The importance of the Word of God in our lives is unarguably vital in our walk with God and yet it can be such a struggle to read the Word of God on a daily basis. For an astonishing multitude the Bible is not relevant or held to in life.
I have been impressed how many times in the book of Revelation it states of the saints who suffered and overcame, did so because they held to the “Word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ” (Rev. 1:2; 1:9; 6:9; 12:11; 20:4;). We are to hold on to both – not just where we possess the realness of God in our lives (i.e., the testimony of Jesus Christ “in us” (Colossians 1:27)) but also we are to hold to the Word of God.
It states in Ephesians how Christ who loves the church and gave himself for it, did so “that he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word” (Ephesians 5:26). The Word of God is like water. As we are “washed” by it, it cleans us up – our minds, our hearts and our wills. Jesus said in John 15:3, “Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.” As Jesus began to wash his disciple’s feet (feet are a picture of our will), Peter protested; to which Jesus told him in John 13:8, “…If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me.” You see, as we walk in this life and in this world our feet/our wills get defiled like the disciples’…and Jesus knows this. Like Peter, we need to see our need to let Jesus do as he will and wash our feet…or else we have no part with him.
Because we are beginning a new year I would like to make available a Bible reading schedule should you desire it for your own use. The schedule will take you through the Word of God in a year. You will read a little of the Old & New Testaments, and smaller portions of Psalms & Proverbs each day.
May Jesus wash our feet together with the Water of His Word and also, in these last days as the saints in Revelation, for us to hold to the “Word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ” which he has given us.
Love in Christ!