"Till I come, give attention to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine."

The inspired words of the Apostle Paul as recorded in I Timothy 4:13, NKJV

 

How honest are you? How courageous? How diligent? The reason I ask these questions is that I want to challenge you in the next thirty days to read the New Testament all the way through. It will take you about one hour a day for these thirty days, so you will have to be diligent and committed to the task, or don't even try. Some of the passages will challenge what you already believe, preconceived notions that may have their roots in generations of misunderstanding. So if you do not have the courage of your convictions, don't even start.

 

And, there will be parts of the Gospel that absolutely contradict the very core of the doctrine of some, so if you are not honest enough with yourself to at least admit the possibility that you might have been wrong in some of your beliefs, then don't even dare to pick up the Holy Bible:

 

The Word of God is simply not for the slothful, for the cowardly, or for the dishonest in heart.

 

But if you are different, or if you wish to live differently than you have, then commit to God that you will read the New Testament through in the next thirty days.

 

And after that challenge, I'll have an even better (and more difficult) one for you.

 

One last thought: I have read through the Bible at least twice a year for some years now. I don't say that to boast, because as a preacher, I have been well paid to do so. I have also had hundreds of Bible studies through the years, with hundreds of honest souls who wanted to find out what God's word commanded for their lives. The reason I tell you that is so you might understand this: Whenever I sit down to read the Word in private or to study the Word with others, my commitment is the same: If I find within the Scriptures that I have been mistaken in something, then I am going to change. And I am going to encourage others to change. Even if it were to cost me my well paid job!

 

No matter how old we are, we don't know how many more years God will give any one of us here on earth. But, we do know this: We want to be in Heaven with our Lord and Savior for all eternity. It is critical, therefore, if we find our understanding has been wrong for us to change because God will not! We are not here on this planet to be perceived as being right when we are wrong. We are here to serve God in His way. We are here to find His will and do it. We are on our way to Heaven, so we have to make sure.

 

Do you have thirty days to do something really significant in your life? Then take up this thirty-day challenge. It will change your life!

 

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved. A workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth."

II Timothy, 2:15, NIV

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