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Confession time! hahah! Okay, here's my confession: I'm really bad with memorizing scripture! I would have an idea of the verse but I would be unable to say where in the bible it was and what it said exactly….and this is a problem.
You might be wondering, why is it so important to memorize scripture?
Well, for sure, it’s not so you can show off to all your friends at church or so that you feel better of more important than they. That is definitely NOT the reason! And it’s not because you’re forced to or because someone expects you to! You do it for you and for you alone!
Memorizing scripture is really important for several reasons. Here are a few of them:
1) You will not be deceived by false doctrine because you will know what your bible says about specific topics. In other words, you will be able to judge right and wrong FOR YOURSELF based on the word of God
“That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleigh of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive” (Ephesians 4: 14).
2) When you feel discouraged or when the devil is trying to bring you down with his lies, you will have the right word at the right time to lift you up!
Revelation 12: 10-11: “…for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony…” (KJV).
The NCV says “…and our brothers and sisters defeated him by the blood of the Lamb […] and by the message they preached…”
The blood of Jesus and the Word of God overcome the devil and his accusing words! They are our tools of overcoming the devil!
3) You can easily quote scriptures in prayer.
Sometimes, when you pray you don’t know what to pray. You might just simply just be lost for words! It happens and it’s happened to me. The best solution is either to pray in tongues or to quote scripture (or just do both!). A way of quoting scripture is simply by confessing the promises of God into your life and confessing the promises of God concerning a certain situation!
God has promised so many awesome things for his in His Word. Confess it! There is power in confession! Confess God’s word in your life in the present tense-as if it were coming to pass already! So each time you’re faced with a difficult situation, instead of confessing negative into your life, confess all the positive things God says about you and the only way you can do that is if you have God’s word at the tip of your tongue, memorized!
“For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (Romans 10: 10).
4) It’s only by memorizing scripture that we can meditate on the word of God.
As Christians, it is VERY important that we meditate on the word of the Father. My Pastor says: “The Bible is God’s love letter to us!” Each time I think about this it just blows my mind away! The Bible holds the solution and answer to every situation we may find ourselves in. Thus the importance of reading the Bible and meditating upon it! Just like you would read a love letter from your beloved over and over again, just like you would read encouraging words from a dear friend over and over again so that at the end of the day you know every word by heart, it is IMPORTANT to read the Bible AND MEDITATE on the words.
I could say so much about meditating on the word of God but I could never emphasize enough on its importance! (I will be making an upcoming post on meditation on the Word of God!)
“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of the sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in His law doth he meditate day and night” (Psalm 1: 1-2 KJV).
“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success” (Joshua 1:8 KJV).
“And I will delight myself in thy commandments, which I have loved. My hands also will I lift up unto thy commandment which I have loved; and I will meditate in thy statutes” (Psalm 119: 47-48 KJV).
“Oh, how love I thy law! It is my meditation all day” (Psalm 119: 97).
When you memorize scripture, it sticks to your mind and then you can meditate upon it, whether you’re in the bus, or you’re jogging, or you’re doing the grocery, whatever it may be, you can meditate on the Word of God!
And memorizing scripture is so much easier when you read the Bible regularly, on a daily basis. Honestly, this is something I have to keep pushing myself to make sure I do. We all know how busy some days can be and in an attempt to be on top of things, we tend to do everything else except read the Bible! The devil tries to lie to us, reminding us of everything else we have to do, telling us we’re falling behind on whatever we have to do and as a result we neglect reading God’s Word! This could be a tragedy!
Can we be real? Honestly speaking, I don’t know about you, but when I don’t spend quality time in prayer or reading the Word, I feel lousy! I mean, really lousy. I feel like something is missing. I noticed that I’m at my lowest when I’m not spending enough time in fellowship with God. I’m irritated, I snap, I get hurt by every little thing or word someone speaks. I just don’t feel like my usual self!
This summer, I have no excuse. And neither do you! I HAVE to make time for the Word. It’s a decision we all have to make. A plan we have in church to encourage everyone to read the whole Bible in a year is by saying they read 3 chapters a day and 5 on Sundays! This usually works for me at the beginning of the year until I fall into the hustle and bustle of everyday life and only get to read like a chapter a day or none at all! *Ouch* Two people I know who never fail to read their 3 chapters a day, like NEVER, are my Dad and my big Sis. And one thing I noticed about them is that they have a reading plan! Of course! So if you find that like myself you are not so consistent in your daily devotion, make a reading plan that BEST WORKS FOR YOU! If you feel you can’t read the Bible in a year, what about two years? The most important thing is finding something that works for you! Something else I noticed about these two inspiring people is that they are determined. Be determined to go through with you reading plan! Another thing I noticed about my Dad and big sister is that they have a specific time during the day when they read their Bibles. Do the same! Fix a time during the day when you know you’ll be alone, when you know whatever happens, it’s time for you to read what God has to tell you. So, please come up with a reading plan! I’m still working on mine, trying to see what works best for me.
The simple truth is that these are evil days and there is no better time to be grounded in the word than now! This is simply no time to let ourselves go
“Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: so shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man” (Proverbs 6:10-11 KJV).
Besides, one of the ways God speaks to us is through His Word, if you’re not reading it there will obviously be a little problem.
Like I said, WE HAVE NO EXCUSE! One of the nice things about the 21st century is all the technology! I mean, I have the Bible on my iPhone so I can read it even when I’m on the go in the bus or when I’m doing anything else! We really have no excuse!
Having said all this about the importance of reading the Bible and the importance of memorizing scripture, I have decided to have a memory verse per week! Whoo hoo! I’m actually really excited about this and I pray for God’s strength so that I don’t give up on this idea half way through. May God help me!
I will be sharing my memory verses and you are MORE THAN WELCOME TO JOIN IN, PLEASE!
Please share your observations on reading the Bible. Do you have a reading plan you follow? Do you try to memorize scripture or is it something that you let happen naturally? Are you spending more time fellowshipping with God this summer? PLEASE DO SHARE! Someone out there might just be blessed by your experiences!
Stay strong in the Lord!
GOD BLESS YOU!