Here are some thoughts I put together some time ago on:
8 reasons why adults should memorise scripture as well…
Too often Scripture memory has been seen as something grown ups left behind in Sunday School. As I promised last night here is a list of reasons for memorising Scripture. Watch this space as more may follow…
- Scripture memory makes Scriptural meditation possible. Memorisation is not in itself mediation, but makes meditation or ‘chewing over’ the Scriptures in our minds a possibility at any time of the day or night.Psa 1:2 ….but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.
- Scripture memory puts us in the place where we can be transformed by the renewal of our minds. Rom 12:2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
- The word of God is ‘the sword of the Spirit’, an essential part of our Christian equipment. When we memorise key passages of Scripture then we are sure that we carry the ‘sword’ at all times.Eph 6:13,17 Therefore take up the whole armour of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. ….. and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God…
- Scripture memory is obedience to the command to “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly” AND
- Scripture memory will equip us to lovingly and usefully teach, encourage and when necessary admonish one another.Col 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
- Memorised scripture was Jesus’ chief means of defence in his period of temptation.Mat 4:4 But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.'”
Mat 4:7 Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.'”
Mat 4:10 Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written, “‘You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.'”
- Storing up the word in our hearts is an effective strategy against sin.Psa 119:11 I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.
Scripture memory can help us to be ready to give a reason for the hope that is in us.
1Pe 3:15 but in your hearts regard Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defence to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you;
Of course effective personal evangelism is not usually effective if it involves reciting as many texts as possible! Well used scripture is of huge value however, because it is the word of God itself that is able make people “wise for salvation.”
2Ti 3:15 and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.