And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who is now at work in the sons of disobedience – among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. (Ephesians 2:1-3)
These are the verses that I am currently trying to memorize. My goal is to memorize Ephesians 2:1-10 by the end of this year so I still have a good ways to go. Ask me from time to time how I am doing.
Scripture memory is a forgotten discipline among believers. Yet I believe it is an awesome discipline to regularly practice if you want to grow to maturity in Christ.
There are at least 4 reasons why I believe this is true:
1) It will help you to triumph over sin. Psalm 119:9 says, “I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you”
2) It will help you to triumph over the evil one. When Jesus was tempted by Satan in the wilderness, he recited Scripture from memory and thwarted the schemes of the devil. (Matthew 4:1-11)
3) It will help you to encourage and comfort the saints. Proverbs 25:11 says, “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.”
4) It will help you to have a closer walk with God. Because His Word dwells within you, He can use it at any time to remind you things you need to know and He can use it to remind you of His awesome love for you.
Chuck Swindoll wrote in his book Growing Strong in the Seasons of Life …
I know of no other single practice in the Christian life more rewarding, practically speaking, than memorizing Scripture. . . . No other single exercise pays greater spiritual dividends! Your prayer life will be strengthened. Your witnessing will be sharper and much more effective. Your attitudes and outlook will begin to change. Your mind will become alert and observant. Your confidence and assurance will be enhanced. Your faith will be solidified.
I hope that as you grow up that you will make it a habit to memorize Scripture. I will be glad to help you as long as you are willing to help me as well.
By the way, ask your parents if they know the three keys to being able to successfully memorize Scripture. They should be able to tell you. If not, I did not do my job well.
Never forget that you are very loved!