We are constantly being bombarded with an earthly way of thinking through numerous channels. Movies, television shows, commercials, music, the internet, social media radio programs, blogs, podcasts, and many other vessels carry the message of the world straight into our minds. God has called us as followers of Christ to be set apart, holy, and different from the world. To do this, we must be consistently filling our mind with the truth of God’s word. His Scripture is truth. We combat the lies of the world with the truth of God’s word. But, to fight that battle, we must carry the weapon of the sword of the Word with us. We must let the changing truth of the written word change our hearts. The only way to have God’s word with us and let it change our hearts is to memorize it. Then, the Bible can always be flowing through our minds and permeating our hearts.
Each day in our daily devotions I included a key verse. I would like to encourage you to take the key verse each day as a memory verse. Here are 7 reasons why memorizing Scripture is vital.
Follow the Example of Jesus
As Christians, we are constantly being reshaped to be more and more like Jesus. In Romans, Paul says it this way:
For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters (Romans 8:29, NIV)
If we are being conformed into the image of Jesus, then we are doing more things that He does with more of the heart that He has. We follow His example in action and attitude. There is no doubt that as Jesus walked this earth, He was one who knew the Bible. He was constantly quoting from the Old Testament. The example that we have from Jesus is knowing and living the word of God. We should be memorizing Scripture because Jesus did.
God Commands It
God told us that we need to be carrying His word around in our hearts. After giving His people the law, God told the people this:
And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart (Deuteronomy 6:6, ESV)
The very words of God that He was giving to the Israelites were to be in their heart. They are to know it so they can live it. The passage goes on to instruct the people to impress the words on their children and talk about the Scripture often. How can we be talking with our children about God’s word if we do not know God’s word? We memorize God’s word so that we can have it in our hearts to know and to live.
Renews Your Mind
If the world is incessantly blasting its message into our minds, we must consistently recondition our minds to think as God wants us to rather than like the world shapes us to:
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect (Romans 12:2, NASB).
To have our minds renewed means to filter out the trash of the world and to replace it with the beauty of God’s word. Memorizing Bible verses and passages fills our hearts and minds with the good things of what God says. It changes our minds. It cleans our thoughts. Verses that we can recite from memory show that our thinking is on what God wants rather than what the world is selling.
Transforms Your Life
In that same verse, Romans 12:2, we read that the renewed mind brings about the transformed life. The life that is being transformed is being remade in Christ. The old habits are being replaced by new habits. The old way of talking is gone as new, Godly words are used. The old way of loving oneself is exchanged for the new way of loving others. The old way of life is dead. Jesus is growing a whole new life. Memorizing the Bible transforms us from the inside out. A renewed mind leads to a transformed life.
Every time we memorize a verse of the Bible, we provide ourselves with another piece of truth that can be used to fight off the lies of Satan. When temptation comes, it is God’s word that can speak the truth into the situation and give us the ability to say no to the temptation. That is exactly what Jesus did. When tempted by Satan to turn a stone into bread because of His hunger from 40 days of fasting, Jesus quoted Scripture.
Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God’” (Matthew 4:4, NIV).
Throughout this passage in Matthew 4, Satan tempts. Jesus responds with a Bible verse. If that is how Jesus fought off the temptation from Satan, we should use that same plan. When Satan tempts us, we can fight off that temptation with a truth of God’s word. But, that only works if we have God’s word in our heart and mind for it to be used.
Helps Share Christ
When we are talking to a friend, we can use the verses that we have memorized to share the love of Christ with that friend.
But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect (1 Peter 3:15, ESV).
God’s word has power. When we quote Scripture in our witnessing opportunities, we are unleashing the power of God into the conversation. We need to be able to speak that kind of truth, especially when someone is searching. Those words of power can only come out of our mouths at that time if they are in our hearts and minds all the time. Memorizing the Bible enhances our witnessing abilities.
When we listen to and live by Scripture, we are drawn to live the pure life that God has called us to. The psalmist speaks of the value of knowing the word of God.
Your word I have hidden in my heart,
That I might not sin against You (Psalm 119:11, NKJV).
Hiding God’s word in our heart will change the way that we walk every day. We avoid sin more when the Bible is in our hearts. Memorized Scripture is a wall of defense against impurity in our life.
Memorizing God’s word is a discipline that will change everything about us: how we think, how we act, how we talk, how we love, how we share, and how we obey. Let the Bible sink deep into your heart. Know it so you can live it.
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