“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly…” (Colossians 3:16a, NIV)
Why is it important to memorize scripture?
Really, it is more than memorization. It is studying and knowing His Word.
As you begin to read, believe, study, learn and write the Word on your heart and meditate upon the Word, you begin to transform. Your way of thinking changes, and therefore the way you react and live out your life changes.
John MacArthur writes,
“Repetition expands our capability of recall. Recovering spiritual truth demands repetition and use. The more you hear, think through, and apply spiritual truth the more it begins to dominate your thinking. Eventually you will react involuntarily in the proper spiritual manner to any situation because a particular spiritual principle has become so much a part of you.”
Your thinking process changes. You have a new mind and new understanding (Reference 1 Corinthians 2:14-16). And therefore, you begin to act differently.
“To be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” (Ephesians 4:23-24, NIV)
Chuck Swindoll wrote,
“I know of no other single practice in the Christian life more rewarding, practically speaking, than memorizing Scripture. . . . No other single exercise pays greater spiritual dividends! Your prayer life will be strengthened. Your witnessing will be sharper and much more effective. Your attitudes and outlook will begin to change. Your mind will become alert and observant. Your confidence and assurance will be enhanced. Your faith will be solidified.”
“…keep my words and store up my commands within you. Keep my commands and you will live; guard my teachings as the apple of your eye. Bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart.” (Proverbs 7:1b-3, NIV)
Looking forward to hearing from you. What verse will you be writing on your heart’s tablet this time?
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