What do you do when you find your mind is roiling, churning, restless… When stress and circumstances are overwhelming? I have several Bible verses that I ‘go to’ and think about to calm those thoughts that just will not stop.
I challenge you to commit at least 10 Scriptures to memory. To those of you who have already done that, do more. The calming effect this will have on your mind, soul, and spirit is almost like being cradled in His arms.
Abba, Father, open our hearts, minds, and souls to Your Word. Place in each of us a great desire to know more and more of You each day.
Over the years it has become very important to me to memorize scripture. The value of doing this is without measure. There is more to memorizing scripture than just the words. It is really necessary to know what it means and to find ways to apply it to your life. Years ago I determined to find a way to both memorize and give it meaning. Using a journal specifically set apart for this method this is what I do:
Write it down…not just read it but write it down.
Think about it…what words stand out, why did I choose this verse, does it have a connection to my life circumstances, will it have an impact on my future?
Determine what God is trying to tell me.
How can I apply this to my life, my family, my career…
Pray about it. Give it back to God while conversing with Him.
Pay attention to life circumstances. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve memorized a verse then been made aware of it in the day to day ‘stuff’ of life.
Here are 7 scriptures that I have found to be very beneficial.
We are told, very clearly, in Psalm 119:11 why we need to memorize His Word (or hide it in our hearts, if you will). It’s so we have a constant supply of God-given inspiration and information to keep us from sinning.
I do hope you are memorizing His Word. Let me know what you’ve planted in your heart in the comments. Perhaps you’ve memorized something that I need to add to my ‘arsenal’.
Listen! Can you hear Me? Do you know the sound of My voice? Hey you! Paying total attention to someone requires all of everything we have focused on the One who is speaking. Eyes on theirs. Ears hearing every nuance of the words. Mind totally focused on the subject. It’s hard but it’s worth it!
Solomon was giving some fatherly advice in Proverbs 4:20-22 when he said:
Dear friend, listen well to my words; tune your ears to my voice. Keep My message in plain view at all times. Concentrate! Learn it by heart! Those who discover these words live, really live; body and soul, they’re bursting with health. (The Message)
Do you know the voice of God? Adam and Eve did. When He called to them in the garden they knew right away that it was Him. (Genesis 3:8-9) We know certain people’s voices even when we’re not looking at them, at a distance, in a crowded room, anywhere. God wants us to know His voice in every place and circumstance. How do we hear His voice? By knowing His Word. Yes, memorizing it! Thinking about it! Reading it!
So, what do we get out of it? A body and soul that’s healthy, really healthy. The roadmap to living. Not just breathing in and out but a life that is fully aware of all that is going on around us and answers to the hard questions. It’s all there. All in the Bible. All we have to do is open the book and start reading and memorizing.
Father, You and You alone are all that matter. Your Word is my life guide, my way to knowing You. Open my heart and mind to every word. You have breathed every single word so I can know You and what You want of Your child. Thank YOU!