God has given us His written word. He has shown us love by telling us exactly what he expects from us. We know that in order to please God we must be obedient. How can we be obedient to God if we do not know what He has said? We can't. Daily devotion to God and His word is essential. The Psalmist writes in Psalm 1:2, “…but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on His law he meditates day and night.” His Delight….When is the last time you found joy in God’s word? When is the last time you meditated on it day and night (everyday?). A study by LifeWay Research showed that only 19% of churchgoers read their Bible everyday. 18% read their Bible rarely or never. It also showed that only 59% agreed that “throughout the day I find myself thinking about biblical truths”. Isn’t it interesting that 59% also read their Bible once a week, a few times a week, or everyday? There isn't just a correlation between Bible reading and our daily thoughts; there is cause and effect. The more we spend time in God's Word, the more likely we are to have it in our heart. The more we have God's Word in our heart, the more we focus on God and His Word.
How often do you read your Bible? Do you find yourself thinking about biblical truths throughout the day? Are you allowing the Word of God to be “a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” just as David wrote in Psalm 119:105? This isn't something to be taken lightly. This is extremely important.
Parents, are you helping your kids develop their own faith by encouraging daily Bible reading? Are you having daily devotionals with your children? A child's faith development starts at home. Let’s work on this together. Starting this Monday, September 15 let’s start a Bible reading schedule. Every WEEKDAY, come together as a family, read the selected scripture and discuss as a family.
Let’s do all we can do to think about biblical truths throughout the day!
Reading Schedule for September 15-30
September 15: James 1:1-18
September 16: James 1:19-27
September 17: James 2:1-13
September 18: James 2:14-26
September 19: James 3:1-12
September 22: James 3:13-18
September 23: James 4:1-11
September 24: James 4:13-17
September 25: James 5:1-6
September 26: James 5:7-12
September 29: James 5:13-20
September 30: Make-Up Day/Extra Discussion/Review of whole Book.
Remember "For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you might follow in his steps" (1 Peter 2:21).
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