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Memorizing Bible Verses in 2019
No, this is not a late post. I know it’s now April and I did start memorizing scriptures when we came into the New Year of 2019! In fact, I determined that this would be the year that I would make a serious effort to commit scriptures to memory. I was not aware that there are tons of books to help Christians memorize the Word of God, but I had no help whatsoever except the Holy Spirit Himself guiding me. Besides, I wanted to make my own choice of scriptures to memorize.
I know how important Bible verses are to grow our faith and to be strong in the Lord, and that there are many blessings and promises of God for those who trust and believe in Him. And so, every time a new year rolled around I had a good intention to commit scriptures to memory, but this intention usually ended up as a passing thought as the months swiftly went by!
This is not to say that I cannot recall or paraphrase my favorite scriptures, but then sometimes I could not cite the reference by book, chapter and verse. Yet by flipping through my Bible I would find the side of the page the verse was on!
What has kept me from memorizing scriptures?
Is it lack of discipline to learn the Word of God or a fading memory that comes with age?! I don’t think so. You see, anytime I needed help with a scripture or Bible references for my edification, or if I was preparing a teaching or even a sermon, I could depend on my ‘Walking Bible’. That is what Wyman, my husband, was called by pastor friends during our 13 years we did mission work in the Philippines. Wyman aka as
Drgold is my biggest crutch and is always accessible to me. He is by far the best Bible teacher that I know of. Maybe some of you may be familiar with his blog site where since June 2012 he has shared ‘God’s Hidden Nuggets for the Endtimes’. He knows by memory and can recite over 500 scriptures, single ones and passages, not including 40 Psalms, many of which have been put to music that we both sing together. Some of the whole passage verses he knows are Psalms 1, 8, 19, 23, 91, 117, 150; Mt 5, 11:28; John 1, 14; Rom 8:16-19; 1Cor 13; Isaiah 43 and more.
According to my husband, translations other than the King James Version do not have the syntax, rhythm or word patterns and repetition that makes for easy memorization. My Bible studies often included other Bible translations and even modern paraphrase editions/additions to God’s Word. So with my simplifying and paraphrasing of the KJV, I often eliminated the pronouns thy, thee, thou, and thine. I would prefer then to not using King James English such as in Psalm 121:1, ‘I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. . .’
My way of learning scriptures
I decided to see if what my husband said about memorizing from a KJV Bible would work for me. I think it did, but only after I could ‘visualize’ the text especially for Psalm 23 and Psalm 121. It took much meditation on the verses to start to remember the verses in their order. I looked for continuity and flow of who and what the psalm was about. It seemed to me that there was indeed brevity (conciseness of word usage), syntax (deliberate word selection and phrasing), and sufficient repetition of words that made the words flow in a rhythmic way.
Special blessings that came from memorizing Psalms 121 and 103
Although it may seem that it took me a very long time to memorize the verses, I was not in a rush to learn them. My morning and evening routine of studying Psalms 121, then 103 consisted of getting into bed meditating on the scriptures and waking up in the morning to meditate on them again. I began to pray the Psalms for my family and friends and others God placed upon my heart.
During the special times with God’s Word, God revealed who He was for me and for all who trust and believe in Him. In Psalm 121, He is my LORD, my helper, my keeper, my shade/protector on my right hand/at my side. He is alert 24/7 and takes no breaks for rest or sleep! Praise the LORD!
In Psalm 103:1-6 we are reminded to praise His Holy Name, REVERENCE GOD and REMEMBER that we have MANY BENEFITS. See if you can recognize what our benefits are:
GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU!!! And if you haven’t started memorizing scriptures,START TODAY! \o/
This post is about keeping our focus, staying strong in the Lord and what He has called us to do. We need to stay close to God and His Word. We must be wary of Satan and his evil tactics to confuse, distract, and deceive Christians with the purpose of destroying the work of God through strife and disunity.
Although written in my journal dated Jan 21, 2003, this seems descriptive of what is happening in Christian circles today. This is what the Holy Spirit impressed upon me:
“Our meat is the same as Jesus’ meat, which is to do the will of the Father. Jesus came to seek and save those who are lost that they may experience life and life more abundantly. Our mission is the same. It is to those in the lost and dying world who are ignorant of the message of salvation and eternal life, who are outside of the safety of the sheepfold. The masses of the world are out there in the dark and the Lord is short of laborers. That’s why He said to pray for more to labour with Him, to preach the gospel of the kingdom, to bring in the lost. We should be doing the works of Jesus and the early disciples of bringing the message of salvation and deliverance to the world. That is our job. Whereas the enemy’s job is to thwart all efforts directed at God in accomplishing His perfect plan and purpose for mankind.
We must always be careful on whose side we are working, whose purposes we are supporting. Everyone must determine in their own minds to know who the enemy is and what his agenda is. If we are not careful, we could easily find ourselves in the wrong camp and following the plan of the adversary, rather than serving in the ranks of the Lords’s army.
It is the ultimate goal of the devil to cause divisions and strife within the body of Christ to make it self destruct by pitting people and organizations against one another. Many do not recognize this, however, and think that they are helping God out by labeling and identifying ‘dissident’ groups. They are being used of the enemy and are not even aware that their zeal in doing this has been motivated by Satan himself.
When we take our eyes off the main focus of our calling, the enemy is right there to use us as his instruments to weaken the body of Christ. It is the highest form of deception when believers forget who their mission is to be directed to – the lost, the poor, the needy, etc. and they begin to attack one another. It is also the greatest damage they cause to God’s work on earth by bringing reproach and loss of credibility upon those who profess to be Christians. If we cannot impact the world with the gospel, the numbers that will come into the kingdom will be drastically reduced. And we will certainly be held accountable for our part in hurting the work of the Lord.
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