If you could do something TODAY that would impact the rest of your life – would you try it? Ephesians 1:11 (Msg) tells us; “It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ…he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone.”
Because of HIS thoughts about us, in order to know what our next move is, we must know what HIS next move is for us, HIS WORD says in [Isaiah 55:11 -NIV]. “… So is my word that goes out from my mouth: it will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”
What does this really mean? Well, you must be convinced that God has your future under control. Then, you must realize that you must make a connection with HIM. We make a connection by spending a little bit of quiet time with HIM each day. Once you’re convinced that a daily quiet time is necessary for your personal growth and change, and then you must simply start where you are setting aside a time each day to spend with God. So, how do you go about having one? You may be motivated to do it but may not know how.
You need to consider four essentials elements of a good quiet time:
- Start with the proper attitudes.
- Select a specific time.
- Choose a special place.
- Follow a simple plan.
I can give you a simple plan – listening to or reading the Bible, daily Reading Verses & Declarations, but you have to commit to doing the rest. The goal is that as the WORD states in Psalms 119:11, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee”
So, this lets us know that we have to get more of THE WORD! If you could read or listen to the Bible everyday for 40 days – Would it IMPACT your life? “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” [Romans 10:17]
With a DAILY PLAN – anyone can take the time to know God’s Word personally! The Bible was always “HEARD.” God intended for His people to “Hear” the Word regularly. Hearing is referred to 1230 times while reading is referred to only 76 times and most of those references are related to reading aloud for others to hear.
How about YOU? Do you have a love for God’s Word? Where are you in your relation with God through faith? Would you like to have more faith? Perhaps you need daily faith? II Corinthians 5:7 “For we walk by faith not by sight.”
How can you have more faith? Romans 10:17 No one can have faith without hearing the message about Christ. Most people would appreciate a fresh new touch from God. So, we get it by hearing THE WORD! During this consecration, we challenge you to listen to God’s Word (28) minutes a day for (40) days.
Wow! That might seem like a lot, but really anyone can take the time…
Ask yourself if you have time by answering the following questions:
□ Do you watch at least 28 minutes of TV a day?
□ Do you drive or commute 28 minutes or more a day? The average American spends 2 ½ hours a day in the car. The #1 most requested option on new cars today is an MP3 Compatible CD player.
□ Do you listen to music while getting ready for work?
□ How much time do you spend dressing every morning?
□ Do you eat? How about eating lunch… 30 minutes?
□ Do you have an MP3 player, an iPod or a computer? 85% of Adults in America have a computer. The #1 most requested Christmas gift was an iPhone or iPad or iPod.
If you answered YES to at least ONE, YOU HAVE TIME! If you listened to the Bible for 28 minutes of this time a day, you would go through the New Testament every 40 days.
Will YOU take the Challenge to listen or read through the entire New Testament in (40) days?
- Deuteronomy 31:9-13 – Moses commands all to HEAR the whole Book of the Law
- [II Kings 22:23] – King Josiah had God’s Word read to the people
- Jesus told stories – The Gospels
It is through hearing the Word of God daily that your life is transformed into the image of Jesus Christ.
So…TAKE THE CHALLENGE!!! Read through or listen to the entire New Testament in 40 days… just 28 minutes a day!
Read the Word so that you can increase in all aspects of your LIFE! At home, in your car, on your computer – even while you exercise! Then, Believe God’s Word to change your Spirit, Soul and Body!
So, if you could do something TODAY that would impact the rest of your life – would you try it? Remember Ephesians 1:11 (Msg) tells us, “It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ…he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone.”
Let’s start our challenge!
Daily Reading Verses & Declarations
Our purpose is to refresh our spirits and put to remembrance the foundational and fundamental principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ our Lord. Each day will present a truth that will enlighten our understanding and encourage us to seek the Lord while He may be found in the written and spoken word. Through hearing of the Word, prayers, and declarations, we will experience God in a most awesome way. We shall witness our ministry, families, relationships, and community change as we trust God with our whole hearts and apply the principles of the word in our everyday lives.
