Commit it to Memory-Part 2

There is no doubt we have all been troubled by the events of the day; numerous earthquakes, tsunami, floods, war, death.  But has your concern turned to personal anxiety or fear?  God wants to give you comfort and perspective from His Word.  Are you ready to commit God’s powerful Word to your memory?  When you are, your thought life and fears will be changed.  Your walk with God will be transformed as you experience the Holy Spirit bringing His words to your mind throughout your life.

Claim God’s Word

We either believe God’s Word is true or we don’t.  If we believe He is who He says He is, then 100% of His Word is True.  If it is true, then the promises and commands within are Truth for you.  “Jesus said to the people who believed in him, ‘You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings.  And you will know the truth and the truth will set you free”, John 8:31,32. As you commit God’s Word to your memory, the Holy Spirit will remind you to be faithful to the teaching, and you are promised true freedom in Christ.

Your armor of protection for the day is God’s Word (Ephesians 6).  The Word of God will always stand guard in your thought life and against Satan’s attempts to drag you down.

Claim it.  Cling to it.

Tell God something like this, “God, I am thankful that You have given me everything I need for life and living in Your Words.  You have promised (fill in the promise of the Scripture you are claiming) and I trust You.  Help me to believe it and live it.  Please remind me of it throughout the day.  Amen”

What Scripture Should You Memorize

There is no rule for this.  These are my suggestions:

Memorize Doctrine.

Find verses that state who God is, who Jesus is and why He came, who the Holy Spirit is.  Memorize verses about His forgiveness, holiness and His love.  I’m talking about verses that will equip you with a foundation to know what you believe.  When someone asks about Christianity or the culture confronts you with the need to be “tolerant”, you will have a firm foundation for your faith.  “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope you have”, I Peter 3:15.

Doctrine will take time to memorize.  Pick one verse a month to keep on your refrigerator or mirror.  You can find verses under these categories in Bible reference tools in the back of a Study Bible.  A variety of reference tools can be found in your local Christian bookstore.  A classic book to guide you is, “Know What You Believe”, by Paul E. Little, InterVarsity Press.  You can find this book here:

Memorize verses that have personal meaning to you.

What are you going through in life?  The Bible reference tools in the back of a Study Bible will also give a short list of topics.  Usually you can look up words like fear, worry, forgiveness, jealousy, marriage.  Turn to the verses listed and find one you need to claim for your life!

Practical Ways to Memorize.

If you have difficulty memorizing, you are not the only one.  If you have never been able to memorize anything, then spend your time meditating on the words for several days.  Otherwise, give these tips a try:

sticky notes

Write the verse you're memorizing on a sticky note & stick to your mirror or steering wheel

  • Talk to God about it.  Tell Him your heart for memorizing His Word and ask Him for His help.
  • Get a spiral notebook with index cards.  Write one verse at a time on a card and prop  it up at the sink or table where you will see it regularly.
  • Begin with a verse that applies to a specific need you may presently have.  Pray over it, meditate on it, ask God to help you apply it to your life.  The more you do this, the more familiar you will become with the words.
  • Don’t bite off more than you can chew!  At first, try to pick a verse that isn’t too long.
  • Find a partner who will share in your goal and keep each other accountable.

Anticipate blessings in your life as you practice memorizing and claiming the Word of God!  I look forward to hearing what happens.

Do you have another effective tip for memorizing?  Please tell me about it.

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Commit it to Memory-Part 1

Living Water

In my high school years my friend Karl told me, “Bonnie, my friend says he often sees you walking to school talking to yourself.  I told him you were probably memorizing Scripture”.  Karl was right.  With bluetooth attached to people’s ears these days no one questions when you are seen walking alone talking to yourself.  I guess I looked a little crazy back then.  Throughout my adult years God has been faithful to those words I hid in my heart and reminds me of them at my exact time of need.

God makes promises about His Word

  • “The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever”, Isaiah 40:8
  • “So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; it will not return to Me empty without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which it was sent”, Isaiah 55:11
  • “The whole Bible was given to us by inspiration from God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives; it straightens us out and helps us do what is right.  It is God’s way of making us well prepared at every point, fully equipped to do good to everyone”, 2 Timothy 3:14-17

Books are temporary

The first summer mission I went on was a journey to Communist USSR and Romania in the 80’s.  I went with a large singing group and we were only allowed to bring one Bible over the border.   At the border crossings the Soviet officials searched our bags for many things.  They examined every page of the Bible to be sure there was nothing hidden within the thin pages.  They watched our every move as we interacted with the Soviet people.  Christians and our Bible were enemies of the state.

Turn the pages of history to March 2011:  Japan, earthquake, floods.  Survivors are laying on the floors of gymnasiums with nothing left to their name, including books.  Our bibles are print and bound with temporary materials.  Who is to say you and I will always have them accessible?

When Scripture tells us to be sober in all things, I believe this is one of those things.  Can you imagine if we were to face disaster or persecution and not have our Bibles at the ready?  How beautiful it would be for the body of Christ to share with one another the Word of God we have hidden in our hearts.  Will you be one to comfort another in the crisis with the living water?

Choose to make a lifetime goal of committing Scripture to memory.  Let’s be faithful to the task!

Look for Commit it to Memory-Part 2 tomorrow

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