Hide the Words in Your Heart

Memorizing scripture is what many of us learn to do from an early age. When I was a teenager I questioned why we were always memorizing verses but not really doing anything with them other than having contests to see who could recite the most verses from memory.

It wasn’t until I was older that I realized the importance of doing this. All throughout the bible, we are told how vital it is to know the word and live by the word. It is through reading over and again that we are able to memorize the word and truly hide it in our hearts like David talked about in Psalm 119:11.

In today’s world, it seems we Christians are always fighting for our faith. So many people want to rid the world of anything resembling Christianity, and there are already countries where it is illegal to read from a bible. By memorizing scripture and hiding those words in your heart, no one can ever take your bible away.

Click the link below to read more about a pastor in China who was imprisoned and how the scriptures he memorized as a young adult helped him stay sane and kept his faith strong.

Freedom to Memorize Scripture

Those Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Moments

Have you ever had one of those terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days? It seems like those are the times I feel defeated, broken, inadequate, disappointed in myself, and discouraged, and it’s so much easier for me to let my emotions take control of my actions.

My poor family gets to experience the brunt of these emotional outbursts because I try desperately to hold it in at work or in group settings. It doesn’t even matter what they do or say, but it seems I explode on the first person to say or do something that hits me the wrong way. Again I’ll say, “My poor family.”

This is something I’m working on, and it is definitely a baby-step work in progress.

Last Friday, I had one of those days. I honestly didn’t know what to do other than cry.

When I have days, or seasons, where things are just not going as planned, I find myself trying to use scripture to study whatever it is I’m going through.

Years ago, I had a very lengthy process to find scripture that speaks to me in those desperate times. If I had trouble with those feelings of defeat and inadequacy, I would look up anything I could in the Bible’s concordance regarding self-image, negative feelings about self, etc. Then, I would study all the scripture referenced and cross reference it with other scripture, and the process could drag on for days. I would usually get overwhelmed and give up after a while.

It wasn’t until a few years back that I realized there’s a much simpler way to dig into scripture during those terrible, horrible, no good, very bad moments in my life.

Just Google It!

It’s so easy to do this. Enter whatever topic you’re wanting to find scripture for. For example, I might enter, “Scripture when feeling defeated,” and get the following:

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The first result gives a “dynamite” scripture to memorize and remember during moments where you’re feeling defeated.  The scripture is:

Isaiah 41:10
Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.
 Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you.  I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. (NLT)

I encourage you to use this simple tool in times where you feel yourself coming “unglued” or needing encouragement for things you are facing. God wants to deliver all of us from the emotions that take control of our actions. He wants our words to glorify him, but if you’re like me, I can assure you your words do anything but glorify him in those raw emotional moments.

Have you ever Googled your problems to find scripture to help you through them? If not, try it this week. Write down the scriptures you find and place them somewhere you’ll see them regularly. I like to write scriptures and encouraging words on the bathroom mirror for myself and my family to see first thing in the morning.

This is a great addition to what we talked about last week with Praying Dangerously.

Restart Your Goals

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With every new year there typically come new goals we set in our lives. We want to start or restart something in order to better ourselves. Some of us write our goals out or create a “bucket list” of things we want to do throughout the year.

What types of goals do you set for yourself?

In a study I’m currently going through called Restart, I found myself convicted when hit with one of the questions. As you look at your goals for life, is understanding and living according to God’s Word at the top of the list?

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You know what? I can say I absolutely have a desire to understand and live according to God’s Word. I can say I absolutely try to understand and live according to God’s Word . . . most of the time. But I can’t say that I have ever written this out as priority, or as any number, on my list of goals. Maybe that’s why I try to do it most of the time.

I feel like it’s a given, so I don’t give it a second thought when I’m considering upcoming goals. What I realize, though, is those goals I’ve written – in ink – are always in front of me as a reminder of what I’m striving for. I remember that my goal is, say, to complete the online course I started creating last year, so during “free” time, I make sure I’m working on getting code written and tests made for said course.

There have been times in my life where I’ve found myself going days without ever cracking open the Word or talking to God. Why? Because I was too busy working on that goal I set for myself – the one I thought was important enough to write down and even prioritize on my goals list.

I find I’m living less according to God’s Word when more days go by without communicating with him through prayer or reading.

This question reminds me that #1 on my list of goals should always be reflective of what I want my spiritual walk to be. If creating an online course is important enough to write down, why would I ever think my time with God isn’t?