Memorizing Scripture will change your life. I don’t know about you, but my crazy thought patterns can use some serious intervention! Are you ready for some change in 2012? Let’s start today on our journey to hide 20 verses in 2012.
In the Foreword to Scripture by Heart, Dallas Willard shares: “The human mind is filled with feelings, ideas, images, ways of reasoning, habits of thought, memories, and expectations of various kinds. Many of these are enslaving, harmful, or false. They shape our actual beliefs and guide our actions...Memorization of Scripture is one way of ‘taking charge’ of the contents of our conscious thoughts, and of the feelings, beliefs, and actions that depend on them.”
Want to take charge? Here are some helpful hints for the journey:
Ask God to pick your verses for you. Choose verses to memorize that hit you in the gut about where you struggle most or that encourage you to keep going. I will suggest a verse or two every time we meet, but a great resource for choosing verses is a Topical Bible or Scripture reference book like Beth Moore’s Praying God’s Word Every Day (available on Kindle — I keep this on my iPhone for handy reference!).
Review all of your verses orally at least once a day. Write them out in a 3×5 card spiral that you drop into your purse or use a Scripture Memory app on your smart phone like this one.
Let’s hold each other accountable. In the comment section below, write out the verse you will be working on for the next two weeks. Make sure to include your first name, your home state, the verse’s address/location, and the Bible translation:
Lyli from Florida: “Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness” (James 3:17, NIV).
Here’s a little play on words for all you Pinterest Fans. Rather than ‘Pin it,” let’s purpose to “Hide it.” I will end each post with a “Hide it” Suggested Verse.
“Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm,
for God can be trusted to keep His promise” (Hebrews 10:23, NLT).