Habits of Holiness: #1- Working in God’s Word

09 Apr

Imagine that I went to my doctor yesterday and he said that I only had six months to live. [I didn’t, so don’t panic!]. But imagine that I received that kind of news. What would I do for the next six months? How would my life change? What priorities would take center stage in my life? How would such news impact my relationship with others — my unsaved friends, my fellow Christians, my wife, my children and grandchildren?

I’ve been going through the book of Ephesians through email with a good friend in New Jersey. In Ephesians 5 we read, “Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.” No one needs to prove that these are evil days, do they?

If I want to live these last six months as wise, not as unwise, then I need to make the most of every opportunity! So I will be using the next few posts as the chance for me to think out loud. What spiritual disciplines ought I to practice as I get ready for the next life?

The first holy habit that occurs to me is investing myself in God’s Word! What am I doing with the Bible on my desk? For me the question is what am I doing with the Bible I can access in a nano-second on my laptop ((

Here’s where having a daily blog really helps me stay in the Word! I’ve committed myself to writing a post everyday, so the discipline of spending time in the Word is going pretty well. I would encourage everyone to start their own blog (it’s free at — and you don’t have to worry if anybody else reads it! It’s for you. And the Lord, of course.

I enjoy studying a book of the Bible for several weeks or writing a series of preliminary sermon outlines (such as my study of Titus from the perspective of the spiritually healthy family). I know I should do more unit-reading of the Scriptures (this refers to reading through an entire book of the Bible at one sitting. Quite useful for 65 out of 66 books — not recommended for the book of Psalms!).

Mind if I give you an assignment? Unit-read a book of the Bible and write down which book you read in the comments section below. Deal?


Posted by on April 9, 2019 in spiritual disciplines


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2 responses to “Habits of Holiness: #1- Working in God’s Word

  1. Anonymous

    April 9, 2019 at 5:16 am

    Reading 1 John now, just finished 100 questions from Galatians at a home Bible study. Love to study and to encourage others to study as well.
    Dave B

  2. Dr. Larry Dixon

    April 9, 2019 at 7:53 am

    Thanks, Dave B. May the Lord encourage you today! Larry


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