Thursday, June 30, 2011

Walking & Memorizing

Let me share with you a few things I have been thinking about recently. Well, actually some things I am learning.

I sit in an office all day. I sit in the same chair all day. Yes, I sometimes get up to talk to the other people in the office or to grab another Diet Mountain Dew, but for the most part, 7-8 hours of a day is comprised of sitting. Some of you might think that is a good thing, but it actually isn't.

The other day, our administrative assistant (I call her Janet) went on a little walk down the street and came back saying how great she felt. She challenged me to do it as well. I thought it sounded like a good idea. What I should also say that will help you understand this is that just down the street from our church office is the 40 acres that our church owns and will be building on very soon.

I thought that this might be a great opportunity for both body and soul. I will walk down to the church property and pray for our church a few times a week. It will give me some much needed exercise and also give me some private time with my Lord. So, I did it. Well, sort of. The first day, I was almost down to the property when I felt the first drop of rain. Guess what happened next? Was that a sign?

Since that time, I have made the journey a few times. As it is evolving, I have decided to make the walking part more intentional. I have included a time of Scripture memorization during the walk. Then when I get to the church property, I take some time and pray for our church. Then on the walk back, I memorize more Scripture. My goal is to memorize the book of 1 Thessalonians. It is going to be the study our church will engage in starting in September. I am only five verses in and am realizing that my memory skills are drastically diminishing. I am going to have to work at this.

What I know for certain is that while most Christians say that Scripture memory is important, very few of them actually have a plan to do it. It is not something that will just happen, it takes work. As I have been thinking about it, I wanted to give you some reasons why I think Christians should memorize Scripture. Maybe at some point, I will expand each of these reasons. But for now, here is the list.

10 Reasons Why We Should Be Memorizing Scripture.

  1.  It will help us grow spiritually by hiding God's Word in our heart
  2.  It will help us fight off temptation like Jesus in that specific moment
  3.  It will help us meditate on the Scriptures
  4.  It will help us bless other people with a Word from God in a specific moment
  5.  It will help us stay away from sin
  6.  It will help us become better evangelists
  7.  It will help us constantly keep God's Word in our mind
  8.  It will help us love Jesus more deeply
  9.  It will help us grow to become more like Jesus daily
10.  It will help us become greater prayer warriors

Three questions in conclusion:

Are There Other Reasons You Memorize Scripture?
What Is Your Scripture Memory Plan?
What Scriptures Are You Memorizing?

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