So, now we've started on our daily plan, what now? What do we do with what we read?
Have a quick look at 1 Thessalonians 2:13-14. It explains a sort of folding-out effect from getting close to God's words - starting with hearing or reading them, ending in living them out. 1 Thessalonians 2:13 lays out the in-between steps that make living the Bible possible. And they're pretty interesting:
(1) 'You received the word of God...' - that's the reading, the listening. There's no way around it. Read your Bible. (2) 'You accepted it not as a human word, but as... the word of God' - this is about recognising the value and authority of those words of God. It's so important to remember that the Bible is a Spirit-infused letter, full of God's authority and knowledge. (3) 'Which is indeed at work in you who believe' - all of that Spirit, authority and knowledge of God that's in the Bible... well, it's 'at work in you who believe'. If you read God's words and acknowledge the power of them, that power starts to work as part of your life.
Then, after the reading, the accepting, and the having-it-work-in-you, comes the action. And it comes very naturally. Once you're changed on the inside, the choice to 'live it out' should be an easy one. You'll learn the best way to act from your Bible (Jesus is a bit of a good example for that), and find yourself more ready to follow it.
So what now? Got some favourite verses? Go back to them and use the three-step process from today's reading. See something in the words that you haven't seen before?
Soulfood : Neh 1-4, Lk 21:12-24, Ps 78:17-31, Prov 23:26-28