I remember praying these words, “God, I want to know Your Word more.”
I remember His immediate and vivid answer, “Well…then know My Word more.”
Ever since then I have made a commitment to memorizing Scripture. It has been the best decision of my spiritual life since following Christ.
With some quick math, I figured out that if you memorize two verses a day you can have the New Testament memorized in around 7 years! I realize that initially sounds like a long time but 7 years ago I was 20 years old and that seems like yesterday! If the Lord wills for me to live…the days are going to pass…I might as well make good use of them. What a powerful and wonderful tool to know God’s word on that level!
What a blessing to be able to read God’s Word at all?! What a precious gift He has given us and one that we ought not take lightly?!
God has done an unbelievable work in me through these passages and has opened my eyes to truths that have literally set me free in many ways. Not to mention the times that I was able to speak truth into someone else’s life or situation through God’s word because of this commitment to memorization; truth that I would not have been aware of without these verses being logged away.
I started in 1 Peter because I have always loved that book and Peter’s tenacity in his faith. After I completed that I moved on to his second letter. Then on to Jude and finally just finished James a few days ago.
When I moved on from Jude I really wanted others to experience the life-change and deepening of their faith that I was in this way. So…I invited people to join me in memorizing James. I was shocked at the amount of people who did, indeed, join me on that venture and was so encouraged when people would tell me, whether at shows or over Facebook and twitter, how God was using It to change them. That’s what His Word does!
We have just recently started on Paul’s first letter to Timothy and am praying diligently that God will do a great work in my heart and the hearts of those who are joining me in memorizing this book.
I wonder if you would consider joining us as well? It is not easy and sometimes time-consuming but always worth it and will always be the best spent time in your day.
We have called it “The Challenge” and if you are interested, here is the Facebook and Twitter page links:
Even if you decide not to join us In “The Challenge”, I do hope that you are committed or will make a commitment to knowing God’s word on a deeper level.