Six Reasons To MemorizeBy Dan Vis
October 16, 2016
Several years back, John Piper posted a nice piece at his blog called Why Memorize Scripture. You can probably find newer, and possibly better posts on the subject, but I liked his list just fine, and thought I would summarize his six reasons here:
1) Conformity to Christ
Internalizing Scripture allows us to be transformed into the image of Christ. Meditation changes us, as our thoughts shift to become more in sync with His.
2) Victory over Sin
The Bible makes it clear, having God's Word in the heart gives power to resist temptation. Human weakness urgently needs this power!
3) Victory over the Enemy
Jesus not only used Scripture to overcome Satan during his temptation in the wilderness, He recounted the story to his disciples so we would know how to do it too.
4) Counsel for loved ones
Having God's Word in our heart prepares us to share encouragement, hope, and faith with friends and families at a moment's notice. We rarely have time in a crisis to pull out our concordance and dig out some promise.
5) Communicating the Gospel
Careful memorization of verses on the Gospel not only equips us to witness, it facilitates our internalization of its principles, so we can share it practically. It also gives us answers to common objections.
6) The Enjoyment of God
His last reason is one of my personal favorites: the joy that comes from simply reflecting on God's character and ways. Memorizing verses that inspire worship and praise, would give a healthier emotional tone to many of our lives.
He misses the most important reason, perhaps, which is simply that God commands it. But the reasons he does give, while not exhaustive, are certainly important ones. And as noted in his closing line, the rest are there for us to discover through the adventure of actually memorizing!
PS. Here's my review of another article from his blog entitled Five Tips for Memorizing Scripture by David Mathis.
CommentsSo what do you see as the most important reason to memorize? Feel free to chime in and leave a comment below:
|Posted by Dan Vis on 04/07/17|
|Glad you are here Wanda!
Thanks Robyn Pearl Hattingh and Christine for being part of the Breakout Memory Challenge. It was a blessing, wasn't it?
|Posted by Robyn Pearl Hattingh on 04/05/17|
|Wow.through the 30day challenge I've seen these come true in my life.
I thank God and I praise His name for this ministry and for all of you!
God bless you!
|Posted by Dan Vis on 10/27/16|
|Very true Clara! Some great promises to claim.|
|Posted by Dan Vis on 10/26/16|
|Thanks Fiona! Having God's Word in the heart makes it easier for the Spirit to bring its words to mind just when we need them. I've had that experience many times. Great reason to memorize!|
|Posted by Dan Vis on 10/23/16|
|It is true, isn't it Becky Rich! God is so good to us--and memorizing His promises make that goodness even more real to us. Thanks for your comment!|
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