In our previous post, we spoke about 5 different things that will help us to abide in Christ. Remember that this is not a list of 5 things if you follow then you will become the best Christian there is. You can do every one of these things and if your attitude stinks then you will be in disobedience to God. There must be that desire to truly serve the Lord, there must be the Holy Spirit that convicts the heart over sin and puts the desire to serve the Lord. In Revelation 3:14-19, the Lord is talking to the church at Laodicea. He tells them, “I know your works and they are neither hot nor cold. I could wish you were cold or hot so then because you are lukewarm and not cold or hot, I will vomit you out of my mouth…” Have you ever tried lukewarm or tepid tea? I have and it’s not very nice. I know when I make up tea for my husband and he lets it sit there, it eventually becomes tepid. He won’t take a drink of it until he has placed it in the microwave to heat it up. If we feel that way about our drinks how must the Lord feel about our service for Him?
The five things we are discussing in this series of posts are:
- Meditation of Scripture
- Memorization of Scripture
- Reading Scripture
- Obedience to what has been learned
In this part we will discuss Memorization of Scripture. There are 3 things that memorizing Scripture helps within our lives.
- Memorizing keeps us from sinning against God. Psalm 119:11 says, “Your word have I hidden in my heart that I might not sin against You.” (See also Psalm 37:31.) Memorizing also enables us to be convicted in our hearts while we are in the midst of sinning. Many times the Holy Spirit gently reminds us that what we are doing is wrong while we are in the middle of sinning.
- Memorizing Scripture is what we are expected to do as true believers. Deut. 6:6 tells us, “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart.” (See also Deut. 11:18-20; Prov. 3:3.)
- Memorizing Scripture should be our delight because we are showing God that we truly desire to serve Him. Rom. 7:22 shares with us, “For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man.” (See also Psalm 40:8; 119:16, 24, 47, 98.) The Lord told the disciples that if they loved Him they would keep His commandments. The only way we can delight in memorizing Scripture is if we love the Lord. The people we love are the people we will try to please!
- Memorizing Scripture will also help us in times of persecution. 2 Tim. 3:12 makes it very clear, “Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.” (See also Philippians 1:28-29; 1 Thess. 3:3.) There is persecution coming our way and the only way we will be ready for it is to hide God’s Word in our hearts. Let us make sure we have shored up Scripture within our hearts in case we lose our Bibles just like our suffering brothers and sisters in other countries have lost their Bibles.
Memorizing is very important. Sisters, let us continue abiding in Christ no matter what others say, think or do so that we will be able to hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant! Enter into the joy of your Lord!” Amen and amen!