159 Almost Daily Devotional – Reading The Word of God Word Daily

by Cliff Ravenscraft on January 31, 2011

in Almost Daily Devotional, Almost Daily Devotional, Blog

Benefits I’ve Noticed From Reading God’s Word Daily
In this episode of the Almost Daily Devotional, I share my thoughts on what it’s been like to actually wake up early every single morning and make reading God’s Word the first thing I do each day, for an entire month.

PLEASE UNDERSTAND that I’m not sharing this information to show off on just how spiritual I am. In fact, in the episode, I openly admit that I’ve neglected spending time alone with God a majority of my Christian life.

What Reading God’s Word Daily Hasn’t Done For Me:

  • It hasn’t magically overhauled my prayer life.
  • It hasn’t magically taken away all my fears and anxiety over God’s provision.
  • It hasn’t magically fixed my schedule.
  • It hasn’t magically given me self discipline to stay focused on work tasks and to get in my daily physical activity.
  • Reading God’s Word Daily for one month does have it’s benefits, but I want to point out that simply reading God’s Word daily for on month isn’t going to fix every aspect of our life.

What Reading God’s Word Daily Has Done For Me:

  • It’s helping to reignite a desire to have a more fervent prayer life.
  • It’s helped remind me that I NEED TO not be so fearful and anxious and that I Should Trust God’s provision for my every need. (Matthew 6:33)
  • It’s helped me discover that I don’t have enough margin in my schedule and is inspiring me to make necessary changes.
  • It’s helped me to realize that I need to be more disciplined and focused. I want to be a good steward of the resource of time that God has given me.
  • It’s helped me to put God first and to see just how far out of whack my priorities have been.
  • It’s helped give me a desire to spend more time with my wife and kids and less time working on my business. (I’m a workaholic)
  • I am LESS stressed than I was before.
  • I’m more easy going.
  • I am more reverent and respectful of God.
  • I am more aware of God’s ever-presence.
  • I’ve been able to resist sins that used to easily entangle me.

Tips on what has helped me in reading God’s Word Daily:

  • I tried reading from a different translation that was different from what I use when I study the Bible.
  • I didn’t get too hung up on the things that I didn’t understand.
  • I didn’t follow a “Bible Reading Plan” though I’m not against them.
  • I started reading in Romans and went through Revelations
  • I then started John, and then will read Matthew, Mark, Luke, & Acts

Verses that help encourage the reading of God’s Word:

  • Psalm 119:11 – I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.
  • John 8:31-32 – Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
  • Joshua 1:8 – Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.
  • Matthew 4:4 – ‘People do not live by bread alone,but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’
  • Romans 15:4 – And the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled.
  • 2 Timothy 3:16-17 – All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.

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