February 23, 2017

Romans 6:23 (NLT) — 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.

Why memorize scripture? It helps you to think clearly. Look at how Jesus thought when he was tempted to sin by the Devil. When the Devil tempted him to turn stone into bread Jesus said >

Matthew 4:4 (NLT) — 4 But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

When he was tempted to do something God hadn’t given him the liberty to do Jesus quoted Deuteronomy 8:3.

Matthew 4:5–6 (NLT) — 5 Then the devil took him to the holy city, Jerusalem, to the highest point of the Temple, 6 and said, “If you are the Son of God, jump off! For the Scriptures say, ‘He will order his angels to protect you. And they will hold you up with their hands so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.’ ”

When the Devil appealed to pride by wanting Jesus to do something sensational Jesus responded with:

Matthew 4:7 (NLT) — 7 Jesus responded, “The Scriptures also say, ‘You must not test the Lord your God.’” Jesus was quoting Deuteronomy 6:16.

Matthew 4:8–9 (NLT) — 8 Next the devil took him to the peak of a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. 9 “I will give it all to you,” he said, “if you will kneel down and worship me.”

When the Devil tried to entice Jesus to give him first place in his life Jesus responded with:

Matthew 4:10 (NLT) — 10 “Get out of here, Satan,” Jesus told him. “For the Scriptures say, ‘You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him.’” Jesus was quoting Deuteronomy 6:13.

Through all of his temptations Jesus kept a clear mind because he had memorized scripture. This didn’t allow him to be fooled by lies or to be persuaded by pride or give in to the temptation.

When Jesus hung on the cross he had the clarity of mind to say:

Luke 23:46 (NLT) — 46 Then Jesus shouted, “Father, I entrust my spirit into your hands!” And with those words he breathed his last.

So rather than blame the Father he spoke scripture from Psalm 31:5.

Psalm 31:5 (NLT) — 5 I entrust my spirit into your hand. Rescue me, Lord, for you are a faithful God.

Through memorizing scripture we have the ability to handle what ever comes down the highway of life with a clear mind. When we are faced with the theory of evolution or the Big Bang we have Genesis 1:1. When someone challenges the deity of Jesus we have John 1:1. If someone questions Jesus’ humanity we have John 1:14. If we begin to think that God isn’t a God of love we John 3:16. When people defend their actions by saying, “I’m not as bad as that person.” We have Romans 3:23. When we find ourselves or someone else trying to earn favor with God for salvation we have Romans 6:23.

Think Clearly and

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