Saturday, January 3, 2009

Hiding His Word in our Hearts

This is the post that I originally intended for New Year's Eve. Unfortunately, I had computer problems and by the time I figured out what was wrong and had replaced my modem it was late and I was frustrated and couldn't think clearly. Even today there has been some sort of glitch and I lost my draft twice. It has taken me four days to get this posted. I really think that the enemy does not care if this particular posts survives or not. It is about Scripture and we all know that Scripture is the only offensive weapon in our arsenal against the enemy.

For the past several months God has been speaking to me about not knowing enough Scripture. I love His word and am familiar with it, but I have not memorized a lot of it. I can recall it, but sometimes not completely or correctly and I sometimes have trouble remembering the address. So He has directed me to learn one new Scripture each week. I am to memorize it and meditate on it and soak it up until it is completely engraved on my heart. The really neat thing is that God has been speaking to other women about this also. I have read several blogs and spoke with several women face to face that God has also impressed upon the need for Scripture memorization. On Beth Moore's blog over 3,000 women have committed to learning Scripture this year.

In an earlier blog entry I posted this quote from Adrian Roger's devotional "What Every Christian Ought to Know Day by Day": "I want you to learn how to study your Bible, to make it burst aflame in your hand. Knowledge is power in any realm, whether business, athletics, or theology. But nowhere is it more true than in relation to the Word of God. So since it's true that knowledge carries so much power, we need the knowledge of the Word of God in order to have spiritual power."

Can you imagine how much more effective we can be as Christian women if we are continually living and breathing the Holy Word of God? We can have spiritual power! "For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart." Hebrews 4:12 (NIV).

In Psalm 119 David speaks so beautifully about God's Word and it's benefit to us:

  • His Word is eternal (v.89)
  • His laws endure to this day (v.91)
  • His Word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path v.105)
  • His statutes are wonderful (v.129)
  • All His Words are true (v.160)

Priscilla Shirer says in her Bible Study Discerning the Voice of God that by reading Scripture we delight ourselves in God and should expect to learn something new about our God and discover His personality.

My verse for this week is Zephaniah 3:17: The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.

My prayer for anyone reading this blog is that God will give you the desire to know more of His precious Word in the coming year. We can be spiritually powerful women.

Life is Good,



Leah said...

I am there with you. I believe that there is a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit in our time and this is just one of the results. An increase in Bible study, scripture memorization, and women hungry for Him. May Jesus be pleased with our efforts.


Lora said...

I so want to live and breathe the Word of God too Cindy! It is real and powerful and sharper than a two edged sword! So glad you are joining in memorizing - the accountability has really helped me.
Blessed New Year!

Cathryn said...

Hey Cindy ~ a great post on scripture memorization. I admit I greatly struggle with it ~ with my fibro and thyroidism fog. It is a double whammy. I used to could remember/memorize whatever I wanted to. But I read something recently on the blog of an older lady that she reads and rereads the scripture. While she may not be able to memorize that verse she is very familiar with it. That is what I need to do myself. Thank you for speaking truth. Blessings ~ Cathryn

Cathryn said...

Hey There, I forgot to tell you that I have chosen you to receive a special blog award. I hope you will go to my blog and check it out. You deserve it. Blessings ~ Cathryn

Gina@Chats With An "Old Lady" said...

I wanted to invite you to stop by and take part in my Friday sharing time...come by and share what you are learning from God's Word! I'd love it if you can take part in our Friday sharing group!

amyw said...

Awesome post.