Based in St. Cloud, Minnesota, Growing in Grace is a blog by Pastor Matthew Molesky. His posts explore the Bible, theology, ecclesiology, culture, books, family, and life.

It's Not Too Late to Start Memorizing This Year

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One of the best ways to strengthen your faith is to exercise the muscle of your mind, and commit portions of the Holy Scriptures to memory. And while big chunks are very helpful, if you haven't memorized the Bible before, the most successful way to form the habit is to ingest smaller portions.

Where to start? The Fighter Verse program. 

Fighter Verses are designed to provide 5 years of passages to memorize (one per week), chosen for their particular ability to help you fight the daily fight of faith. You can buy a hard copy, or use the app, which allows you to test yourself and set the passage as your home screen (among many other features).

By way of example, take a look at the first four passages for 2014:

      Fear not, for I am with you; 

      be not dismayed, for I am your God; 

                  I will strengthen you, I will help you, 

      I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (Is. 41:10, ESV)

 

      “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; 

      I have called you by name, you are mine. 

            2       When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; 

      and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; 

                  when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, 

      and the flame shall not consume you. 

            3       For I am the LORD your God, 

      the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.  (Is. 43:1-3, ESV)

 

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (Jn. 14:6, ESV)

 

14 And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all. 15 See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone. 16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing...(1 Thess. 5:14-17, ESV)

Imagine that you feel distant from God.

Isn't it restorative to know that Jesus has made a way for you to the Father? (John 14:6)

Imagine you are buffeted by doubt, and assailed by fear.

Do you see how your mind and heart would be informed by some key passages from Isaiah?

Imagine that you are wondering how to "encourage the fainthearted, and help the weak" friend who is in your life, and you are unsure what to say.

How about giving them passages from John and Isaiah that you have already placed in your mind, and are available to provide, even if a physical Bible is not at hand?

I hope that you will hide God's Word in your heart this year. For the help and benefit of your own soul, and for the souls of those around you.

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