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If you have been active around FAST awhile, you probably know there are a couple things we emphasize a lot. One is Bible memorization. Another is the "Wheel". Today, I want to talk a bit about the connection between these two.

The "Wheel", for those not familiar with it, is one of the foundational illustrations in our Basic Training program. The outer rim represents our daily life. This is where the rubber hits the road, so to speak, in terms of our outward words and actions. The hub represents the power source, Christ at the core of our being. It's the Holy Spirit in the heart, that drives the forward motion in our life. But the key to getting power from the hub to the rim, is the spokes.

“The secret to getting power from the hub to the rim in the Christian life, are the spokes of personal discipleship.”

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These spokes represent the basic disciplines of discipleship. Most of these can be organized into four main categories: prayer, Bible study, obedience, and witnessing. To live a vibrant, Spirit-filled life, one must cultivate balanced growth in each of these spokes. It also just so happens these spokes represent four of the biggest reasons to memorize!

Prayer
While aspects of prayer can be mysterious at times, a few things are clear. First, the internalization of Scripture is connected with answered prayer. Jesus made this point explicitly, when talking to the disciples just before his arrest and crucifixion: "If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you" (John 15:7If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.). One reason for this connection is that faith is a condition to answered prayer, and genuine faith must be rooted in Scripture.

Abraham, for example "staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith" (Romans 4:20He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;). He was "fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform" (Romans 4:21And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.). To put it differently, faith is not simply believing God will do what we want. It is believing He will do what He has said in His Word.

If you want to become more powerful in prayer, begin linking specific promises to your requests. Better yet, memorize those promises, and quote them back to God while you pray. Use the very language of Scripture when praying to God. Lay hold on the exact thing God has promised. It will strengthen your prayer life immensely.

Bible Study
While memorization could be considered a kind of Bible study, it is not a substitute for regular reading of the Scriptures, meditation, application, and careful study. Using good tools like a concordance to study out topics, or a lexicon to dig deep into the meanings of words is also important. And even prepared study guides, like those available through FAST, can help you get a firmer grip on the teachings of the Bible. We need all the above!

But memorization is foundational to these approaches in two important ways. First, it helps us remember key lessons God teaches through our reading or study. The Old Testament is clear, God does not want us to forget what He says: "take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life" (Deuteronomy 4:9Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons' sons;). The New Testament puts it this way, "Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip" (Hebrews 2:1Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.). When God illuminates some verse, gather up the light, and store it in the tables of your heart!

Do this faithfully, and you will soon discover the second thing memorization does. Verses start popping into your mind when reading, studying, listening to a sermon, meditating on some verse, and other related activities. Connections are made. Things start to click. Actually, this is God's appointed way of teaching: "the Holy Ghost teacheth" according to Paul, by "comparing spiritual things with spiritual" (I Corinthians 2:13Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.). When Isaiah asked, "Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine?" the answer came back: "precept upon precept; line upon line, . . . here a little, and there a little" (Isaiah 28:9-109 Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. 10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:).

The human brain, under the influence of the Holy Spirit, will make amazing connections, and glean tremendous insights, in ways no computer ever will. Memorization accelerates this learning process dramatically, and then helps you remember what you learn. How vital!

Obedience
A third key spoke on the disciple's wheel is living a life of obedience. This, of course, covers a wide range of areas: discerning God's will, resisting temptation, cultivating character, carrying out applications, time management, and more. Memorization can help with them all!

The Psalmist understood the connection. Repeatedly he emphasized the importance of memorization to obedience: "Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee" (Psalms 119:11Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.) "I will never forget thy precepts: for with them thou hast quickened me" (Psalms 119:93I will never forget thy precepts: for with them thou hast quickened me.) "I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart" (Psalms 40:8I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.). He had personally discovered that the creative power in God's Word manifest at creation is still accessible today.

What the Psalmist discovered experientially, Peter taught explicitly. Through the "exceeding great and precious promises" of the Bible, we can become "partakers of the divine nature" and escape "the corruption that is in the world through lust" (II Peter 1:4Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.). In fact, to quote Paul, this is righteousness by faith: "But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise . . . The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith" (Romans 10:6-86 But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:) 7 Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.) 8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;). It is at the core of the New Covenant: "This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them" (Hebrews 10:16This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;).

