What we are in private, we are in truth. Our inward man is a direct reflection of our inward love.
We need the gospel daily, and by grace, our Lord has appointed means for us to grow in faith and to put to death our flesh.
The axe has been laid to the root — and by the discipline of Scriptural intake, we sharpen the blade that will strike the root of our unbelief and lingering lusts that cling so closely.
We need to read the Word, and read it well.
It is a new month. Perhaps you feel a need to rekindle a love for Christ, a fresh view of the glory of God.
It is never too late to start again, or start for the first time, unpacking the treasure of the Scriptures. When we know God, we will worship Him.
And our God is infinitely worthy of your enjoying, treasuring, and worshipping of Him.
Below are some helpful, private devotional ideas that will equip and sharpen the axe of grace wielded by the Spirit to put our sin to death.
Helpful Bible Reading Plans
May God grow your love for Him and increase the fear of Him in our hearts:
- Wisdom for the Day: Read one chapter of Proverbs per day, finish the whole book in a month (31 chapters). Pick a verse, meditate on it to increase your fear of the Lord.
- The Psalter: Read five chapters from the book of Psalms per day, and finish the entire book in a month; these are the songs of our Savior.
- The Law of the Lord (Psalm 119): This Psalm is sweeter than honey. And at 176 verses, you can follow the Hebrew alphabet acrostic. Read the 22 sections (8 verses each) for 22 days. And for the final eight days reread 22 verses per day. Thereby mining the treasure trove of Psalm 119 twice in a month, first in small, then in great.
- New Testament Summit: the entire New Testament has 260 chapters. By steadfast devotion and discipline, you can ascend through the entirety in 26 days at ten chapters per day (leaving you room for four days of catch-up).
- The Romans Road: the most important letter ever written was Paul’s letter to the church at Rome. This massive theological feast can be consumed twice in a month by reading a chapter a day while reading chapters 15 and 16 together.
- Ephesians Gold: the book of Ephesians may be one of the deepest and most practical books of the New Testament; theology is given legs in this letter. Ephesians is only 6 chapters long. A chapter a day will help you to travel through this book five times in a month.