We can often wonder, what’s the point of memorising the Bible? Just reading the Bible can be tough but having to actually memorise it can seem a bridge too far.
But when we know the Word of God we gain the capacity to use it. Memorising scripture can change your life.
When Jesus was tempted three times by satan he used scripture every time to overcome him – nothing else. It’s a powerful weapon against the enemy and it’s only through knowing the word that we can learn how to USE it properly.
Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks (Luke 6:45). The tongue has the power of life and death (Proverbs 18:21). Speaking out scripture is an amazing way to speak life into situations. It’s so easy to complain, grumble or join in the pity party with others. But when our hearts are filled with the life giving Word of God it will automatically start to flow out of us.
I’ve shared before about how to use scripture to overcome fear in this post here. We all face the facts of life, but when we know the word of God we can combat it with the truth. Truth will always win against fact – that’s how faith works.
Speaking out scripture can change our thoughts and emotions when we start to use scripture to activate our faith.
But there’s more to it than just memorising words on a page. Anybody can read the Bible and memorise scripture. So often I see people who can quote scripture in any conversation or situation, but they don’t know how to actually apply it to their lives and take it from knowledge to faith.
This is what can make reading the Bible so difficult. Because if we’re just reading for the sake of knowing what it says then there’s no joy or purpose. It’s like learning to spell but never writing a sentence. Without knowing how to apply the knowledge it is rendered useless.
This is where the Holy Spirit comes in. We need the Spirit to bring understanding and revelation to the Bible, otherwise it just doesn’t make sense (1 Cor. 2:13-16). This is what makes the word of God come alive in us. Suddenly you understand what God is saying and exactly how to apply the scripture to your life or current situation – you’ve just had a revelation and it’s life changing.
Suddenly the lights go on and we see things in a completely different way. Our focus is on Jesus and that’s when things start to really change in our life.
I would love to know how you learn scripture and if you have a favourite verse than share it in the comments.
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