Read Through the Word
Wendy Pope

“For I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13 (NLT)

Have you ever set a goal for yourself you truly wanted to accomplish, but in your mind doubted that you would be successful? It seemed every goal I set, I would fail. My failure to meet goals would make me feel less of a person and unworthy. This had happened to me so many times I subconsciously refused to set goals. Then one day, a few years ago, I decided to accept a challenge that was made through the air waves of a local Christian radio station. The challenge was to read the entire Bible in a year. This was something I had longed to do for years but was completely afraid I would fail. Short terms goals were hard enough for me, but more manageable than a long-term goal such as this one. I felt the Lord's encouragement like I never had before. I knew this was something He wanted me to do.

Fear of failure raced through my mind, arguing with the truth that God wanted me to know His Word and use it as a light for my path. I feared that I would not understand His Word, but remembered God had given me an ear to hear and learn His instruction. I feared I would not have the discipline to complete a yearlong goal. I did not want to disappoint my Father. God reminded me that as part of my salvation I received love and self-discipline, not fear. I had almost convinced myself that it was impossible when I heard the words of Jesus saying, "With man this is impossible but with God all things are possible." I begin to feel His confidence building in me. Recounting His truths over and over, combating the lies of the enemy who wanted so desperately for me to give up, I accepted the challenge.

I shared the goal with my husband. He supported my goal by giving me a Bible with daily readings. My bookshelves were full of different Bibles with different translations. Why would I need another Bible to accomplish this goal? I asked myself.

The Bible my husband gave me was unlike any Bible I had ever seen. It was a Chronological Bible written in the New Living Translation. The format fascinated me. The Bible was written in the order in which things happened and in an easy to understand translation with daily readings that were not overwhelming. The goal was beginning to look more attainable than ever. I could not wait for the New Year to start so I could begin the challenge set before me.

With fear and trembling as well as great anticipation, I began reading through the Bible on January 1, 2006. I missed days and many times gave ear to the attempts of the enemy to make me lose sight of my goal. However, I made up the days I missed, overcame the enemy, and finished reading the Bible in 2006 … then again in 2007 … and I am on my way to completing the readings again for 2008.

I don't share this with you to receive any "atta girl" or other praise. All praise and glory go to God. I share this with you today to encourage you to read through the story of God's Word. Maybe like me, God has prompted you before, but you have left Him at bay. January 1st is not far away and the Chronological Bible I will read again in 2009 is now available through our resource center at Proverbs 31 Ministries. Will you take the challenge to know the Savior's story like never before and join in me reading through God’s Word in 2009?

Dear Lord, thank You for Your perfect gift of salvation, love, and self-discipline. I know that all things are possible with You; will You help me believe it? With the help of Your Holy Spirit's guidance, I can make Your Word a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Related Resources:
Do You Know Him?

The One Year Chronological Bible

God the Builder-Audio CD by Wendy Pope

Visit Wendy Pope’s blog to hear more about reading the Bible in a year.

Application Steps:
Commit to reading through God's Word in 2009. Through prayer and today's power verse, overcome your doubts and the enemy’s attempts to convince you this goal is unattainable.

Purchase the Chronological Bible early, and begin to pray about completing this goal … become empowered to accomplish the goal in 2009.

Do I fear setting goals? Why or why not?

Do I truly believe all things are possible through Christ? Explain.

Power Verses:
Isaiah 50:4b, "He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being taught." (NIV)

© 2008 by Wendy Pope. All rights reserved.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

How wonderful that you have been successful in the reading the Bible through. Thank you for sharing your husband's idea about the chronological Bible. I plan to get one and read it through too. Your struggle is so similar to mine. I have been listening to the Bible on tape and cd every day but I am really interested in reading it chronologically. If there is anything satan wants to do is keep us from reading God's holy Word.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing your story. I am an avid reader, and have recently been convicted for ignoring the one book that I should be reading. I too will purchase this book (soon) and pray over it until the first of the year. God knows my heart, and with his help I will get through it next year. Thanks for the inspiration.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for todays word! I too have wanted to read gods'-the whole bible through, however i have failed many times. I have not even read gods' consistantley ever day!"God help me implimint reading your holy words daily and also be able to read your Holy Bible daily until I finish the entire book. thanks! In your sons name i pray.Amen and Amen." May we all be richley blessed by reading His word. ksn.

Blogger Sally Ferguson said...

Our church read thru the Chronological Bible together. It makes such a difference when you know someone is working toward the goal with you!

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just got my Bible. I can't wait to start the new year with this goal! May God bless everyone willing to this too!

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I too have wanted to read thru my Bible completely; and I have a chronological Bible too. One day I felt the Lord say to me that I don't have to be so hard on myself if I do not read every day's part completely if it meant holding on to some false guilt that made me just want to give up. I came to the conclusion that my pace could be slower; that I could read a portion of a day - or 2 days worth. To God it does not matter. What He wants me to do is to read it so I get what it is He wants me to HEAR! Then I stop, meditate, & give thanks! It may take me more than a year to read thru the whole Bible, but I will still read it entirely ... and at a pace God will not shame me for! For busy mom's this method can be very freeing! Free from guilt but still reaching the goal...

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