Can you figure out the following riddle? What is vital for mental and emotional health and for spiritual well-being? You can take it with you everywhere without packing it in your purse or briefcase. It is accessible day and night. It permeates your subconscious and even your unconscious thoughts. It gives you a word to say to anyone, in season and out of season. It fills your heart and home with the best thoughts ever recorded. It saturates your personality, satiates the soul, and stockpiles the mind. It changes the atmosphere of every family and alters the weather forecast every day.
It takes one to ten minutes a day – whatever time you devote to it. It can be done in your bath, your bed, at your desk, driving down the road, or in an airplane. It can be done on the go, in traffic jams, while shaving, at sunup, or before bedtime. It can be done alone, with another person, or in groups. It is profitable whether you are in the nursery or in the nursing home.
It is a way of digging deep into the soul and planting the truth a little deeper in order to achieve a richer harvest. Losing it is like an explorer losing his map or a nation losing her constitution.
Have you figured it out yet? I am tempted to wait another week to give you the answer but I won’t. The answer is memorizing Scripture. It is one of the greatest things you can invest in. A verse learned goes into our memories and from there into our conscience and subconscious minds. From there it appears in the room of imagination, and it shows up in the way we live, think, feel, talk, act, and achieve. You are what you think. Have you considered taking the time to memorize Scripture?
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
- 2 Timothy 3:16-17
Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” - Matthew 4:4
Vickie and I have taken up the challenge to specifically focus on memorizing Scripture. Would you like to join us?
For the next several weeks, I will be focusing in on the benefits and reasons to memorize Scripture. Another discipline that we are going to start up again is corporate prayer. Beginning on Wednesday, September 13, we will begin our Front Row Ministry again. We will meet on Wednesdays from 6:30a to 7:30a in the Worship Center. Please plan to drop in to this midweek prayer time for our church families and our church influence.
“For as he thinks in his heart, so he is.” Proverbs 27:3 (NKJV)
Joy in Jesus!
Rev. Mike McClurg
Senior Pastor, Findlay First Church of the Nazarene