Implementing the Plan

Our plan will not succeed unless we rely on God to enable us to carry out the plan. Pray for His enabling and then put your nose to the grindstone! Psalm 37:5 tells us to, “Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass.” The working out of our faith hinges entirely on internalizing Scripture. We need to read it, think on it, apply it and obey it. Just reading will not cut it. Here are some ideas and tools that you can use to get the most out of God’s Word. First, pray for understanding. Next, use or get some tools. Our Daily Bread, Days of Praise are helpful. They are available in print and online free. A Bible dictionary and concordance are very helpful. Also, a good down-to-earth commentary. None of these replace the actual text but can help us understand the text. You need to be in a place where it is quiet and you can concentrate. Try for four chapters a day. That is a good goal. Try for 10, in books like the Psalms. This allows you to read the Bible through in a year and even allows a little latitude if you should be too ill to read. (Incidentally, you can listen to the Bible on tape or CDs, if you have reading limitations). Later, you may want to take longer for a more in-depth study. (If you need a check-off chart, let me know and I can E-Mail you one). It helps some of us to see a printed record of accomplishment. No matter what, keep at it! If you get off track, the devil will try to discourage you and suggest that you just can’t do it. Don’t let him make you his victim. Start right in again. Eventually you will master the discipline, with God’s enabling. Don’t forget, study of God’s Word is a command, not simply a good idea. “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth” (II Timothy 2:15). Selah! Eventually, your testimony will be: “O how I love Thy Law! It is my meditation all the day” (Psalm 119:97). “Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” (Psalm 119:105).   Ron

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