Accountability Partners

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I struggle with sticking to a regular Bible study.  I often am “too busy” or I just plain forget.  But what is that saying of me?  That school or work or hanging out with friends is more important than God.  My priorities are a tad askew when those excuses are my reasoning for not spending time in the word.  I have time to watch a movie with my family but “don’t have time” to read a chapter of the Bible?  I remember to grab dinner with a friend but “forget” to seek God’s face?  Something sounds wrong there…

Recently, I started reading through the Bible with a friend from church.  We’re holding each other accountable weekly.  I find this is helpful to me.  We plan to meet up a couple times a month to talk about what God is teaching us that month.  It’s a wonderful way of encouraging myself to stick to a study plan.

I did the same thing a few weeks ago with some a few people from my Bible study class at church.  We memorized Isaiah 53.  We would memorize 4 verses a week and then test each other on them.  If you struggle with staying consistent in Bible reading or memorizing, I would definitely encourage an accountability partner.

My friends also hold me accountable in other areas of my life.  I trust them and am able to share my struggles.  They pray for me and also check up on me to see how I’m doing with particular sins/issues I’m struggling with.  Find someone who you can also encourage in their walk.  As Romans 1:12 says: “that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith.”

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