When I attended a Sword of the Spirit workshop and heard the book of Philippians quoted from memory I wept the entire time because of the power of the Word. I went home resolved to memorize for myself. Although learning John 14 was a real struggle, I found it to be a life changing experience. The Word came alive in my heart and life. Even though I had been a Christian since early childhood, I discovered a new dimension to my Christian experience that was completely unknown to me. Even the deep, intensive nature of inductive Bible study (with two hours of homework each night) didn't compare with the power of the Word written on my heart as I memorized it and came to experience more of the very heart of my God.
When first challenged to memorize Scripture by chapter, I was interested although afraid of failing. But, wow! It wasn't hard at all! It was exciting! It was powerful! I enjoyed it! My biggest problem was getting the verse(s) written on 3x5 cards and posted on my microwave. The memory part was fun. I wish people knew what they were missing by not memorizing God's Holy Word. Reading and studying it is great, but there is so much more.
I started to memorize Scripture by chapter and book five years ago after hearing an S.O.S. presentation. Even though I had been a Christian for many years I have grown spiritually more than I ever dreamed possible! The Word of the Lord has truly become the foundation of my faith. I encourage anyone who desires a closer walk with the Savior to begin by memorizing Scripture in its full context.
Although our family had been memorizing random verses for several years, it was not until we heard an S.O.S. presentation and began memorizing in context that the Word really started to take root in our lives. This has given us direction as a family, and taught us much about how the Lord would have us live. Our family now has a common language to use as we look to Him for answers and guidance.
When I started memorizing Psalm 119 it penetrated my life in new ways. The strong emphasis on God's precepts and laws has made me determined to stand strong on His Word in every situation. Even though we were strapped financially, I saw the need to give up clients who demanded that I compromise my Christian stand. When my husband recently endured two heart attacks, I was rivetted to the Word for strength and assurance.
I always knew I should memorize Scripture but could never get around to it. Then came the S.O.S. challenge and I decided to memorize the first chapter of II Timothy. But when I started memorizing, I couldn't stop. In the next six months I finished the entire book. After memorizing II Timothy, I went on to memorize Ephesians, Philippians and Colossians. The excitement of watching God work and speak through His Word is too wonderful. And the blessings of hiding His Word in my heart are too great to enumerate.
(From Honduras) I have experienced something truly special by memorizing the Scripture. My life is different now, my friends and family give testimony of that, and I don't want to go back to my old life (before discovering your message). Praise the Lord for your life and your ministry.
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