January 23

Memory verse for the week:

John 1:1 (NLT) — 1 In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God.

Jesus is the Word of God and he was creating in the beginning along with the Father and the Holy Spirit.

Colossians 1:15–18 (NLT) — 15 Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, 16 for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see— such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through him and for him. 17 He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together. 18 Christ is also the head of the church, which is his body. He is the beginning, supreme over all who rise from the dead. So he is first in everything.

Jesus knows how life is supposed to work. He is God. He has the word on everything. He has the word about the past, present, future and eternity. He has the word on how life is supposed to be lived. He has the word on restoring a right relationship with God. He has the word on worship. He has the word on marriage, family and raising children. He has the word on finances. He has the word on how money is to be used. He has the word on what is important and what is not. He has the word on forgiveness and the handling of relationships. He has the word on the gifts and the fruit of the Holy Spirit. He has the word on how to respond to the government. He has the word on end times. He has the word on everything that pertains to life and godliness. He has the word on the meaning and purpose of life. You can find his word in the Bible.

Why Memorize Scripture?

When we memorize a word, phrase, line, or verse from God’s Word, it’s like implanting a powerful radioactive speck of the very mind of God into our own finite brains. As we review it or hear it spoken again, it sinks deeper into our heads. As we learn it “by heart,” it descends into the hidden crevices and fissures of our souls. As we meditate on it, it begins sending out its quiet, therapeutic waves of influence. And, as the apostle Paul said, we are transformed by the renewing of our thoughts (see Rom. 12:2). That’s why the Lord commands us in Proverbs 7:1, 3: “Treasure my commands. . . . Write them on the tablet of your heart.” And that’s why He promises in the first psalm that as we internalize His Word and mull over it day and night, we’ll be successful, converting His logic into our lives. We’ll be like apple trees planted by rivers of water, bearing fruit in season, with leaves that don’t wither; and whatever we do will prosper.       Morgan, Robert J.. 100 Bible Verses Everyone Should Know by Heart.
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