HERO CENTRAL August 7-11 Vacation Bible School

March 2, 2017

Romans 5:8 (NLT) — 8 But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.

Why memorize scripture? Bible verses are like shock absorbers on a car. When the road of life if filled with bumps and potholes scripture helps to steady our nerves and smooth out the ride. When going through a difficult time it helps to know and repeat often >

Romans 8:28 (NLT) — 28 And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

Ephesians 1:11 (NLT) — 11 Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God, for he chose us in advance, and he makes everything work out according to his plan.

When I left pastoring in the fall of 1997 because of certain circumstances I had no clue as to what I was going to do. It was an extremely low point in my life. I felt as though I had failed God, failed myself and my people.  The only direction Cleo and I had was to move to Fargo. but beyond that we knew nothing. What kept me from falling apart was the following scripture:

Proverbs 3:5–6 (NLT) — 5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. 6 Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.

I hung on to those words. I hugged those words. I carried those words with me at all times. Those words smoothed out the ride and kept me from doing something stupid. God was faithful and he came through for us just as his word said he would.

I read a story once about a couple whose names were Dwayne and Bonnie Wheat. They were awakened in the middle of the night by a policeman pounding on their door. He told them that their daughter Charla had been murdered.

Bonnie testified that it was the power of memorized Scripture that kept her from going insane during the days that

followed. “In those days I could not read the Bible and focus on it long enough for it to make sense,” she said, “but it was God’s Word that was already in my heart that ministered to me. I am so thankful for that. It was things like, ‘Be still and know that I am God,’ and ‘Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Thee. . . .’ God used those Scriptures to show me that we just had to be still and let God be God.”

If you want steadier nerves you need to have the scriptures engraved on your heart through memorization.

Psalm 119:25 (NLT) — 25 I lie in the dust; revive me by your word.

Psalm 119:28 (NLT) — 28 I weep with sorrow; encourage me by your word.

Psalm 119:43 (NLT) — 43 Do not snatch your word of truth from me, for your regulations are my only hope.

Psalm 119:50 (NLT) — 50 Your promise revives me; it comforts me in all my troubles.

Isaiah 26:3 (NLT) — 3 You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!

Be Inspired Hilltop!