February 10, 2017

John 3:16 (NLT) — 16 “For this is how God _____ the world: He gave his one and only _____, so that everyone who ________ in him will not perish but have ________ life.

Why should you memorize scripture! I think the following verses from Proverbs give us a clue.

Proverbs 24:30–34 (NLT) — 30 I walked by the field of a lazy person, the vineyard of one with no common sense. 31 I saw that it was overgrown with nettles. It was covered with weeds, and its walls were broken down. 32 Then, as I looked and thought about it, I learned this lesson: 33 A little extra sleep, a little more slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest— 34 then poverty will pounce on you like a bandit; scarcity will attack you like an armed robber.

This lazy person didn’t take care of his vineyard and because of his lack of care his vineyard didn’t produce good food for him. The weeds had taken over and choked out the fruit and the broken down walls couldn’t keep predators out so any fruit that was produced was stolen and none of it made it to this guys table.

Our minds are like a vineyard. If they are going to benefit us with clear thinking they need to be taken care of. We can’t let lies and faulty philosophy cloud our judgment. They must not be allowed to take root. We must also put up protective walls to keep lies and faulty philosophy out. We replace the lies and faulty philosophy with God’s word. God’s word is truth. God’s word will never lead us astray. We get rid of the weeds, unhealthy thoughts, in our minds by replacing them with God’s word. We put up protective walls by memorizing God’s word.

Psalm 119:61 (NLT) — 61 Evil people try to drag me into sin, but I am firmly anchored to your instructions.

Lazy people will not spend time in God’s word and they will not expend the effort to memorize. They will come up with all sorts of excuses to neglect the Word of God. As a consequence their minds get them in trouble. The body goes where the mind has already been; and that is a fact. What you dwell on the longest becomes the strongest. If you don’t think about gossiping you won’t gossip. If you don’t think about porn you won’t go there. If you don’t think about revenge you won’t get worked up, bitter and angry. Memorizing scripture is like putting ‘Round up’ on the weeds of your mind!

Psalm 19:7–11 (NLT) — 7 The instructions of the Lord are perfect, reviving the soul. The decrees of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple. 8 The commandments of the Lord are right, bringing joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are clear, giving insight for living. 9 Reverence for the Lord is pure, lasting forever. The laws of the Lord are true; each one is fair. 10 They are more desirable than gold, even the finest gold. They are sweeter than honey, even honey dripping from the comb. 11 They are a warning to your servant, a great reward for those who obey them.

Go ahead and list all the things that the word of God will do for you from the above verses. Why would you not want to memorize? Just the fact that you would have a revived healthy soul would be incentive enough to memorize. A healthy soul leads to healthy emotions and an optimistic outlook for each day. It certainly is better than poverty of soul. As we learned in the proverbs verses; laziness leads to poverty.

Romans 13:14 (NLT) — 14 Instead, clothe yourself with the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. And don’t let yourself think about ways to indulge your evil desires.

Be Inspired Hilltop!