It is that time of year again — the time when Americans have made New Year’s resolutions. We’ve promised to eat healthier foods, exercise more and lose weight. Most of us, though, have fallen prey to the never-ending cycle of failed resolutions.
We begin the new year promising to make changes, only to fail after a short time. We start with good intentions, but somewhere along the way, we lose motivation and end up making the same resolutions at the beginning of the next year.
Why not get out of the resolution rut and try something entirely different this year? Consider making a commitment that will feed your spirit and bring great blessing to your life. In 2015, let’s resolve to read more of God’s Word.
I know you might be saying, “I’m already at my church three nights a week. I can’t fit in another Bible study.” Before you get overwhelmed, let me explain.
I am not talking about joining another weekly Bible study or small group at your church. I am simply talking about you and God becoming more intimate this year; about you hiding His Word in your heart so that you will not sin against Him (Psalms 119:11). I am not talking about looking in the Bible to answer Sunday school questions, but relishing in God’s Word so that you develop a deep love for the Lord you never thought possible.
Here are a few simple ways to make the Bible a priority and begin a spiritual resolve for the rest your life.
Start a daily Bible reading plan
It is super easy to download a Bible reading app these days on your smartphone or tablet. Simply choose the plan that interests you and get started. The app will remind you to read and will keep you up to date with your plan. You never have to try to remember the chapter and verse of your reading. You can even highlight and bookmark favorite verses.
If you want to spread the love, involve your whole family. Choose a family devotional reading plan and then discuss what you learned over dinner each evening. A family devotional works even if you have adult children away at college. You can view each other’s plan activity and encourage each other as you read and study together.
How many times do we try to quote a verse only to forget a portion of it? Maybe we can’t remember an important chapter and verse when sharing our faith with someone. Why do we attend church, but refuse to read the Bible? It is no wonder that researcher George Barna called Americans “biblically illiterate.”
For Christians, memorizing Scripture is the best way to hide God’s Word in our hearts. When we face struggles, or temptations, the Lord is faithful to bring His Word to our remembrance and help us overcome. Try memorizing a verse each week. Write the verse on index cards or put Scripture sticky notes on your bathroom mirror. While brushing your teeth in the morning, you will be investing in your spiritual growth.
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SOURCE: Baptist Press