“But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of,
knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have
known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation
through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is given by inspiration
of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction,
for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be
complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
~II Timothy 3:14-17
Go Deep… When I was growing up in a small Southern Oregon town, the kids in my neighborhood would regularly gather in the street in front of my house. There we would play some of the best football games on the planet—better than even the Super Bowl! Street football—skinned knees, bruised elbows, bragging rights (at least for that day) and tons of fun! Man, there was nothing like it!
The favorite play called in the huddle, was, of course, “go deep!” Forget about short yardage running plays or screen passes, we wanted the glory, paydirt, “tud-down!”, our name for a touchdown So just about every play was “go deep!” I’m telling you, that’s the way football at every level ought to be played.
I want to go deep this year in God, don’t you? I don’t want to splash around in the shallows or wade around in the wimpy water near the shore, I want to get into the depths of God like never before. Do you want to join me?
If you do, then I know of no greater practice for going deep with God than through the daily practice of Bible study—reading, meditating, journaling, and praying the Scriptures. That spiritual practice will contribute to your growth as a believer and your entrance into the deep things of God like nothing else. It’s as simple as that.
If you want to mature in your faith, morph into greater Christlikeness, deepen your knowledge of God, insulate your life from sin, enlarge your Kingdom effectiveness, increase your spiritual power, develop life skills for the daily challenges you face, and live in the blessing zone of God’s favor, you’ve got to be in God’s Holy Word on a regular, if not daily, basis.
I hope and pray that you will join me in 2010 as we “go deep” in God through the daily reading of his Word. To help us along the way, I have provided two creative reading options that you can access on the upper panel of this page by clicking on the 2010 Bible Reading Plan.
Check them out—I think they are pretty cool. Personally, I am choosing Option 1. And just a note about the content of my raynoah.com blog over the next 12 months: The devotional postings will be based on my Monday reading of the Law section, and my weekend reading of the New Testament sections. So there you go—two blogs a week. If I get really inspired, I’ll periodically post an additional blog based on my weekly reading in the other sections of this plan.
Of course, you can choose your own Bible reading plan, but no matter what you do, choose to read God’s Word in 2010. By the way, there is no greater act of faith, obedience and yes, even worship, than to devote yourself to “rightly dividing the Word of truth.” (II Timothy 2:15)
Now That’s Going Deep… The great twentieth century American preacher A.W. Tozer said, “The Word of God well understood and religiously obeyed is the shortest route to spiritual perfection. And we must not select a few favorite passages to the exclusion of others. Nothing less than a whole Bible can make a whole Christian.”