The best thing you can do in the New Year is read your Bible. To help yourself to keep up with the reading, you should have a plan to follow that will help you to read through the whole Bible. If you read two or three chapters a day starting with Genesis, you should finish the Bible in a year or two.
Another nice way to read the Bible is to divide it into 6 parts. The books of Moses beginning with Genesis, the books of Old Testament history beginning with Joshua, the books of poetry beginning with Job, the books of prophecy beginning with Isaiah. The Gospels beginning with Matthew, and the rest of the New Testament beginning with Acts. The idea behind this method is to read a chapter from each section every day. You will end up re-reading some parts as you work to complete other parts. The beauty of this method is that you get a quicker overview of the whole Bible. You will also see how the whole Bible was written to work together to give you understanding of God.
If you would like to consider other methods, look here.
Let me give you some suggestions that should help you learn more from your Bible reading. As you read, look for information about God. Look for descriptions of Him, pay attention to what He does and how He works through people, find His promises and see how He is faithful to fulfil them. The Bible was given to us so that we can learn about and understand God.
Mark your Bible. At least underline verses that help you. Be careful what you use to mark with. A fine tip pen is very good, but be careful of inks that bleed as they will leave thick lines and go through the paper. I like coloured pencils. I use the following colours to mark certain kinds of verses: red for warnings or things I should not do, green for things I should do, yellow for promises and blessings, purple for statements that describe God or reveal the deity of Jesus Christ, and blue for general statements that are good to remember. I use other colours as well to mark key words in different books, but the colours mentioned are the main ones. The colours make your Bible colourful, and they can also help you find verses.
I will be adding to the Bible study section at the top. I will put in helps for reading the different books of the Bible. I’ll start with Genesis and Exodus. If you want help with other books, just let me know, and I’ll put some information there that can help you.
As you read, expect to read things that bring joy to your heart, things that help your understanding, things that you do not understand at all, things that prick your heart and show you your sin, things that make you upset. Whatever you read today, keep reading your Bible tomorrow and the next day. As you read, ask the Lord to help you see Him more clearly and to see yourself more clearly. Ask Him to help you give Him more control of your life. As you read, you will understand more. As you do what you understand you should do, you will understand more of God’s truth.
For the word of God is living and active
and sharper than any two-edged sword,
and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
How can a young man keep his way pure?
By keeping it according to Your word.
With all my heart I have sought You;
Do not let me wander from Your commandments.
Your word I have treasured in my heart,
That I may not sin against You.
How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,
Nor stand in the path of sinners,
Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!
But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
And behold, I am coming quickly.
Blessed is he who heeds the words of the prophecy of this book.