Hide God's Word in your heart- store it up for the future.
"Let the word spoken by Christ the Messiah have its home in your hearts and minds and dwell in you in all its richness as you teach and admonish and train one another..."
-Colossians 3:16a, Amplified
As I grow older and my walk with the Lord deepens, I am more and more convinced that He wants His word to become a part of us. His word is all that shall stand. His word is our anchor in this ocean wave-tossing life. His word is an expression of Himself in His Son Jesus (John 1:1,14) Scripture is His annointed word to us.
In a recent post I encouraged you to eat daily of His word till it becomes part of your muscles and marrow. And it does; His word becomes entwined in your heart and soul. His Word abides in us (1John 2:14) His Word becomes a part of us that is ready to instruct, exhort, and encourage when the opportunity requests it. (2Timothy 4:2)
I have also been thinking that one of the best ways to incorporate His word (notice the word "incorporate" literally means "to put into the body") is to go beyond reading it. But to read it, pray over it, meditate on its meaning and the One who speaks it, and to MEMORIZE IT. Jesus tells us, "Remember the word that I said unto you." (John 15:20a)
So I am bringing accountability to myself as I write, that I will begin the discipline of memorizing a verse a week. (I know some fabulous ladies who are memorizing entire books; a verse or two a week is enough to feed me for now.)
If you want to endeavor in this challenge with me, keep the prize before you- His Holy Spirit brings to your remembrance His word in you. You will be a healing salve to the hurting soul and a balm to her who needs a word of encouragement in due season. The effective words will be on the tip of your tongue when disciplining your children and the Spirit will bear witness in them that what you are saying is true. When battles with the enemy cannot be avoided you will fight him with our weapon of defense and offense- His word. (Ephesians 6:17)
Are you ready?