If you find yourself struggling to evict some besetting sin, or struggling to build some positive life change, why not bring the power of intentionally and systematically memorizing key commands and promises to bear on that specific issue? You may just discover memorization makes the difference!

Witnessing
Last but not least, learning to hide God's Word in our heart can have a powerful impact on our witness to the world. Peter urges us to "be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you" (I Peter 3:15But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:). Part of that preparation is careful study: "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth" (II Timothy 2:15Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.). But it is not enough to know the answer to someone's question, we should also be able to answer with the Words of Scripture.

Note the two reasons God gave us Scripture outlined in this passage: "Have not I written to thee excellent things in counsels and knowledge, That I might make thee know the certainty of the words of truth; that thou mightest answer the words of truth to them that send unto thee?" (Proverbs 22:20-2120 Have not I written to thee excellent things in counsels and knowledge, 21 That I might make thee know the certainty of the words of truth; that thou mightest answer the words of truth to them that send unto thee?). One is to know truth for ourself. The other is to answer people’s questions with "the words of truth". Two verses earlier, Solomon explains how to to do this: "it is a pleasant thing if thou keep them within thee; they shall withal be fitted in thy lips" (Proverbs 22:18For it is a pleasant thing if thou keep them within thee; they shall withal be fitted in thy lips.).

The more we internalize Scripture, the more we can use it in sharing with others. And the more we use it, the more effective our sharing will be. John the Baptist, referring to Jesus, explained the secret to His power: "For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him" (John 3:34For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him.). If you want your witness to be filled with more of God's Spirit, seek to be filled with more of God's Word.

Conclusion
There's a close connection between Scripture memory, and the Disciples Wheel. Hiding God's Word in our heart, enriches all the key areas of discipleship: prayer, Bible study, obedience, and witnessing. It's a powerful foundation upon which to build a life of devotion to God. The benefits are incalculable!

“Hiding God's Word in our heart, enriches all key areas of discipleship: prayer, Bible study, obedience, and witnessing.”

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Of course, as I frequently explain in my seminars and workshops, the fact God commands us to memorize should be reason enough. A clear thus saith the Lord is enough whether the benefits are big or small, and whether we understand how it works or not. Still, knowing that Bible memorization is foundational to all the key disciplines of the Christian life can strengthen our commitment. It can also give us a clearer view of the kind of memorization experience we should seek.

We encourage you to make a determined effort to build both memorization, and all four spokes of the Wheel into your spiritual life.



Comments

Which spokes of the wheel have been most benefited by memorization in your own life? Which spokes could grow more? Share your thoughts on this week's memo in the comments below...

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Posted by Dan Vis on 01/26/23
Thanks again for another testimony of the power of the internalized Word to strengthen multiple areas of discipleship. Appreciate that Carlota!
Posted by Carlota Belmo on 01/26/23
I found that memorization of the scripture has really made a difference in my prayer, study, and obedience to God. I have observed how different I now approach God, in my devotional time with Him. I now direct specific prayer for myself as well as for others. I need the change. I pray asking that God would help me to hide His words in my heart that I may not sin against Him. Psalms 119:11Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
Posted by Dan Vis on 01/24/23
:)
Posted by Zewdi Isaac Enbom on 01/24/23
Dan I appreciate the positive feedback.
Posted by Dan Vis on 01/23/23
That's a powerful summary Zewdi of some of the things that begin to happen once we get serious about memorizing the word. Thanks for the testimony affirming that!
Posted by Zewdi Isaac Enbom on 01/22/23
Dan Internalizing God's Word has enriched my walk with God. Once I understood the Word of God it helped me to obey His Word. II Corinthians 7:1Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.. My prayer life has also improved because I started claiming His promises. 2 Corinthian 1:20; Hebrews 6:12That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises..
Posted by Dan Vis on 01/21/23
I have that feeling also, when coming across well-known verses. Some I've know for decades--and there are all kinds of associations with them. So rich! Good post Louise.
Posted by Louise P on 01/21/23
Hiding God’s Word in my heart has enriched my prayer life with greater focus. My Bible Study feels more familiar, like a dear friend, when I come across memorised texts. I feel more encouraged and confident following God’s plan for my life, and sharing my journeying with others, bolstered by His Word. Blessed!
Posted by Dan Vis on 01/19/23
So much loved your comment Barbara. It is simple, and if we follow this plan it "daily works out a transformation in the life". Well put!