Decree Each Day
Day 01: As I seek God’s plan and purpose for my life, I shall have everything I need. [Matthew 6:33]
Day 02: I am free from false burdens because I have given them to the Lord. [Matt. 11:28-29]
Day 03: I give my life to Christ that He may live through me. [Matthew 16:25-26]
Day 04: The word of God in me is infinite and life everlasting. [Matthew 24:35]
Day 05: As I give myself to prayer, temptation shall not have dominion over me. [Matthew 26:41]
Day 06: I commit my ears to hear the word so I will increase in substance. [Mark 4:24]
Day 07: I believe God’s word; therefore, I have what I ask and stand for in prayer. [Mark 11:22-25]
Day 08: I love God with my whole heart, soul, and mind. [Mark 12:30]
Day 09: As I grow in the word, I become strong in spirit and filled with wisdom. [Luke 2:40]
Day 10: I give with my whole heart; therefore nothing is withheld from me. [Luke 6:38]
Day 11: The blood of Jesus gives me power over the enemy. He no longer controls me. [Luke 10:19]
Day 12: As I trust and believe God nothing is too hard or impossible with Him. [18:27]
Day 13: My faith shall not fail. Christ our great intercessor has prayed for me. [Luke 22:32]
Day 14: God loved me so much He gave his best to redeem my life from destruction. [John3:16]
Day 15: I believe on the Lord Jesus; therefore I have everlasting life. [John 6:47]
Day 16: I know the voice of my shepherd and a stranger I will not follow. [John 10:4]
Day 17: I am chosen and ordained to go forth and bring in souls that shall remain. [John15:16]
Day 18: I testify of what I’ve seen and heard by the power of the Holy Spirit living in me. [Acts 4:20]
Day 19: The Holy Spirit in me is the witness and demonstration of our Lord Jesus Christ. [Acts 5:32]
Day 20: As I grow in the Word of God, everything will multiply in my life. [Acts 12:25]
Day 21: God who made the world gives life, and breath, and all things to us. [Acts 17:24-25]
Day 22: Since God raised Christ from the dead, all things are possible to me. [Acts 26:8]
Day 23: I am not ashamed of the gospel. It is the power of God that frees me. [Romans 1:16]
Day 24: My sufferings are nothing compared to the glory that shall be revealed in me. [Rom. 8:18]
Day 25: I do not pattern after this world because my mind is being transformed daily. [Rom. 12:2]
Day 26: All God has prepared for me is revealed by his Spirit that searches all things. [1 Cor. 29-10
Day 27: God’s love never fails; therefore, I love at all times and in all situations. [1 Cor. 13:8]:
Day 28: The trials I encounter are working a far more exceeding weight of glory in me. [2 Cor. 4:17]
Day 29: God’s grace is sufficient and gives opportunity for His power to rest upon me. [2 Cor. 12:9]
Day 30: I am standing in the freedom of Christ and will not allow bondages to entrap me. [Gal. 5:1]
Day 31: I will do what God has called me to do without murmuring and complaining. [Phil. 2:14]
Day 32: I will be joyful, pray continually, and give thanks in all circumstances. [1 Thess. 5:10]
Day 33: I will guard what God has entrusted and deposited in me by the Holy Spirit. [2 Tim. 1:13-14]
Day 34: My heart shall not turn away from God and I will encourage others daily. [Heb. 3:12-13]
Day 35: I am disciplined by God who is equipping me to be a son/daughter. [Heb 12:7]
Day 36: God’s divine power has given me everything I need for life and godliness. [2 Peter 1:5]
Day 37: The works of the devil are destroyed in my life because of Jesus Christ. [1 John 3:8]
Day 38: God has set before me an open door that no man can close. I walk thru it now. [Rev. 3:8]
Day 39: I overcome the enemy by the Blood of the Lamb and word of my testimony. [Rev. 12:11]
Day 40: I am blessed because I keep the prophecy of this book. [Rev. 22:7]
Your 40 – Day Bible Reading Plan
Day 01 Matthew – Chapters 1 – 7
Day 02 Matthew – Chapters 8 – 12
Day 03 Matthew – Chapters 13 – 18
Day 04 Matthew – Chapters 19 – 24
Day 05 Matthew – Chapters 25 – 28
Day 06 Mark – Chapters 1 – 6
Day 07 Mark – Chapters 7 – 11
Day 08 Mark – Chapters 12 – 16
Day 09 Luke – Chapters 1 – 4
Day 10 Luke – Chapters 5 – 9
Day 11 Luke – Chapters 10 – 13
Day 12 Luke – Chapters 14 – 19
Day 13 Luke – Chapters 20 – 24
Day 14 John – Chapters 1 – 5
Day 15 John – Chapters 6 – 9
Day 16 John – Chapters 10 – 14
Day 17 John – Chapters 15 – 19
Day 18 John 20 – Acts 4
Day 19 Acts – Chapters 5 – 9
Day 20 Acts – Chapters 10 – 15
Day 21 Acts – Chapters 16 – 20
Day 22 Acts – Chapters 21 – 26
Day 23 Acts 27 – Romans 4
Day 24 Romans – Chapters 5 – 10
Day 25 Romans 11 – I Corinthians 1
Day 26 I Corinthians – Chapters 2 – 9
Day 27 I Corinthians – Chapters 10 – 15
Day 28 1 Corinthians 16 – II Corinthians 9
Day 29 II Corinthians 10 – Galatians 4
Day 30 Galatians 5 – Philippians 1
Day 31 Philippians 2 – I Thessalonians 2
Day 32 I Thessalonians 3 – I Timothy 5
Day 33 I Timothy 6 – Hebrews 1
Day 34 Hebrews – Chapters 2 – 10
Day 35 Hebrews 11 – James 5
Day 36 I Peter 1 – I John 1
Day 37 I John 2 – Jude
Day 38 Revelation – Chapters 1 – 7
Day 39 Revelation – Chapters 8 – 15
Day 40 Revelation – Chapters 16 – 22
“Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” [Romans 10:17]