The attacker moves toward me, I banish the attack with my sword! Because I have a scripture ready in my memory, I feel like a valiant knight prepared to whip out my sword and slay the forces of darkness with the Word of God! I believe that committing scripture to memory is a worthwhile discipline for every Christ-follower. Introducing: The 2018 Scripture Memory Challenge!
Now, don’t be groaning! It doesn’t have to be hard, there are tools we can use to make things more memorable. If you will accept the challenge to memorize just one verse a week throughout 2018. I will provide tools and hints to help you.
I think there are three valuable reasons to memorize scripture:It becomes a point of focus.
Making a conscious effort to focus on what God has to say is spending quality time with God. When you focus on His word, you let God do the talking while you do the listening and learning. Such total focus on God is worship my friend! Our worship pleases God! This focus helps us to avoid sin. “I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.” Psalm 119:11 (NLT)
Spiritual battles will come!
Most of the battles we face in life are spiritual, not physical, we need to be prepared with spiritual tools. Psalm 91: 4 tells us “His faithful promises are our armor and protection.” (NLT) And as Ephesians 6 describes the armor of God, it tells us that the Word of God is Sword the Spirit wields. (Ephesians 6:17) So, those who memorize verses are both protected and armed for battle.Most of the battles we face in life are spiritual, not physical, we need to be prepared with spiritual tools. #MemorizeGodsWord #SpiritualChallenge Click To Tweet
Provides a powerful testimony.
Christ-followers must be prepared to give an answer for the hope that is in us. (I Peter 3:15). What better answer could we possibly have than the powerful word of God? Hebrews 4:12 describes the word as powerful and effective. God’s word wins souls, it convicts and it convinces. Why not be instantly ready to use the word when you need it?God's word wins souls, it convicts and it convinces. Why not be instantly ready to use the word when you need it? #MemorizeGodsWord #SpiritualChallenge Click To Tweet
Here’s the plan for the Memory Challenge
Accept the challenge to memorize one scripture a week in 2018, I know you can do it because I will help you! Sign up now.
- Each month will focus on a theme. The verses for that month will point to the theme. Each theme will also come with a short devotion that will help us focus on the theme and understand the importance of the verses to us as Christ-followers.
- All verses will be in from the New Living Translation. This is a very conversational translation and should make memorizing the verses easier. Of course, if you choose to use another translation that is just fine!
- Enjoy periodic tips to make memorization easier.
- Sign up for my email list to receive a pdf each month. The file will be suitable to print and cut out a card for each week with your memory verse. You can carry the cards in your pocket or stick them up on your mirror and computer monitor so you will see them often. If you haven’t signed up, use the link in the sidebar to do so right away so you don’t miss out!
- Watch for other special things for those who subscribe by email. I will post the monthly verses on the blog but email subscribers will get extras!
Take a moment to challenge a friend to join you as you accept the challenge? We can all use accountability partners and encouragers as we set out on this journey as valiant warriors in the fight against the forces of darkness!Join me as we memorize God's word together in 2018. #MemorizeGodsWord #SpiritualChallenge Click To Tweet
Watch for the January verses on January 1, 2018.