September 22, 2014

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Memorize? Forget It!


I absolutely love the movie “Finding Nemo.” I some times feel like Dory and I forget things. I overwhelm my mind with homeschooling, work, and church that things just get forgotten. Now if you are like most women you can remember several things at a time. You can multitask and still complete a running list in your head. You can clean the kitchen, while singing the song stuck in your head, while preparing lunch. You can grade one kids math worksheet while ensuring your other child is writing his cursive letters right. You can be talking with your husband and a child interrupts in need and you wrap up your 20 minute conversation with the husband and easily recall why the child interrupted and meet his/her need.

Do you have a good memory?

Do you memorize the word of God? I often hear the excuse “I just can’t memorize!” I think most people just don’t understand that when they can sing a song, quote movie lines, or remember exactly where the almond flour is located at the store that they can memorize! Is this you? If it is throw this phrase right out of the window because it’s just masking laziness!

Why is it important to memorize scripture?

Helps in renewing your mind. It can change your entire manner of life and conduct. Psalm 1:1-2

Blessed is the man

Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
    Nor stands in the path of sinners,
    Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;

But his delight is in the law of the Lord,

    And in His law he meditates day and night.

Follows Christ’s example Matthew 4:1-10

 But He answered and said, “It is written, …”

Equips you to use scripture in any situation – Acts 2:16-21, 25-28; 3:22-23; 13:40-41,47

God’s word becomes foundational in your life – Deuteronomy 6:6-8

“And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.

Provides Guidance – Psalm 119:24, 105

 Your word is a lamp to my feet
And a light to my path.

Develops confidence in sharing Christ – Isaiah 55:11

So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;
It shall not return to Me void,
But it shall accomplish what I please,
And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.

Aids in conquering temptation – Psalm 119:9-11

Allows you to pray through his word – Acts 4:24-31

Enables you to build-up others in Christ – Colossians 3:16

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

You can then meditate on his word – Psalm 119:15-16, 97

Oh, how I love Your law!
It is my meditation all the day.

His word provides comfort – Psalm 119:52

His word can refresh and revive – Psalm 119:93

It provides stability in you spiritual life – Psalm 37:31; 40:8

You are ready to answer those who have questions about the hope you display –  Proverbs 22:17-21; 1 Peter 3:15

But sanctify the Lord God[a] in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear;

If you can memorize songs, poems, directions, locations, or random facts don’t you think you can memorize something so much more powerful? Don’t you think that after seeing the benefits of memorizing scripture that you should commit to doing so? Take 10 minutes out of your day to memorize a verse a week. Write them out on cards and carry them around. Print them out and leave them in places you go every day. For example every morning you brush your teeth (I hope) so leave one by the sink. Take advantage of your spare time and invest in something that can change you biblically!

Check some of these resources out: › Memory Resources › Why Memorize?…/ten-tips-for-memorizing-bible-verse…


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