Monday, July 11, 2011

Q&A: Why Should I Memorize Scripture?

This would be ridiculously long if I included the full versions of each scripture I use. So please, as you read this, read the Scripture along with it. I believe God wants all of his children to know him and to know what he has said.

In Matthew 4:1-11, Jesus resists temptation using Scripture.
In Psalm 119, David explains that knowing Scripture is the way to be pure.
In Joshua 1:8, Joshua explains that success in life comes from meditating and speaking the words of the Bible.
In Ephesians 6:13-18,  Paul tells us the word of God is our sword, to fight Satan and his angels. Paul says further in Colossians, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.”
Not to mention in Hebrews 4:12 it says, “the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”

2 Timothy 3:14-17 “But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
2 Peter 1:20-21 “Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation. For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.”
These verses show that God uses his word to transform us, but it must be done from within which means we must have his word within us. Therefore, we must know God’s word.

Romans 1:20-21,28 make it clear that it is worth whatever effort it takes to know God’s word. James 1:22-25 tells us that once we know the Scripture (and it is sinful to not know it as a Christian) it is our duty to act upon it. We must be doers of the word, not just hearers.

John 1:1 says Jesus is the word of God. So with that being said, I want to show you in my words what Jesus in John 15:5-8 says.
“If you remain in me [the word] and I [the word] remain in you, I will give you what you ask for and you will be fruitful, which will show others that you are my disciples and will be glorifying to my Father. If you do not remain in me [the word] and I [the word] am not in you, you will not be connected to me, and will not receive what you desire.”
These things in mind, please consider committing to memorize at least one piece of God’s word consistently, whether that is a verse a week, or a few verses daily.
Here are some verses which contain fundamental knowledge of Christ and the Gospel.

2 Corinthians 5:17
Galatians 2:20
Romans 12:1
John 14:21
2 Timothy 3:16
Joshua 1:8
John 15:7
Philippians 4:6,7
Matthew 18:20
Hebrews 10:24,25
Matthew 4:19
Romans 1:16

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