Of course I think you are already bubbling over. :)

As for your question in the last paragraph, yes--I definitely think that was a breakthrough insight from heaven! It reminds me of Deuteronomy 32:2My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass:, which kind of goes right along with that...

Interesting story behind that verse, for another time...
Posted by Barbara E. LaRose on 01/19/23
It is so beautiful how God ties everything together and make it all so simple. Memorization helps with Prayer, Bible Study, Obedience, Witnessing. And if faithful done daily works out a transformation in the life. The more we study God’s word the closer we come to him and the closer we come to him the more we want to be like him. I want to be bubbling over with God’s goodness that I can’t help but share that joy with others. Lord, change my heart so that I long to brings others to your marvelous light. Help me to dig deeply in your word so that I can extract the beautiful things you have for me. Like you said Pastor Dan in the last part of your article: If you want your witness to be filled with more of God’s spirit, seek to be filled with more of God’s Word.
It just hit me, is this the former and later rain? Being filled with God’s spirit is being filled with His Word. That’s how we take the 3 Angels Message to the world! How exciting!!
Posted by Dan Vis on 01/18/23
Thanks so much for sharing Sam! Let's pray God will find some receptive hearts in some of these churches!

Also, I should note I do know a bunch of good memorizers, in the Baptist church! :)
Posted by Shawnda McKnight on 01/18/23
Scripture memorization has definitely added faith to my prayer life. Since this study it has also added power to my witnessing! I am sending messages on Facebook and Instagram to let others know how important scripture memorization is! I have gotten out those letters to different churches in my area and Im not only sending them to SDA churches- all of God's children need to know about scripture memorization- it is not taught in the Baptist church at all!
Posted by Dan Vis on 01/16/23
I think that's one area we are not as intentional about cultivating Doug. We have all kinds of Bible study plans and prayer programs available. Even witnessing techniques. But tools to help us be more intentional about living lives of obedience--those are less common.

This was one area I really needed personally, so I've worked pretty hard on this spoke!!! I'm sure you can probably guess that from the various classes here. :)
Posted by Doug Schoch on 01/15/23
I think obedience has grown the most. And prayer needs more growth.
Posted by Dan Vis on 11/21/22
Yes, you're actually right Daniel. The hard part is not the memorization. That can be done quite easily once we understand the mechanics of the process we need to follow. It's the personalization and implementation that is more challenging.

And the reason for that (for both things being hard actually) is the human heart naturally seeks to evade the Word of God. It's a spiritual issue more than anything else...
Posted by Daniel on 11/20/22
I know someone I live with who rote learns well but application and change of behaviour I would say nil and they would dispute and then we have stalemate.
Knowing and applying and linking it to life's demands is something we all need God's help with.
Posted by Dan Vis on 11/15/22
That's awesome Barbara. I think God loves intentionality! :)
Posted by Barbara E. LaRose on 11/14/22
Being in the word definitely leads me to memorization. My main spoke that I’m working on is obedience. Being intentional in my prayer journal, morning watch.   
Posted by Dan Vis on 11/14/22
Very cool Mike! Keep pressing forward with the memorization. I know it completely revolutionized my preaching for example--which is study and witnessing combined. All the best! :)
Posted by Mike Carner on 11/13/22
I would say the spokes that have benefited the most from memorization so far are prayer and obedience. I find myself quoting Scripture much more often in my prayers. And I find God calling verses to mind as I face different decisions.
Posted by Dan Vis on 11/13/22
Your hope and courage are inspiring Deanne. I think you'll like the next lesson in Revival School, and the next class called ABC Witnessing...

Thanks for your testimony too Tonya! That's one of my wife's favorite verses as well. She shares it all the time. :)

Awesome Colette. I've found kids quite receptive to basic discipleship principles. The implementation (methods) have to be adapted. But the concepts are so simple they can grasp most of them quite intuitively.

