Bible Reading Plan – August 2018

Each of the Scriptures below takes ten minutes or less to copy out. Commit to spending ten minutes each day listening to God’s voice as you simply copy these texts out of your Bible.

Psalm 119:18 (ESV)
18  Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.

August 1st 2018 — Philippians 1:21-24

Philippians 1:21-24 (ESV)
21  For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22  If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. 23  I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. 24  But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account.

August 2nd 2018 — Philippians 1:25-27

Philippians 1:25-27 (ESV)
25  Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all, for your progress and joy in the faith, 26  so that in me you may have ample cause to glory in Christ Jesus, because of my coming to you again. 27  Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel,

August 3rd 2018 — Philippians 1:28-30

Philippians 1:28-30 (ESV)
28  and not frightened in anything by your opponents. This is a clear sign to them of their destruction, but of your salvation, and that from God. 29  For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake, 30  engaged in the same conflict that you saw I had and now hear that I still have.

August 4th 2018 — Galatians 5:13-15

Galatians 5:13-15 (ESV)
13  For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. 14  For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 15  But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another.

August 5th 2018 — Galatians 5:16-18

Galatians 5:16-18 (ESV)
16  But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17  For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. 18  But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

August 6th 2018 — Galatians 5:19-21

Galatians 5:19-21 (ESV)
19  Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20  idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, 21  envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

August 7th 2018 — Galatians 5:22-26

Galatians 5:22-26 (ESV)
22  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23  gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 24  And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25  If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. 26  Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.

August 8th 2018 — Romans 7:4-6

Romans 7:4-6 (ESV)
4  Likewise, my brothers, you also have died to the law through the body of Christ, so that you may belong to another, to him who has been raised from the dead, in order that we may bear fruit for God. 5  For while we were living in the flesh, our sinful passions, aroused by the law, were at work in our members to bear fruit for death. 6  But now we are released from the law, having died to that which held us captive, so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit and not in the old way of the written code.

August 9th 2018 — Romans 7:7-8

Romans 7:7-8 (ESV)
7  What then shall we say? That the law is sin? By no means! Yet if it had not been for the law, I would not have known sin. For I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, “You shall not covet.” 8  But sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, produced in me all kinds of covetousness. For apart from the law, sin lies dead.

August 10th 2018 — Romans 7:9-12

Romans 7:9-12 (ESV)
9  I was once alive apart from the law, but when the commandment came, sin came alive and I died. 10  The very commandment that promised life proved to be death to me. 11  For sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, deceived me and through it killed me. 12  So the law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good.

August 11th 2018 — Romans 7:13-15

Romans 7:13-15 (ESV)
13  Did that which is good, then, bring death to me? By no means! It was sin, producing death in me through what is good, in order that sin might be shown to be sin, and through the commandment might become sinful beyond measure. 14  For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am of the flesh, sold under sin. 15  For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.

August 12th 2018 — Romans 7:16-20

Romans 7:16-20 (ESV)
16  Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good. 17  So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. 18  For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. 19  For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. 20  Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.

August 13th 2018 — Romans 7:21-25

Romans 7:21-25 (ESV)
21  So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. 22  For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, 23  but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. 24  Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? 25  Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.

August 14th 2018 — John 15:1-4

John 15:1-4 (ESV)
1  “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. 2  Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 3  Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. 4  Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.

August 15th 2018 — John 15:5-8

John 15:5-8 (ESV)
5  I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. 6  If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. 7  If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8  By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.

August 16th 2018 — John 15:9-14

John 15:9-14 (ESV)
9  As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. 10  If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. 11  These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full. 12  “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13  Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. 14  You are my friends if you do what I command you.

August 17th 2018 — Mark 2:15-17

Mark 2:15-17 (ESV)
15  And as he reclined at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners were reclining with Jesus and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. 16  And the scribes of the Pharisees, when they saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors, said to his disciples, “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” 17  And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”

August 18th 2018 — John 8:12-14

John 8:12-14 (ESV)
12  Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” 13  So the Pharisees said to him, “You are bearing witness about yourself; your testimony is not true.” 14  Jesus answered, “Even if I do bear witness about myself, my testimony is true, for I know where I came from and where I am going, but you do not know where I come from or where I am going.

August 19th 2018 — John 8:15-18

John 8:15-18 (ESV)
15  You judge according to the flesh; I judge no one. 16  Yet even if I do judge, my judgment is true, for it is not I alone who judge, but I and the Father who sent me. 17  In your Law it is written that the testimony of two people is true. 18  I am the one who bears witness about myself, and the Father who sent me bears witness about me.”

August 20th 2018 — John 8:19-20

John 8:19-20 (ESV)
19  They said to him therefore, “Where is your Father?” Jesus answered, “You know neither me nor my Father. If you knew me, you would know my Father also.” 20  These words he spoke in the treasury, as he taught in the temple; but no one arrested him, because his hour had not yet come.

August 21st 2018 — Romans 2:1-3

Romans 2:1-3 (ESV)
1  Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things. 2  We know that the judgment of God rightly falls on those who practice such things. 3  Do you suppose, O man—you who judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself—that you will escape the judgment of God?

August 22nd 2018 — Romans 2:4-6

Romans 2:4-6 (ESV)
4  Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? 5  But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed. 6  He will render to each one according to his works:

August 23rd 2018 — Romans 2:7-11

Romans 2:7-11 (ESV)
7  to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life; 8  but for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury. 9  There will be tribulation and distress for every human being who does evil, the Jew first and also the Greek, 10  but glory and honor and peace for everyone who does good, the Jew first and also the Greek. 11  For God shows no partiality.

August 24th 2018 — Romans 2:12-16

Romans 2:12-16 (ESV)
12  For all who have sinned without the law will also perish without the law, and all who have sinned under the law will be judged by the law. 13  For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the law who will be justified. 14  For when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law. 15  They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them 16  on that day when, according to my gospel, God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus.

August 25th 2018 — 2 Corinthians 4:1-3

2 Corinthians 4:1-3 (ESV)
1  Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lose heart. 2  But we have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways. We refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God’s word, but by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God. 3  And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing.

August 26th 2018 — 2 Corinthians 4:4-6

2 Corinthians 4:4-6 (ESV)
4  In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 5  For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. 6  For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

August 27th 2018 — 2 Corinthians 4:7-12

2 Corinthians 4:7-12 (ESV)
7  But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. 8  We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; 9  persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; 10  always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. 11  For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. 12  So death is at work in us, but life in you.

August 28th 2018 — 2 Corinthians 4:13-15

2 Corinthians 4:13-15 (ESV)
13  Since we have the same spirit of faith according to what has been written, “I believed, and so I spoke,” we also believe, and so we also speak, 14  knowing that he who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and bring us with you into his presence. 15  For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.

August 29th 2018 — 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (ESV)
16  So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. 17  For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, 18  as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.

August 30th 2018 — Proverbs 21:1-3

Proverbs 21:1-3 (ESV)
1  The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the LORD; he turns it wherever he will. 2  Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the LORD weighs the heart. 3  To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.

August 31st 2018 — Choose Your Own Verse

Choose your own verse.

— Shannon P. Long

Bible Reading Plan – August 2018
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Source: Shannon P. Long (2018)

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