“Sanctify the Lord of hosts himself; and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread. … Bind up the testimony, seal (mark) the law among my disciples.” Isaiah 8:13, 16
In the above Bible text, did you notice how sanctification, fearing God, and sealing the law – the words – of God in our hearts go hand in hand? There’s a New Testament verse which ties fearing the LORD and learning His Word together also.
“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.” 1 Peter 3:15
If you are a disciple of Christ, your goal should be to have Scripture memorized in order to be equipped to “give an answer to every” single person who you meet who has questions – saved and unsaved.
Every answer to man’s questions and problems are given to us in Holy Scripture. – “ALL things that pertain unto life and godliness.” (2 Peter 1:3-4) Are you learning them for your own life and the lives of others?
Memorizing His Words means you are humbled under His mighty hand and allowing the Almighty to speak for Himself. Jesus quoted the Scriptures (Matthew 4, etc.). Are you following His example or relying on self? Repentance needed. It’s HIS Word that never returns back void to Him and always accomplished His will, right? (Isaiah 55:11)
If Christ is truly sanctified (set apart as supreme, ultimate priority) in our hearts, we are diligently desiring, studying, learning, memorizing, and communicating His blessed Word. We are being armed for giving an answer from His Precepts to those He blesses us to speak with.
Memorizing the words of the LORD make them then readily available to share with others.
Are you a threat to the kingdom of darkness?
Is your name on hell’s hit list?
We can’t possibly be dangerous if we’re not intentionally armed.
The memorization of Holy Scripture places within the hand of the disciple a violent, offensive weapon of spiritual warfare!
God wants you to be His arsenal.
To get armed and therefore be dangerous, you must get into God’s Word. As you get into God’s Word, God’s Word will get into you. Learn of Him beloved. Doctrinal exactness is essential. Solomon spoke of “every word of God is pure” and Jesus told us that “man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God..” (Proverbs 30:5; Luke 4:4)
As you seek His face today, may our LORD Jesus grant your heart to desire, hunger and thirst for, and to long for more of Him.
“As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby.” 1 Peter 2:2
“Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.” Matthew 5:6
The true follower of Christ is seeking the LORD’s face and growing daily, getting on fire with Jesus, worshiping Him in spirit and in truth, learning His Word, desiring more of His presence, and not woefully backslidden and “at ease Zion.” (Amos 6:1) No, instead, he desperately desires and drinks in the Words of God in order to know the LORD and be ready to give God’s answer to others. He knows he’s in a war and he prepares his weapon. – “the sword of the Spirit is the word of God.” (Ephesians 6:17)
Are you preparing?
Are you memorizing Holy Scripture?
What in your life could possibly be more important than loving, worshiping, and speaking the words of the LORD Jesus? What in your life could possibly be MORE important than learning and memorizing the Words of the One you claim to love?
Are there idols?
How long shall all or any one thing be more important to you than the Maker and Redeemer of your soul?
Are you ready to cease being speechless and unarmed with Bible truth? If so, here’s a tip: When you see or hear a Bible truth, immediately seize it – capture it in your mind by putting it on an index card with reference (chapter and verse). Refuse to allow that truth to get away from you. Capture it on the spot!
Are you fed up with not being very useful for the Master? Well, there is a remedy in Him – in getting His Word into your heart and mind so you can with His wisdom skillfully wield “the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God.” (Ephesians 6:17)
HOW MANY OF THESE 10 BIBLE QUESTIONS CAN YOU PERSONALLY ANSWER?
Saints, there are many novices speaking out. They have little to no foundation in God’s Word and yet feign to be experts on certain topics that come up. We need to shut our ignorant mouths about any topic we do not have a thorough BIBLICAL knowledge of through personal study of God’s Word. Also, as mere students of Christ, we should approach the Bible and learning with utter humility. The LORD made us with 2 EARS and just 1 MOUTH. This must mean He desires that we listen twice as much as we speak.
BIBLE LITERACY SERIES
Becoming “Mighty in the Scriptures” Acts 18:24
Drudgery or Joy?
One disciple recently sent me the following in an email:
“I need to get past feeling that I need to quote “check the box” and read my chapters and be done. I miss genuinely communing with the Lord. I don’t know what’s happened, but the last 2 or 3 days have been harder for me. I am still praying throughout the day and praising and singing, but I miss being in the Word for hours. I just don’t have the time to do so, which is why I love your audios cause I can listen to them while I do other stuff.” A.S.
I sure understand. Being in God’s Word first thing in the morning and carrying index cards with Scripture written on them will help you be fed all day long! Remember the words resilience, flexibility, and adaptability … look these up ….. every day and season are unique … Jesus wants us to learn to bask in His presence, love, fear, and truth no matter what. All these things are in His Word specifically. Also, read and memorize Proverbs 3:33 – “he blesseth the habitation of the just.” … “the habitation of the just” is WHEREever that justified servant of His is ….. worshiping Him in spirit and in truth is the key (John 4:23-24)! Seek His face unrelentingly!
Studying God’s Word must never become drudgery but rather joy. Here’s one to memorize:
“Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O Lord God of hosts.” Jeremiah 15:16
Prepared Unto Every Good Work (audio)
A Few Success Stories – God’s People Getting into His Word
“I was able to get up this morning and have an hour and a half in the Word! I was so happy! My dad goes to work at 8 so if I’m up at 7 we can read and talk in the morning while we drink our coffee, but previously I never got up that early, but now my body clock is starting to get used to getting up at 7. Praise the Lord! I’m so happy that I got that time in, and I can’t wait to conquer my day :)” Abigail S.
I bet you feel refreshed inside by the washing of the water of His Word amen ….. Personally I feel so much better when getting up earlier ….
“Good morning! Thank you. Just woke up and I’m going to start my commitment to read the Bible and memorize the scripture as if I’ll never have access to that verse again.” Mark J.
That’s exactly the approach the LORD would give us. Bibles will be forbidden in the not too distant future. How much of it will we have in memory by then depends on what we do with it now. – “Let thine heart RETAIN my words.” (Proverbs 4:4)
The LORD is calling His people to put Him first – by getting up early and seeking His face. The hour is late and the wise virgins are getting and keeping their vessels full. The foolish virgins whom Christ once saved have allowed “the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lust of other things” to choke out the Word and are now backslidden. The Bridegroom (Jesus) is now a second class citizen in their lives. See Matthew 25:1-13. – “And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.” (Mark 4:19)
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