During the year 2013, I along with thousands of other women joined a group called “Siesta Scripture Memory Team” that Beth Moore was leading. This group encouraged us to memorize a total of 24 verses throughout the year 2013. I can proudly say I completed the entire 24 verses and it was challenging and greatly enhanced by walk with Christ. Beth Moore only does this every other year, so I thought that I would create a group that could do the same for those people in my life, not just women. The first day to post your first memory verse is January 1st, which is only FOUR days away, and I am super stoked. Below I prayed over and read 6 reasons to memorize scripture from John Piper’s blog “Desiring God”.
I would love for as many people to join in as possible. Tomorrow I will be posting the logistics of how this is all going to pan out, and if you are interested or have any questions then would be the time to ask me. I am so excited for all that God is going to do in 2014. So, please take a read and join me friends.
It’s only 4 days until the launch of “Love What Is True” Scripture Memory Team for 2014 and below are six (6) reasons we as Christ followers are to memorize scripture.
1. Conformity to Christ
2 Corinthians 3:18 — “we all, …beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree to another”. If we would be changed into Christ likeness we must steadily see him. This happens in the word. Bible memorization has the effect of making our gaze on Jesus steadier and clearer.
2. Daily Triumph Over Sin
How can a young man keep his way pure? by guarding it according to your word…I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you (Psalm 119:9, 11). Paul says in Romans 8:13 we must put to death the sinful deeds of the body. 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 the beauty of Christ over what sin offers.
3. Daily Triumph Over Satan
When Jesus was tempted by Satan in the wilderness he recited Scripture memory and put aran to flight (Matthew 4:1-11)
4. Comfort and Counsel for People You Love
The times when people need you to give them comfort and counsel do not always coincide with the times you have your Bible handy. Proverbs 25:11 says, ” A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver”. Piper translates that to say, When the heart full of God’s lope can draw on the mind full of God’s word, timely blessings flow from the mouth.
5. Communication the Gospel to Unbelievers
Opportunities to share the gospel come when we do not have the Bible in hand. Actual verses of the Bible have their own penetrating power. We should be able to sum up the gospel under four main headings 1) God’s holiness/law/glory 2) Man’s sin/rebellion/disobedience 3) Christ;s death for sinners 4) the free gift of life by faith. Learn a verse or two revealing each of thee and be ready in season and out of season to share them.
6. Communion with God in the Enjoyment of His Person and Ways
The way we commune 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 those attributes. Storing verses in our minds about God helps us relate to him as he really is.
The 6 Items listed were taken from John Piper’s website “Desiring God”: http://www.desiringgod.org/resource-library/taste-see-articles/why-memorize-scripture