We've got a great class on witnessing coming up Carlota! It's thrilling to hear how God is using you already though. :) Keep up the good work!
Posted by Carlota Belmo on 11/13/22
I’m using scripture memorization more in my personal and public prayers, I’m not shy or timid anymore, I now enjoy praying when I’m asked to. I do need to work on the witnessing spoke, in being more intentional and trust the Holy Spirit to lead me, and be obedient to comply. Shalom
Posted by Colette Guthrie on 11/12/22
Today I used the Disciple's Wheel to show the children the basics about discipleship. They had gone through the Children's Week of Prayer on the topic. A couple of my friends came to me after and shared that they were convicted that they were not studying the Bible enough. I have my discipleship base right here.
Posted by Tonya Anspach on 11/12/22
My prayer life has grown considerably with the memorization of scripture. To be able to pray using God's own words makes a huge difference in my communication with Him. I feel closer to Him when I use His words during prayer. Memorizing Isaiah 26:3Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. has been a true calming force in my life. I have shared that verse with others many times.
Posted by Deanne Reinke on 11/11/22
my obedience has most benefited from memorization, then Prayer, then Bible Study, then witnessing. in that order. I am telling things I am learning and I am sharing verses I have memorized but have not seen as much fruit from this as I had hoped. THE MOST IMPORTANT STATEMENT TO ME IN THIS ARTICLE IS THIS: " if you want your witness to be filled with more of God's Spirit (which I do), then seek to be filled with more of God's word" I LOVE THIS BECUZ IT TELLS ME WHAT I NEED TO DO AND IT GIVES ME HOPE THAT MY WITNESS WILL BECOME MORE EFFECTIVE IF I KEEP ON AND DONT GIVE UP! What a BLESSING this article was to me. THANK YOU!
Posted by Dan Vis on 11/09/22
Thanks for your testimony Julio about how memorization helps in so many ways. I think it's also a good reminder that we need be intentional about each of these spokes as they tend to ebb and flow at times if we are not careful. Good post!
Posted by Julio Useche on 11/09/22
For the last few years scripture memorization has been a constant in my life and has been a blessing in each spoke of the wheel, but I've noticed that I've not been consistant in all four spokes. At times I flourish at prayer, then later at bible study and sometimes at witnessing. Sometimes obedience is very constant and oh what joy that brings, but then I might let my own thoughts get ahead of me and I rely on self in my obedience, but God is good, His Word always brings me back to Himself! I need to learn to use all four spokes for a consistant fullness of God in my life!
Really loving those verses you mentioned from Proverbs 22. Coincidentally I just added Proverbs 22:20-2120 Have not I written to thee excellent things in counsels and knowledge, 21 That I might make thee know the certainty of the words of truth; that thou mightest answer the words of truth to them that send unto thee? to my verse pack 2 days ago. I am now adding verses 17-19 that go with it. What great blessing to study and memorize God's holy Word!
Posted by Dan Vis on 10/21/22
Thanks for a beautiful testimony Georgia. God's Word is so often. I appreciate you sharing the role it has played in your life. It's an encouragement to all of us!
Posted by Georgia Kenny on 10/21/22
I certainly can attest to this experience! I often tell people memorisation was the key that exploded my spiritual life. When you pray you know certain promises to claim, when you share you have promises to encourage or give direction, I have heard the Holy Spirit whisper to me through a verse when I’m uncertain about which way to go, and probably most noticeable to me is when I’m listening to a sermon or studying for myself that I have an “internal cross-reference system” that gives me deeper insights to what I just heard/read because another connecting verse pops into mind! It’s amazing what God wants to do for us if we obey His command to “let thine heart retain My words, keep My commandments” (Proverbs 4:4He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live.). All glory to God 🙌🏼

