You have just attended an awesome New Year service at Church, had a lovely dinner with family and friends on New Year’s Eve and now you set out to do what you always do each year on January 1st, you list out your resolutions, plans and dreams for the New Year. You’re probably not the only one to be doing this.
As a believer in Christ, a New Year can very well be a new beginning in your walk with God. Just as you begin to set goals for this year, it might be a good idea to chart out a plan to know God better through regular Bible Study. These guidelines can help you get started in studying the Bible in the New Year.
• Decide on a particular time of the day when you are free of distractions and responsibilities and set it aside to read and meditate on the Bible. Think of your lifestyle and schedule and pick a convenient time to spend with God’s word each day of the New Year.
• Look for a Bible translation that you find easy to understand along with other study material like a daily devotional, a Bible commentary or a Bible dictionary. While having a few Bible study tools is desirable, it’s not absolutely essential to get started with reading God’s word. Don’t wait till you can buy everything. Start with the Bible even if you cannot afford to spend on other study tools.
• Make it a goal to read the entire Bible at least once in the New Year. This might sound like a lofty plan and you may say you have tried before and failed. Let no past failure guide you. When you truly and earnestly desire to read God’s word, He will help you find the time to read through the Bible this New Year. Several Bibles have a ‘read the Bible in a year’ plan at the end and you could use this. If your Bible does not have a plan, you can download Robert Murray M’Cheyne’s Bible Reading Plan for free here.
M’Cheyne’s Classic Bible Reading Plan
• Approach Bible Study with a heart that is willing to accept correction. The Word of God is compared to a double edged sword. Now that means, what you read and study will pierce your heart and compel a change. What you read each day, you must obey. Ask God for an obedient heart before you read the Bible this New Year.
• Have a journal to record all that God speaks. As you keep up with your Bible reading schedule, God will certainly reveal the hidden truths of His word. Make sure you note these down. At the end of the year, you will be amazed to read through these records of your walk with God.
• Pray before you start reading the Bible. Pray that there is no distraction as you meditate on God’s word, pray that you understand what you read, pray that you hear God’s voice and no other and pray for a sensitive heart that is willing to obey.
• Finally, never give up on your plan. There may be days when you find no time to study the Bible. These may be anywhere between a few days, weeks or even months. No matter how many times you fail, never hesitate to come back. Don’t think you cannot keep up with your goal. The Word of God is a lamp that can shine through any darkness you face, even the darkness of failure. Never run away from this Light out of fear or frustrations. God can and will help you get back in track if only you persevere and never give up.
A New Year always dawns with hope. May your hope in Christ guide and enable you to hold fast to all your Bible Study plans this New Year!
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