitted, but are optional), where you are from and today… Post your favorite verse of Scripture.
THEN: Check back here on Friday, December 31st for the first week’s reading assignments – You will find the weekly reading assignments posted Friday at 12:00 am each week.
FINALLY: Chime in on Monday, January 3rd for our introductory post. We’ll be talking about what we are seeking the Lord for in 2011 and what we are praying He will do in our lives as we Blog through the Bible together!