Regular, disciplined Bible intake is not optional for God’s people. It is God’s plan for preserving us and bringing us safely to glory.
Happy New Year to everyone listening. As we leave 2020 and embark into the great unknown of 2021, Pastor John and I are praying for you all, as Paul prays in 2 Thessalonians 3:5: that the Lord will “direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ.”
To that end — that your hearts would be riveted on the love of God — we kick off year number nine on the podcast talking about daily Bible reading. With a new year means a reset on our Bible reading plans. Pastor John, you use the Discipleship Journal Bible Reading Plan, something we talked about in episode 1140, an episode titled “A New Year, A New Bible Reading Plan.” Check that out if you want more: episode 1140.
But today we want to talk about the sustained discipline and spiritual energy such a plan requires over the duration of an entire year. It’s daunting for those who have never done it. Here’s the question: “Hello, Pastor John. My name is Angel. I’m 16. I strive to tell people around me about Jesus and proclaim the gospel of salvation. But I find myself missing one major thing in my life that can be a huge obstacle, and that is my lack of desire for daily Bible reading. More often than not, I find myself forcefully reading the word rather than having an actual passion for doing so. I desire to have that passion. I wonder sometimes if I lack it because I am not a Christian at all. Would a regenerate heart neglect passionate Bible reading? I’m praying for satisfaction. But what do I do now, especially with the new year, and a new Bible reading plan ahead of me?”