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DAILY BIBLE READING FOR THE HUNGRY INTRODUCTION

This aggressive schedule for feasting on Scripture has been developed to counter the world’s aggressive exclusion of God and His Word. Though we love Jesus and want to know Him, we are affected daily by the spiritual rebellion against Him and much of that influence is not resisted because we have not “entered the Data” – installed the full version of the Software, His Living Book. One of the signs that a person has truly been born and immersed into the Life of Jesus is an insatiable appetite to read the text version of that Life. Those of us, acquaintance, friend or family, who have entered Life with Jesus are the Catalysts, equippers who must make sure the newly twice-born are provided with that staple of their new life, along with the relationship that encourages and engages with them in the that expedition. We are now integrated parts of His physical body, so that He, the Word made flesh, is made flesh in us so that, in us, He can walk among the people He puts us with.

The first step is to swallow the Book whole in a continuous determined action, broken only by the actual duties and required activities of the day. This is crucial before “studying” the Bible which will only install spots of light on islands of isolated Truths. Therefore, the newborn’s perception is broken up, leaving them vulnerable. To make sure the Holy Spirit has access to our heart and we intuitively see the Light as a whole, we must have the Data entered which provides a continuity of Reality in the back of our minds. That backdrop gives Him the freedom, even without our notice, to whisper His invitation to those around us by the Spirit, even in simply passing, by the way we move and interact with them. This installation grows, clarifies and deploys His disposition in our skin. If you don’t want to be “retarded” ;o), swallow the Book whole – first – and be the catalyst for the ones who enter behind you. THAT’S STEP ONE. Then…

Daily Bible for the Hungry, or just the HUNGRY BIBLE read-think-respond schedule is designed for those who desire to actually read and digest more scripture than most yearly, through-the-Bible schedules. The determination to expand the feeding on God’s Word comes from our desire to know God more intimately. That intimacy is the faithful work of the Spirit as we daily turn the soil of our heart’s and ask Him to establish the rulership of Jesus over areas of life that only He can reach.

This HUNGRY BIBLE schedule is the result of our need to read more and in varying combinations. During those years of development, we were astounded to see the new vistas into God’s mind and the amazing continuity which appeared when reading both Testaments together, as well as His obvious coordination of the other resources we would read to each other.

Following The Hungry Bible Reader will take the hungry reader through the
• Old Testament once:
   including Song Of Solomon x 2 and Proverbs x 3.
• New Testament four times:
   Each of the 4 times begins with one of the four Gospels,
then closes the year with all the Gospels x 3,
another time through Romans and
one last time through the Gospel of John.
There are special readings for Valentine’s Day, Leap Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve.

Hungry Bible Reader is designed to train the reader
• to listen for God’s voice,
• to acknowledge what He is pointing to in the reader’s heart that He wants to transform and
• to answer His call to go out of ourselves into Him in that particular muscle-memory in our nature.
• to document the particular scriptures that jumped out of the page through which He was speaking to you.


The idea is to incite and train you to concentrate on listening to the Spirit as the alive, powerful Book of God is read outloud and boil it down into the core message He is emphasizing to you today. To model that, I’ve titled each day with a core message that the Spirit pointed out to me as I worked through the development of the schedule. As the Book is read and heard, a message the Lord is emphasizing to you will become clear. That message should be concisely articulated in a short title phrase in your notes. Clearly, the optimum result will come from 2 or more people, each reading sequential chapter aloud to each other, so that all will begin to see the panorama of Scripture. As you read or listen, zoom in on the Scripture that jumped out to confirm the core message. Articulate Flash Points to trigger thoughtful meditation and establish the continuity of the Spirit’s call to action. So, once you have followed the format I distilled into the schedule and get the flow established, then invite each one who is participating aloud to write the core message they heard, mark the specific passages that were pivotal in perceiving the Spirit’s pointer, some Flash Points for meditation, then articulate the fresh perspective they heard Him call them to.

