Pastor Ray Stewart here, and by now, I hope there are many of you who have taken up the challenge of reading through the Bible in 52 Weeks! Biblically speaking, the number 40 is the number of testing, and it is said that it takes 40 days to form a habit. My prayer is that the Lord will magnify in you a heart attitude that truly desires to read His Word. This cannot be just an exercise in reading—you must allow what God has written to pierce your heart.
God’s Word is one of His methods for shaping and molding you into the image of Christ. If this becomes just a reading project alone, all you will gain is information that may “puff you up” with knowledge. The real challenge is to allow what you read in the Bible to be used by God to “create in you a clean heart” that is determined to serve Him. In this way, as you put His Word into practice, God will allow circumstances and situations to mold you into the image of Christ.
We are very happy you made the decision to read the entire bible, and we will be praying for you! Should you have any questions about anything that you read along the way, I am personally available to any questions or concerns you may have. Feel free to reach out to me at 816.304.3823.
Wishing you a new year enriched by the Word of God!