Thursday, December 23, 2010

Why Memorize Scripture

Why Memorize Scripture, by John Piper:
  1. Conformity to Christ.  Bible memorization has the effect of making our gaze on Jesus steadier and clearer.
  2. 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. 
  3. Daily Triumph Over Satan.  When Jesus was tempted by Satan in the wilderness he recited Scripture from memory and put Satan to flight. 
  4. 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. 
  5. 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. 
  6. 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
JLM: I am currently memorizing Romans 8.  I tinkered around with it for months and have finally put a system in place - note cards with 3 verses at a time that I tape to my dashboard and study while I drive to work.  I'm making progress and loving every minute.  There is literally nothing as powerful as the first words out of your mouth in the morning being, "There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus." (v. 1)

A few of my other favorites to say aloud, particularly when I am struggling to triumph over sin and Satan in my life: 

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind."  2 Tim. 1:7

"Get behind me, Satan!" Matt. 16:23, which Jesus said to Peter but I say to the Devil.  (And I tell him that he is the father of lies (John 8:43), but that I know the truth and the truth has set me free (John 8:32).)

"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."  Phil. 4:6-7  

No comments:

Post a Comment