There are many reasons to memorize scripture. We are all influenced by what surrounds us or what we surround ourselves with but the 2nd most power influencer is our mind (I believe God is 1st). What we think and believe will guide our path through life. There are many examples of people who have lived in very difficult situations as children but have risen above their circumstances. I’ve included a few videos at the end of people who have overcome which I thought you might like.
What influence can be more powerful than connecting with the God who created heaven and earth? God’s gift of salvation is free but the difference between a saved but ineffective life and one that is on fire and changing the world is how much we’ve allowed God to take control of our life. What are the best ways to allow God to change your life? Pray, read and meditate on the Word of God. If you do this opportunities to serve God will open up before your eyes and you’ll be on an amazing path to walking a life filled with God.
Galatians 5: 22-23 tells us what a life filled with God is like: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Many times I’ve read this verse but didn’t think about what each characteristic meant and how it effected my life. If you are reading this verse for the first time or like me, have not spent time thinking about the words here are some ideas to help you think about what a spirit filled life is like.
Fruit of the Spirit
Love means many things but the Bible explains what is meant by love in 1 Corinthians 13: Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
How would your life be different if it reflected this kind of love? How would your relationship with your friends, family and others be different?
The other characteristics of a life lived in a close relationship with God are just as powerful.
Joy – Kay Warren wrote the following definition of Joy after studying all the scriptures about joy: “Joy is the settled assurance that God is in control of all the details of my life, the quiet confidence that ultimately everything is going to be alright, and the determined choice to praise God in every situation.”
Peace – The third characteristic of a life filled with God is peace. Peace is an internal assurance that no matter what happens God holds you in his arms. It is not based on an external circumstances. In fact just before Jesus went to the cross he said this to his disciples:
Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful. (John 14:27)
The peace Jesus is speaking of enables believers to remain calm in wildly fearful circumstances. It enables them to hush a cry, still a riot, rejoice in pain and trial, and sing in the middle of suffering. This peace is never by circumstances, but instead affects and even overrules them. – John MacArthur
Forbearance – I don’t know about you but that is not a word I use everyday. Websters defines it as: “the quality of someone who is patient and able to deal with a difficult person or situation without becoming angry.” The Bible includes a few other aspects: holding back ourselves from doing something that is normal to do, think anger, yelling, getting mad, etc. In other sections of the Bible it means to keep still or silent or to stop doing something. After studying the various definitions forbearance is a reflection on a restrained and changed life. We no longer have to react in anger or envy or frustration because the Holy Spirit has given us a new character.
Kindness – Oxford says: “the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate.” The biblical definition is: “The quality of compassion and generosity, characteristic of God’s dealings towards the weak and poor.” Eddie Foster in Life, Hope and Truth defines kindness as follows: Kindness is humbly giving of ourselves in love and mercy to others who may not be able to give anything back, who sometimes don’t deserve it, and who frequently don’t thank us for it. Basically kindness means a way of thinking that leads to doing thoughtful deeds for others.”
Goodness – In the Greek Goodness was defined as: “it is character energized, expressing itself in active good.” Goodness is a characteristic of God who demonstrates it to us through the things he does. When we live a spirit filled life we’ll actively be doing good to others which will over time transform you and those around you.
Faithfulness – Dictionary.com says: “When God says He will do something, He does it. When He says something will happen, it happens. This characteristic can be reflected in our own lives through faithfulness to God and others. Faithfulness means we can be counted on. God can count on us to respond to his calling. Our friends can count on our word and our spouse can count on our faithfulness.
Gentleness – Eddie Foster in Life, Hope and Truth defined Gentleness as: “What is gentleness? It is the humble and meek attitude of wanting to help other people instead of wanting to be superior to them. This attitude flows from a spirit of real love for the individual—having true, outgoing concern for their well-being. Such an attitude is shown in how we think about and treat others and what we say to them.”
Self Control – Oxford defines self control as “the ability to control oneself, in particular one’s emotions and desires or the expression of them in one’s behavior, especially in difficult situations.” Rick Warren on his blog lists the biblical characteristics of self control. Here is the summary:
- People with self-control master their moods
- People with self-control watch their words
- People with self-control restrain their reactions
- People with self-control stick to their schedule
- People with self-control manage their money
- People with self-control maintain their health
10 Reasons to Memorize Scripture
Read, pray and meditate on the Word of God are necessary for the Holy Spirit to fill your life. If the reason’s above are not inspiration enough here are 10 more reasons to memorize scripture:
- God commands us to put his Word into our hearts and minds and dwell on his Word. Colossians 3:16 tells us to “let the word of Christ dwell in us richly.” Deuteronomy 6:4-9 tells us to bind God’s law on our foreheads, teach it to our children, talk about it wherever we go, and make it an integral part of our lives.
- Memorizing Scripture transforms our lives. Romans 12:2 says, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
- Memorizing Scripture helps us fight off temptation. Just because you are a Christian does not mean you’ll be living a life that is pure and honoring God. The world and the devil will put many temptations in front of you. By memorizing Scripture and knowing what God wants you to do you’ll be better able to stay away from temptation.
- Memorizing Scripture can help you remain pure – How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word. (Psalm 119:9). In America today purity is becoming as rare as truth in politics. (I am writing this during an election year.) I don’t think I’ve ever even heard it preached in any church I’ve attended but God’s standards do not change with our culture.
- Memorizing Scripture helps you make wise decisions. “Your word is a lamp to guide me and a light for my path” (Psalm 119:105 GNB). Proverbs is full of verses about making wise decisions but the entire Bible is filled with verses that can help you make wise decisions in life.
- You’ll be more successful – Joshua 1:8: This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. I’ve run businesses from a couple hundred thousand to 7 million and have experience success and failure. There are many verses that talk about successfully running a business. There are also many books on the subject. One of my favorite is Business Secrets from the Bible that can be found on Amazon.
- It will make you a better husband or wife. The Bible gives us guidance making a better marriage. There are verses for husbands and wives. For men check out these verses to memorize.
- Memorizing Scripture helps you deal with stress. In today’s society who is not under stress? Rick Warren, pastor at Saddleback church says: “If you will memorize Scripture, your stress level will decrease dramatically and your confidence level will increase dramatically.”
- It helps you become a better witness. If you live your life following God you’ll come upon opportunities to share your faith with others. Memorizing Scripture put God’s word at your fingertips which you can then share when talking to others.
- It will give you a closer relationship with God. It all comes down to a close, vibrant relationship with God
If you are looking for some effective ways to memorize Scripture, check this post out: How to help children memorize Scripture.
Here are a couple videos of people who’s lives have been transformed through a relationship with Jesus. I hope you enjoy them. As always comments are welcome.