Have you ever tried to memorise scripture? Maybe you did it as a child in Sunday school, encouraged to remember memory verses. But often it’s a habit that we dont continue as adults.
But our memory is a wonderful tool that we have at our disposal. So why should we use it to memorise scripture?
Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.Ephesians 6:13-17
The sword of the Spirit
The Bible. Scripture. God’s word is a powerful weapon. A sword that we can use to fight the battles that we face each day.
A sword to slay the temptations we face.
A sword to slay the lies of the enemy.
A sword to slay the decisions we need to make.
A sword to slay the false teachings that we hear.
A sword to slay the feelings of shame & fear.
But where is your sword? Is it drawn and ready? Or is it tucked away in a cupboard? Or maybe you don’t even know where it is.
Memorising scripture is like having our sword drawn and ready all the time. Every battle we face, we know that we are ready. Because we have the word of God firmly rooted in our hearts and minds. Ready to use, ready to call upon.
But what are these battles? How is memorising scripture going to impact your everyday life?
Memorise scripture to help you make decisions
When we make decisions, big or small, we want God to be a part of those decisions. This will often involve prayer, seeking advice from other wise Christians, fasting and listening for God’s voice. But this also involves exploring God’s word and seeing how it directs us too.
Memorising scripture allows to bring God’s word – his commands, directions, encouragement and his comfort – into our decisions much more easily. Especially if we’re facing situations where we need to make a decision quickly, without the time to go away and study scripture.
Memorise scripture to lead your actions
I guess every action we make is a decision, right? We choose how we act, the words we say, how we treat people, and how we respond to every situation. So everything I just said about decisions, also applies to how we choose to act.
But a lot of our actions don’t really feel like a decision. So often, our actions are led by our emotions. And to be honest, this approach is essentially encouraged by today’s culture. We are encouraged to be authentic, live our own truth etc etc.
As Christians, we don’t want our actions to be led by our emotions. We want our actions to be led by obedience to God and his word. We don’t want to live “our truth”, but instead focus on THE truth.
If we memorise scripture, it helps us to stay focused on God’s word. So that our emotions can’t run away from us.
Memorise scripture to help you discern truth
The world is a noisy place. There are voices all around us, trying to influence our thoughts and actions.
There are friends and family members.
There are teachers and schools.
There are activists and social media influencers.
There are celebrities, church leaders, work colleagues and more.
There are even our own worldly thoughts and desires.
All of them are teaching you, whether you know it or not. So it’s important that we have a filter – a way of testing what true and what is false. That filter is God’s word. God’s word is truth, so we can test other messages we hear against it to see if they agree.
Memorising scripture allows us to test everything we hear, very quickly. We can discern whether what we are hearing matches up with the Bible because we know what the Bible says. Having Bible verses right there in our mind, ready to test what we hear, helps us to spot lies and false teachings straight away.
Memorise scripture to keep you focused on Jesus
It’s important to remember that the Bible isn’t just all about teaching and commands and directions and what you should do.
The Bible is also full of examples of God’s goodness, stories of the things that he has done. Really, it’s one big story about God trying to reconnect with mankind after they turned away from him.
As well as teaching us, these parts of scripture help us to draw closer to God by:
- Bringing us peace and comfort
- Inspiring us to worship him in response
- Trusting him to fulfill his promises
- Calling us to bring our prayers before him
If the scripture that we have memorised does these things, that is what we are planting in our minds. Those are the reminders that we will have right in front of us all the time.
Memorise scripture to help you share the truth
If someone asked you, right now, “what does it mean to be a Christian?”, what would you say? The Bible tells us:
Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.1 Peter 3:15
But how would you go about explaining the gospel to someone? It can be tricky if we’re caught by surprise. We don’t know where to start or what to include – because the good news of Jesus’ death and resurrection is quite a story!
As well as being prepared to answer these kinds of questions, by thinking about it ourselves, memorising scripture can also help. It allows us to know the gospel more clearly in our minds, as well as making sure that the story we are explaining does line up with what we read in the Bible.
So, now that we’ve explored why it is so important to memorise scripture, which Bible verses would you love to be able to memorise?
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