Day 1-Getting Started

Reading Through the Bible: Genesis 1:1-2:25; Psalm 1:1-6; Proverbs 1:1-7; Matthew 1:1-25

Today is a great day for starting things new, and I am inviting you to join me in reading through the entire Bible this year one day at a time.  I also hope that you will use your Bible reading to help chart the course for the day by praying for guidance from the Holy Spirit and interceding for others.  And if you want to get real "crazy," we could all keep a journal of the activity of God in our lives and all that He is revealing through His Word.  This may seem like a lot, but like all great adventures we just need to get started and see where the road takes us.

For over 25 years I have read God's Word, some type of devotional commentary, prayed, and journaled (not necessarily in that order), and I can assure you it not only life changing, it is life shaping.  It contributes to the transformative process of God making us more like His Son Jesus.  But before we go any further, I need to share an important word with you: grace.  Do not make this a legalistic activity of your life that contributes more stress and anxiety to your day.  This is something we should enjoy, like a tasty breakfast...we just need to create a hunger for it.  That way we look forward to it because it satisfies us.  If you miss a day or day, you can skip it and start back up where we are; or you can take a day to catch up; or you can go back and follow the days you missed and finish reading through the Bible in May of 2019!  The main thing to remember is that we are trying to form a life pattern of reading God's Word regularly and meditating upon it.  Today is the only post that will be this late in the day.  From now on I will post them at night before I go to bed, so the reading will be there for you no matter how early you get up.  If for some reason you don't see it, remember our word...grace!  I hope you will participate and invite friends, coworkers, fellow students, your Sunday School class, and of course your family to walk this journey along with us.  Well, let's get started!

"Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night." Psalm 1:1-2 (NKJV)

When we begin listening to the voices in our life that are not based on God's Word, it slowly brings our spiritual growth to a halt.  This happens in our individual lives, but spreads to our families and friends and sometimes whole churches.  It may start very innocent, just simply having conversations with people who don't know God personally through Jesus as their Lord and Savior, or reading a book or watching something on television or listening to a podcast...or reading a blog.  Spending time in God's Word helps us to identify what is authentic and what is counterfeit.  We are all looking for guidance to help us make decisions that will improve our lives, and our enemy, Satan is well aware of that.  We will encounter his subtle deceptions at every turn of every day, and we must be prepared.  Pray that God will help you look upon your Bible reading today not as some disgusting health food that you have to digest because it's good for you, but that you would "delight" in His Word like your favorite meal being prepared by someone you love...who makes it just the way you like it.  Don't just read the scripture today, savor it.  Remember that God sacrificed so much just to make it available to us, and it's message has eternal value for us and all we share it with.  Spend the day looking for ways that God makes His Word real to us in our daily lives.  He wants us to understand what we read.  Also, remember that Rome was not built in a day.  If we have not made a habit of meditating upon "the law of the Lord" it will take some time to incorporate it into our daily lives.  Think of it like Jesus coming to visit your house; are you going to put him on the couch because He will be leaving soon?  Or are you going build or clean out a permanent space for Him to stay as long as He wants?

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