It is nearly the end of the second month of 2013 and I thought I would check on how your resolution to read your Bible everyday was going. I also thought I would offer some encouragement.
It is very important that the Word of God is before us daily, for it is the power of God to defeat the devil. In Ephesians 6 we read about putting on the armor of God and the purpose, Paul says, of putting this armor on is to “stand firm against the schemes of the devil” (v. 11). Paul then walks us through all the pieces of armor we have at our disposal through the Gospel, and he ends with a weapon of war that can be used defensively or offensively. Paul writes, ” And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (v. 17). The weapon which we wield against Satan and his is the sword of the Spirit, which is the very word of God. Joel Beeke, in his wonderfully helpful little book, Striving Against Satan, says this about the sword of the Spirit,
The sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God (6:17b) is a unique piece of armour in fighting Satan, for it attacks the enemy as well as repels him. God magnifies his word by using it as a double-edged sword (Heb 4:12). The Holy Spirit, the author of God’s ‘breathed-out’ word, enables us to interpret and use this word…use the sword of the Bible to stand your ground against Satan, to assail him, to run at him, to rout him, and to drive him from the field. Have confidence in the word of God. It will never fail you, not even in the thick of battle with Satan…(54-55).
The importance of having the word of God in you daily cannot be underestimated. I have previously posted various reading plans to assist in our dedication to reading the Bible every day. Click here to view some reading plans. I have been using Grant Horner’s Bible Reading Plan. It is a good plan that requires you to read 10 chapters of the Bible everyday, which equals 3650 chapters a year and the Bible has around 1190 chapters total. If you click the link, there may be somethings you disagree with, like reading the Gospel of Matthew in 35 minutes or less, or thinking that this system is more about quantity than quality. At the end of this month I will have read 29 (some books repeat every month) books of the Bible since January 1. That is a lot of reading, but that is not the point of this reading plan for me. The point is to become more intimate with the word of God, the sword of the Spirit. I encourage you to do the same, no matter what reading plan you choose, if you choose one at all. Stick with it, even if you miss a day here and there.