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.”