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Chitu Okoli

Posted on Oct 21, 2008 in Rivers of Living Water

Read the Bible every day, a chapter at a time

Read the Bible every day, a chapter at a time

An open Bible with a red rose laid across it, representing the idea to read the Bible every day

The Bible is God’s love letter to us. Picture by Vortix, via Wikimedia Commons

It really is so important that we establish a habit to read the Bible every day on our own. No matter how many messages we hear or how many spiritual books we read, nothing can replace directly hearing from the Lord through His word. Even something as simple as reading one chapter a day (which takes no more than 5 to 10 minutes) will get you through the entire New Testament in just under 9 months. Reading one chapter a day will get you through the entire Bible in just three years and three months. That might seem slow, but compare how long you’ve been a Christian, and consider how many times you could have read through the New Testament or even the Bible if you had developed this habit. I’m not at all saying this to discourage anyone, but rather to encourage you that a little bit carried out consistently will go a long way in a surprisingly short amount of time. The most important technique for building consistency is to fix a regular time of day—every day—to read. If you don’t establish this, then no reading plan will work. A good time for you might be while you’re riding the metro to or from work each day, and on days you don’t use the metro, to read for five minutes once you get home in the evening. The important thing is to find an activity that you do every single day, and then read the Bible during that time. (Reading before you go to bed at night is not always a good idea, since it’s so easy to fall asleep :-).

One of my favourite Bible editions is  the Recovery Version, about which I wrote a detailed review. I’ve heard that the primary reason why people who own a Bible don’t read it often is that they find it hard to understand. The Recovery Version has many explanatory footnotes that focus on helping the reader to experience Christ as life. You can obtain a free New Testament Recovery Version:


  1. I have read the entire BIBLE three times. I have tried to read a chapter every day….there were days I missed…one, two, even three at a time…. I did not read to catch up by reading two, three chapters to “catch up”, …. I would realize I had not read and would just read ONE chapter….and I got the same warm and wonderful feeling I always got. But that is because “I know that HE knows”…..and, really, if you know HIM, that’s e’nuff!!!!!!

    • Your comment “I know that He knows,” was what struck me. I am on the face of this earth to encourage others. So when the LORD got my attention with that phrase He said to encourage you with His words in Jeremiah 29:11, “I KNOW the plans I have for you.” Folks wanna know the plans right away. But maybe we should just wait. Why? Because he said, “I know. ” We can wait on him, can’t we? Waddya think?

      • Yes! Well said

    • Absolutely!

    • AMEN

  2. Please sent a chapter daily by email. India

    • I don’t have the infrastructure to do that, but I recommend It lets you customize your Bible reading plan and sends daily reminders.

  3. I’d really like to read the bible one chapter at a time hope you can send it to my email above

  4. Good morning, PLEASE send me each day the Chapter to read so I can be about My Fathers business. I’m SO looking forward to THIS Journey. AMEN

  5. In 1979 God revealed for me to read one chapter a day from Gen 1 through to Revelation 22. After completing the first reading I learnt that if required I could then read one chapter from each book in order, ( let the spirit show you which chapter) and then finish with all the book of Revelation.Several times after completing the one chapter per day, the shortened version felt right. Now 2019 this is the 12th full reading to which Ezekiel 37 is today’s reading. We live by the Word so live it through a chapter a day. Amen in Jesus’s name Amen and Amen.

  6. Yes! Well said

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