I would like to grow, however, in Obedience and Prayer. Sometimes I’m not sure what promises to claim in prayer, and I’d like to be more in tune with the Holy Spirit so I can hear His voice clearly when I’m in danger of temptation or in need of guidance.
Posted by Dan Vis on 10/20/22
I'm fully convinced God will give us verses a few days or weeks before we need them. :) And of course they come back around again and again as needed if we keep them sharp. Great post Louise! Thanks for highlighting the connection between the Word and prayer...
Posted by Louise P on 10/20/22
Since adding Scripture to my Prayer Journal, verses have popped into my mind to encourage and strengthen - e.g. I was in a stressful situation, and as I kept repeating Philippians 4:7And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus., I could feel God’s peace pouring in to calm me (I had previously memorised Philippians 4:7And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus., so it was there when I needed it! Awesome God, Isaiah 65:24And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.!)
Posted by Dan Vis on 10/17/22
I like your self-assessment process there Colette. I'm sure we all have stronger and weaker spokes--and with memorization our strongest spokes will tend to strengthen most quickly, first. Which just means we have to be really intentional about linking up the memorized Word with our weaker spokes, and give them some extra reinforcement. Great post!
Posted by Colette Guthrie on 10/17/22
Very neat connections in this article. For me, the spokes of Bible Study and Witnessing have benefitted greatly from memorization. I do link promises to prayer requests and sometimes that's also in the context of teaching/ witnessing. The spokes of prayer and obedience could grow more, especially where thanksgiving and time management are concerned.
Posted by Dan Vis on 03/18/19
Glad this was helpful Carole, Ellen. It's interesting how memorizing most helps different people in different areas. I suspect it has to do with our natural gifts and abilities. But in time it certainly will help in all key areas. Let's keep pressing forward ladies!
Posted by Ellen Bell on 03/18/19
I find that memorizing scripture so far has been most helpful to me in the areas of Prayer and Obedience. As I come to have a greater "repertoire" of memorized texts at my "fingertips" and in my mind, it is much easier to incorporate these scriptures into my prayers. It just gives such a greater depth to my prayers. Also, for the same reason, having scriptures more readily available helps in obedience to God's way as He brings scriptures to mind at just the right time to provide victory in whatever I'm struggling with. Both of these are very empowering. I would like to be able to use the memorized scriptures more effectively in my witness to others. It is starting to happen but it certainly is a needed growth area for me.
Posted by Carole Bliss on 03/18/19
This is so important, this lesson. I was sharing with two Muslim women who came to church, and I realized I need to sharpen my Bible verses to share with them. I am into Bible study, prayer, I want to be a stronger witness.
Thank you for the message today.
BLESSINGS
Carole
Posted by Dan Vis on 03/15/19
Can't wait for our new Breakout Memory Challenge class to get started. I've updated the content to match our new simplified memory engine, and made a few other tweaks to make it even easier for new members. Plus, I'll be integrating our new Memory Club for class participants who want to give that a try! Stay tuned for more announcements...
Posted by Linda Gerace on 02/25/18
@ALAVEN, I don't see where your question ("So does Isaiah 55:11So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. apply to the literature that has been distributed even you are not sure the recipient has read it?") was answered. I'd like to share this. I have heard stories of people pulling tracts out of a trashcan, or picking them up off of the street, reading them and eventually being converted by the gospel message.   

Just a few verses prior to verse 11, the Bible says "For My thoughts are not your thoughts,nor are your ways My ways... So are my ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts." The word that goes out from God's mouth has creative power... it has power to make something out of nothing, power to heal, power to destroy. His word will accomplish what He pleases and prosper because of the inherent power in it. By whatever means - someone picking up a tract that another person threw away, or however- His word will prosper in that for which He sent it. We don't always understand it- if we did we would be God, or we'd be like Him. But we do know that His word is like the rain and snow coming down and watering the earth, bringing forth life and bread to the eater. Even if the person you gave literature to never reads it, God may still use that book or tract to reach another person. Because His word will go forth like the rain and snow watering the earth.

I hope that is not confusing and helps to explain my understanding of Isaiah 55:11So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it., which I believe is a Biblical understanding. Anyone else with other comments, I'd be happy to hear and learn from their comments.
Posted by Dan Vis on 02/22/18
God is good Kathy!
Posted by Kathy Rosenberger on 02/20/18
I have just started reviewing 'Discipleship' and was contemplating the discipleship wheel when I saw your post about it. God's timing is perfect! It is a powerful post and has helped me a lot in identifying priorities. Thank you.
Posted by Dan Vis on 02/16/18
I like it Qing! Will have to quote you somewhere... :)

