I have been convicted that Kaitlyn is memorizing Scripture every week in AWANA (and soon even little Kourey!), and I am not on a consistent, deliberate basis. This challenge easily breaks into one verse per week. My child is learning more than that in Sparks; shouldn’t I be able to do just as well?
Why memorize scripture?
When I was growing up and going to Vacation Bible School, we did a daily pledge to the American flag, Christian flag, and the Bible. The pledge to the Bible is “I pledge allegiance to the Bible, God’s Holy Word, and will make it a lamp unto my feet, a light unto my path, and hide its word in my heart that I might not sin against God.”
In his article, Why Memorize Scripture, John Piper boils it down to six key reasons:
- Conformity to Christ – Bible memorization has the effect of making our gaze on Jesus steadier and clearer.
- Daily Triumph over Sin – As sin lures the body into sinful action, we call to mind a Christ-revealing word of Scripture and slay the temptation with the superior worth and beauty of Christ over what sin offers.
- Daily Triumph over Satan – When Jesus was tempted by Satan in the wilderness he recited Scripture from memory and put Satan to flight.
- Comfort and Counsel for People You Love – When the heart full of God’s love can draw on the mind full of God’s word, timely blessings flow from the mouth.
- Communicating the Gospel to Unbelievers – Actual verses of the Bible have their own penetrating power. And when they come from our heart, as well as from the Book, the witness is given that they are precious enough to learn.
- Communion with God in the Enjoyment of His Person and Ways – The way we commune with (that is, fellowship with) God is by meditating on his attributes and expressing to him our thanks and admiration and love, and seeking his help to live a life that reflects the value of these attributes.
What verses am I memorizing/have I memorized?
- Philippians 4:8 (ESV)
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
- Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths.
- James 2:10
For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.
- John 3:14-17
Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up. That whosoever believes in Him should not die but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son to the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.
- Matthew 6:25-34
Why do you worry about tomorrow, wondering what you will eat or what you will wear. Consider the birds of the air: they do not reap or sow or store up in barns, but your Heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you worth more than them? Who by worrying can add one hour to his life? And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field and how they grow: they do not spin or weave or toil, yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his finery was dressed as one like these. And if God so clothes the grass of the field, that is here today and tomorrow thrown in the fire, how much more so shall he clothe you, o ye of little faith? So don’t be anxious, wondering “what shall we eat?” or “what shall we drink?” or “what shall we wear?”, for the Gentiles seek after these things and your Heavenly Father knows you need them. But seek ye first the kingdom of God and all His righteousness, and these things shall be added unto you. So don’t worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble on its own.
- Jeremiah 29:11
‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘Plans to prosper and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future.’