PROTOCOL – This is not “legalism.” Our God is a holy God, so we approach intimate fellowship with Him in the way His supreme holiness demands.
1. Preparation
2. Read, Listen & Perceive
3. Respond

1. Preparation.
• Clear the clutter, push back to the wall all other issues and concerns, good or bad.
• Ask for the Fire of the Spirit to cleanse mind, body, spirit to prepare a pure and holy Temple of our bodies and in the collective Body.
• Invite God, to take the center of our concentration to hear what He says, receive counsel from the Spirit of Truth and, in full trust, respond in expectant surrender and obedience -“for the joy” set before us of intimacy with and deeper immersion in Him.
2. Read Listen & Perceive is a single coordinated action which simply means pay attention. That takes concentrated practice. Remember the prize always goes to the one who runs to win. Read the daily prescribed chapters to each other, each reading a chapter in sequence. [The requirement regarding Bible version: must be an actual translation from the original manuscripts.] Listen & Perceive During the reading, mark passages that stand out, without losing the continuity of the reading. After the reading is finished, revisit those marks, each on their own, and extract the Flash Points important for collecting & establishing what the Holy Spirit has uncovered pertinent to any business He may be calling you to today. Just as a tutorial, start by practicing with my personal examples of Core Message, Core passages, Flash Points and Perspective, then step out on your own to develop the habit of the meditative flow with the active reading and listening for what God’s got on His mind between you and Him today.
3. Respond – honest & humbled, transact the business directly, intimately, outloud, on-point with Jesus, that the Holy Spirit has brought to the table as you have heard what He is saying in the context and continuity of His surgical Words. That is today’s threshold for each of us and we must go out of ourselves and through to Him, openly with those who have read and heard the same Words and will be stepping through their own unique threshold outloud, with their whole heart.

Result
The results of this daily process are infinite and eternal, certainly the portal through which we follow Him into all that He has promised, but let me just mention a few of the most powerfully transforming results. By gathering openly-verbal, thoughtfully-articulated engagement in turning over that territory of our hearts to Jesus’ rulership in our own ears as well as the others, there is established, in the physical world, the “truth” part of “in spirit and in truth,” the intention of the spirit becoming action in flesh and blood reality.

Gathering for this exclusive purpose provides:

• the challenge of thoughtful, honest articulation, daily making fresh our relationship to Jesus
• the strength of gathering to step through each of our personal thresholds together, moving as coordinated Body parts, One in Him, a single Organism.
• and liberation from the illusion of being alone by healing transparency and the joy of moving together in Him.

That’s just to mention a few.

A word about BIBLICAL MEDITATION
Unlike the pagan mind-emptying ritual, the suggestion of a passage to meditate upon is designed to establish and develop the essential habit of personal interaction with God. Rather than trying to void the mind, Biblical meditation, means we push everything that is happening aside to clear the clutter of thoughts, ask God to cleanse the temple (there is only one Cleansing Agent for the human heart) and invite Him to take His rightful place on the throne of our heart as we give Him our undivided attention. Biblical meditation explores and drinks in the thoughts and perspective originating in God and responds to Him right then and there. Many Bible scholars and commentators have written on the irreplaceable nature of this practice. As you read the Psalms, you can see that its origin is wholly founded in meditation upon God’s Word.  The most practical approach to the subject that I’ve found is in Campbell McAlpine’s little training book titled BIBLICAL MEDITATION.

A wondrous thing about reading and meditating on Scripture is that we are looking into the face of God.  Jesus is the Word of God made flesh. Why was He made flesh?  So men can see Him, touch Him, hear Him.  He wants us to know Him.  That is His own definition of the life He offers us and He says, “Come, taste and see.” “Discover and Understand.” The more we come to God and see Him through the words we read, the more trustworthy is our perception of Him.  Knowing Him is eternal life.  Believing on Him is the work that God requires of us. Doing what He says is His indescribable nature given to the physical world in us, so that men may know that HE IS. He is the light of the world. Plug your whole heart, mind, soul and strength into the Living Word and be lit.

 

To today’s Hungry Bible Reader

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