I’m a bullet points kind of person. I don’t want to read a whole long article or do a lot of research; I just want the main points thrown at me. The crafts I choose typically can be completed in one sitting, because that’s about as far as my attention span goes. I understand new concepts quickly and, thus, have no desire to spend long amounts of time delving into a subject. That’s the way I am. Last week, I blogged about my conviction to memorize scripture and some ways to go about the process. Over the next few weeks, I’ll post about the benefits it’s had in my life.
Memorizing scripture forces me to be diligent. Not only do I have to focus on a scripture over time to learn it, I also need to keep reviewing the verses to maintain them in my mind. Scripture memory is a dynamic, long-term project. A Christian’s walk should also be dynamic. Read the opening sentence of I Peter 1:13, “So prepare your minds for action and exercise self-control.” This verse urges believers to prepare and exercise. These are not passive words. A faith walk requires energy. Scripture memory, for me, embodies I Peter 1:13. The action of memorizing prepares my mind, and I exercise self-control when I diligently pursue it.
The Lord uses scripture memory to stretch me. Romans 12:2 describes God transforming us by changing the way we think. Scripture memory certainly changes the way I think. It challenges me to learn in a new way and embrace a new mode of study.
“For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.” While this passage from James 1 literally refers to trials and struggles, I feel it can apply to any time the Lord takes me out of my comfort zone. Every challenge God presents to me grows my faith. Scripture memory has grown mine, and I’m thankful God laid it on my heart.
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