Glad we can provide a one stop shop for all your needs Patricia! If there's ever something you need that we don't have, ask, and we may be able to add it...
Posted by Patricia Jones on 02/16/18
Dan, I'm excited to hear that a way to add hymns and Spirit of Prophecy quotes to the engine is coming soon. They're currently on 3x5 cards which I review mornings along with my prayer, Bible study, and SOP reading. I also go through my verse pack then. I do the online Bible memorization in the evening along with more Bible study and prayer. I'd love being able to consolidate things. In the meantime, I'm gradually adding the verses I learned in another program and learning new ones here. I eventually would like to have everything in one place. I really appreciate Fast resources and the community.
Posted by Qing Ling on 02/16/18
Carole - keep it up. We are blessed by your prayers and all the prayers of our ever expanding community. I got so excited when we broke 10,000 - that is now in the distant past and we are ever climbing higher in numbers by God’s grace!

I had to tag you also because to answer the question above, PRAYER was one of the things that changed for me when I started memorising and learnt how to claim promises from God by praying His holy words back to Him by heart. There is an amazing connection and confidence of being heard when I do that.

Needless to say like many others, I have also experienced the “bouncing” verses when memorised Scripture flash through my mind during sermons, books, conversations, etc. It really makes it effortless to share Holy Scripture when the Holy Spirit brings the sentence, clear as day, to my mind during a conversation with a person, whether they are Christian or not, because the verse is totally relevant to what we are talking about!

If there was one thing we could do to transform every aspect of our walk with God, it would have to be scripture memorisation - and the FAST method really works!
- how about that for a testimony /Tagline Dan :)
Posted by Dan Vis on 02/16/18
Hymns are definitely powerful Floride! We're hoping to add a way to add hymns and other content to the memory engine for those who want to memorize them (maybe as early as next month). Glad to hear FAST is helping you with your memorization! Praise God.

RONALD, super glad to have you hear, and a warm welcome to FAST! Glad you found this info helpful, and great to see you renewed commitment to memorize. Reach out if you need help. There's a great Crash Course on Bible Memorization in the Training area! :)
Posted by RONALD FRANCIS on 02/15/18
Just finished reading the Memorization & the Wheel.

As I am relatively new to FAST, the Wheel was new to me. What a powerful concept.   How easy to share the idea of spiritual disciplines!!!

Our response to Jesus by knowing His word and keeping them in our heart by memorization is explained so clearly. The benefits were cemented for me by the statement that even if one does not fully understand, one should do what God asks: memorize His word.

I will return to this activity which I practiced many years ago in my youth. Thanks for the reminder.
Posted by Floride Leonce on 02/14/18
Hi Dan,

Thank you another great post!
I would add that another way to build a life of devotion to God is to sing hymns of praise all the time, whether out loud or in your heart. That keeps your mind away from all ungodly things and all the negativity around you, lifts your soul up, and keeps you really connected to God. I do that everywhere I am, especially at work, and people around me always feel blessed.

Before FAST, I wanted to make memorizing Scriptures because I wanted to know for myself in order to witness, but I could never be consistent. Now, I’ve made a lot of progress ever since I started the Crash Course. References come easier to my mind and I feel that has a big impact on my spiritual life. I will never stop praising God for what He’s done, is doing, and will continue to do in my life.

Blessings!
Posted by Dan Vis on 02/14/18
Thanks Carole! Definitely appreciate the prayers...
Posted by Carole Bliss on 02/13/18
I like how all these steps fit together. I keep praying to implement the verses in my life and to share them with others. I want to pray back the verses when I am praying. This is the area I need to work on.
Thank-you. Praying for Fast Missions,

Carole
Posted by Dan Vis on 02/13/18
Hi Gail! So great to hear from you. And so appreciate your kind testimony. The only problem is it makes me a bit homesick. :)

Please give my greetings to Howard and everyone back home. A special hello also to Calvin & Dolly, and the rest of the FAST class!
Posted by Gail Wein on 02/12/18
What a great review of our Fast information. The Fast class has brought so many blessings into my life, I can not say enough in praise of the Spirits working. My husband has been so quickened and has been such a helpmate to me from the power he has found in his continued work with Fast and the practical spiritual power he has found there. Thank you, and praise the Lord.


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