Thursday, June 30, 2011

A little late to the game here, but...

We as a church are memorizing 1 John 1 together over the summer.  A verse per week until the middle of August.  Join in if you'd like!  Our AWANA kids were challenged to do this when AWANA ended in May.  The AWANA boss came to me and said he'd thought it'd be a good idea if the whole church did it with the kids.  Yep.  That's a good idea.

One of the many benefits of scripture memory is the ability to recall verses on the fly and in the fight.  When you need direction or help, Truth that has been hidden in our hearts can bubble to the surface and often come up in the best of moments because the Spirit of God will bring them up.  When you're in the midst of temptation and seeking to flee it, displacing the temptation with the Truth is easier when it's in your heart.  Again, the Spirit will breathe life into a deadly situation through the Scripture that's in your heart.  On the fly.  In the fight.  It's good.  Really good.

How do you do it?

Well, take the verse with you.  Try to say it 10 times a day.  Make 2 of those out loud to someone, like a spouse or kid or coworker or friend from church.  And make sure you review every day what you've learned already in order to keep it fresh.  Memorizing a passage like 1 John 1 also makes more sense when you get the flow of thought or theme.

You can do it!  And it's really worth it!

But that's just me thinking thoughts...

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