The new year is upon us, OSA family! As such, we have released our newly updated 2024 OSA Bible Reading Plan (scroll to the bottom of this page to download!). God’s word is “…a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” (Ps. 119:105) and for that light of Christ to shine brightly not just in our own hearts, but into the darkness of our nation, we as individuals must be digging deep into the Scriptures daily and fill ourselves with it. Simply put, we must “bleed the Bible” if ever cut.
But it is not enough that we ourselves cultivate daily Bible reading- those around us, our families, churches, and friends must also be. It is in this sweet fellowship and communion that God has ordained true bond and community to be able to fight back against the enemy’s devices. You can’t go it alone.
Today, I want to encourage you not just to participate in this Bible reading plan, but to intentionally incorporate it into other aspects of your daily life and of those nearest to you.
Spiritual disciplines, virtues, maturity, and sanctification are at the center of this battle. We must continually be denying ourselves and being filled with the word, so that we have Christ, the light and life, to offer to a wicked and adulterous generation. After all, what else do we have to offer? “For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh.” (Rom. 7:18)
A couple of practical exhortations:
- Do not get caught up in the hype of upcoming national political news. We must indeed be involved in these spheres so as to bring Christ into conflict with their evil, but we cannot allow constantly changing events to control our thinking. Steadfast acts of obedience done in faith are what will be rewarded, not seeking catharsis.
- Consider taking time to retreat into a quiet place to find rest, or remove all social media distractions for a time before returning to this work heading into the new year. This is a great setting for meditation on the Scriptures, and especially catching back up on the reading program. I also highly suggest praying or singing through the Psalms when they come up in the plan if you are able. This has been the practice of God’s people for centuries, and is really quite easy to begin doing!
- Prepare for another chaotic year. Remember 2020? What a wild time. And yet, all indicators show that this upcoming year could be quite similar. In light of this, “Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.” (Col. 3:2) Only then will we be able to enter into Kingdom battle in a balanced and humble fashion, following in Christ’s footsteps and ushering others along in the same way.
In the Lamb,
Operation Save America
Below is attached the newly updated 2024 Bible Reading Schedule. We pray this year we will grow in the knowledge of our Lord, and apply His word to our lives.