Is your resolve to establish new habits fading?
At the beginning of the year did you resolve to make changes that would transform your physical body or health? While that is good, there can be no more life-changing effort than establishing a habit of daily Bible study.
When you spend time in God’s Word every day, He will meet you there! A daily diet of Scripture will refresh your spirit, give you encouragement, and help you grow closer to God throughout the year. You will also find practical wisdom for your life.
At Precept, our goal is to provide you with the tools you need to make God’s Word a daily part of your life. Maybe you didn’t get off to a good start in January. So what? Start now!
Take the 31-Day Bible Challenge by reading a chapter of Proverbs every day.
Set aside a special place and time every day, (get out your mobile device right now and set up a daily recurring appointment, with an alarm, beginning March 1st and remember to spend time in prayer as well. Proverbs is a great place to start establishing the habit of God’s Word. It is full of practical wisdom for your life—from advice on finances to how to treat others to avoiding evil.
Here are a few tips for getting the most out of your daily Proverbs reading:
- Watch for repetition in the text. Repeated ideas or words identify the subjects and the context of the passage. When the author repeats himself, it is on purpose. He is making a point. Mark key words and their synonyms in Proverbs. We suggest a simple shape or color. It doesn’t need to be fancy or have a special meaning, just keep it simple. The following are just some you will want to note, and there are others: Wisdom, Fool, Evil, Wicked, Tongue, God or Lord, The righteous, The unrighteous, Parenting, Finances, Success, Relationships.
- In a journal, list the topics you find. As you read, keep a running list of what you learn about the subjects or topics.
- Look for and mark contrasts. Notice what is being contrasted. For example, wisdom versus the fool, generosity versus stinginess, joy versus anger, love versus lust, and diligence versus laziness. Mark the Lord’s response to each.
- Note action terms in Proverbs, things we should or should not do—the pursuit of wisdom, parenting, how to handle finances, how to treat others.
If you accept this challenge, persevere. It won’t be easy, but make a commitment to God and yourself to follow through. Good habits are hard to establish, but worth it. The 31-Day Bible Challenge can change your life! Let us know you will be joining the 31-Day Bible Challenge and we will encourage you along the way.
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Looking for a more in-depth study of the book of Proverbs? God’s Answers for Today’s Problems is a 13-week study that takes about 20 minutes a day.