2 Timothy 3:16–17 (ESV)
“16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. “
In 2014, we are inviting anyone, young or old, to join us in memorizing nine different passages of Scripture. Now, you might ask, “Why do that?” Why memorize Scripture when you can just pick-up the Bible and read it? Well, there are many benefits but let me just list two from my own personal experience. Each personality is different and so the following two benefits might not apply to you but I hope they might nudge you towards memorizing Scripture for yourself.
Benefit #1: Memorizing Scripture has been one way in which I have been able to practically put into the practice the concept on “abiding in Him” (John 15). When I recite His Word in my heart, I naturally think about Him. I talk to Him about it, ask Him questions about it and sometimes pray the truth within the verse for others or myself. For instance, I might recite John 1:12-13 (you can look it up) while driving in my car, and will begin to pray for the salvation of a friend or just remind myself that salvation is a work of God and that I cannot convince or force someone to trust in and love Jesus. Then, as I talk with Him about my longing for so-and-so to know Him, He assures me. He speaks to me. He ministers to me. He doesn’t assure me of their salvation but He assures me of who He is. He may even release me of fear and free me to openly testify of my life with Jesus. Basically what happens is that as I dwell on His words (through Scripture memory), I naturally end up reacting to them (or you could say I end up reacting to Him because they are His words). The end result is that I’m dwelling with Him (aka - abiding in Him).
Benefit #2: Memorizing Scripture has provided another avenue for Him to minister through me. I don’t plan this but sometimes His word comes up in my heart when I’m praying for someone. When it does, I simply pray His truth to them. In other words, I recite the Scripture to them. What does it do? At that moment, I have no idea if it’s doing anything at all! However, what is true is that all Scripture is breathed out by Him, and He uses it to teach, rebuke, correct, train in righteousness and mature people in whatever way He desires. So, I trust that He is speaking through His words although I may not know how He is specifically ministering at that moment. Also, I do know that He has ministered significantly to my soul when others have spoken His Word to me during prayer.
So, please consider joining us in 2014 in memorizing nine passages of Scripture by heart. I promise that you will not regret it.