As a sister, we don’t have speaking appointments to work towards or studies that we present in the same way that brothers do. There are no built-in goals to direct our personal study, and I will admit that I have personally struggled to find consistent ways to be purposeful in Bible study.
With this in mind, we are excited to introduce our new series – Bible Reading Journals! These journals will align with one of the current daily Bible readings, and provide some direction for a daily mini study for a deeper understanding of God’s word and gems to meditate, talk, and pray about.
We also want to kick start this Bible Reading Journal series with a Bible Reading Challenge! Download this two week Bible Reading template to track your reading and studying. Included on the challenge template is a column for something you want to share with a friend, and something you want to pray about. Find a friend to do the Bible study challenge with – a Malachi316 friend! You can “speak often one to another” about what you are studying, and hold each other accountable to keep going.
The first journal is Lamentations by Julie S. (published today in a separate post). Print it off, and be ready to start the challenge this Friday when the Lamentations readings come up! The next journal, God willing will be in installments aligning with the Luke readings.
God wants us to know His word because…
It is the sword of the spirit to withstand evil (Ephesians 6:17)
It can discern the thoughts and intents of the heart (Hebrews 4:12)
It is a seed that is sown (Luke 8:11)
It gives light and understanding (Psalm 119:130)
It accomplishes God’s purpose (Isaiah 55:11)
It is like a fire and a hammer that breaks rock (Jeremiah 23:29)
It is spiritual food (living bread) (Luke 4:4)
It works in those who believe (1 Thess 2:13)
We are born again by the word (1 Peter 1:23)
With it God smites the earth (Isaiah 11:4)
With it God rules the nations (Revelation 19:15)
It produces faith (Romans 10:17)
It can overcome the wicked one (1 John 2:14)
It makes us holy (Numbers 15:40)
By it we understand righteousness, judgement,and equity (Proverbs 2:9)
It delivers from evil (Proverbs 2:12)
It brings peace (Isaiah 48:18)
It is a lamp to our feet (Psalm 119:105)
It is the joy and rejoicing of the heart (Jer 15:16)
It is truth (John 17:17)