Saturday, 31 December 2011

New year challenge! I dare you!

My blog has moved to  brand new new-look blog! Thanks to my step-daughter Christine for her patient transfer of every individual item. No more 'tangles' reading. The past the present and the future; the snake, the cross and the click away! Looking forward to hearing from you on all the comment-reply spaces.My
(Today is the first day of the rest of your life. Today is a new day. This challenge stands!)


I DARE YOU....... Read through the Bible in one year!

(See Master outline number one The Bible.)

To Christians: It is an instruction. Don’t let this be said of you: “Your mistake is that you don’t know the Scriptures, and you don’t know the power of God.” (Matthew 22:29) or “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” (Hosea 4:6)

Christians, stop running around with the individual ingredients of a ‘cake’ and you don’t know what the end product looks like. Is it a birthday cake? A Christmas cake? Or  a cupcake? Or a pancake? Let no one lead you astray!

Make a promise to God that you will never go on to the computer or your phone and never on facebook before you have read at least 6 verses in His word, but preferably a topic or chapter. Set your alarm one hour earlier each morning. I dare you! (Not from a devotional book, that you keep for where you have time to kill or waiting for someone.) Read the undiluted Word of God. His voice.

There are two ways of reading. The one is an intimate quiet time where you meditate and study and communicate with God through His word. A must. The other is where you replace it with a magazine or novel or TV watching. Just reading for pleasure.

“Study this book of instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do. (Joshua 1:8)

Non Christians:   Read it because it is the all time best seller. It is the best book ever written. Read it for it’s literacy value, it’s poetry, it’s human stories, its wisdom, its future prophesies... many things can be added here. Don’t criticise anything Biblical until you have read the entire Bible.

Where is there another book that says this about itself:
 “ ...sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. (Hebrews 4:12-13)

“It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it.”

“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.” (2 Timothy 3:16)

“Ask Me and I will tell you remarkable secrets you do not know about things to come.” (Jeremiah 33:3)

“These things happened to them as examples for us. They were written down to warn us..” 1 Corinthians 10:11)

Recommendation: Please invest in a New Living Translation Bible. The King James version is too difficult.  You won’t enjoy something if you don’t understand it. What I do is to read the two in conjunction with each other.  My first Bible I read was the Living Bible.  I know you can can read from the Internet but it is so nice to have the book with paper pages in your hand and to tick off each book as you finish reading it.

If you go to this blog's How to Read and Pray you have the book of Mark there and it can serve as a example of how to make your Bible personal and talk to God about what you are reading. At the end of Mark there also is some chapters from the book of John which are intimate to my reading.  The blue in these writings are always my words to God. So you can start today by reading the book of Mark. It is right here under your nose.

Don’t read the Bible from the first page to the end. It consists of many books. Start with the book of John.  I will see if I can find a year planner or you can do it yourself on the internet.  I suggest you always finish one book before starting another book. Get in to one book at a time.

My new year prayer for you is that God will bless you and that His will be done in your life.  May you love the Lord your God with all of your heart and with all of your soul and with all of your might.

Glenda Kemp: To find out where I come from and who I was click 'about' tab. To know more about my life now, click on 'Diary' tab. To know about the book that is soon to be published on my life, click the 'Book' tab.
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