By: Darrelyn L. TuttSusan is a remarkable strategist.Brilliant, effective, provoking, and dynamic, she is an indispensable company fixture from the moment she steps into the workplace.Small wonder that corporate companies seize on her and seek out opportunities for contact with her.Susan doesn't question the value of integrating strategy into her spiritual life but she bulks at the arena called "memorization.""Why should I memorize when I have the Bible at my fingertips" she challenges me.I want to say ... but I don't say,"Because one day you may not have the Bible at your fingertips."Three provoking "counters" are offered in response.Consider them carefully, dear Reader, and adjust your spiritual life accordingly.-------1) Jesus memorized. Scripture was the weapon of choice Jesus used in battle.He didn't utilize a cell phone or Bible Gateway in His time of need.He used the words of His Father and employed the word of the Father as His ready source for "recall" in His time of need.Whether He was countering Satan, the Pharisees, the crowds, or the magistrates, Scripture remained the "go to" and source of enablement affording Jesus victory."But He answered and said, 'It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Father.'"Matthew 4:4 This should be reason enough.------2) We are called to memorize.The Scripture provides us with a blueprint for living life; and memorization of it remains of inestimable value.Reprioritize your time, dear Reader, and incorporate the memorization of Scripture into it.Be deliberate, resolute, and strategic about it.You will be amazed at the strength and confidence garnered in this discipline."Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in Psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord."Colossians 3:16------3) Memorization leads to transformation.Scripture remains the purest, truest, most undefiled, unadulterated word there is.The man who soaks in it and allows it to saturate in him will possess a sacred wisdom uncontended.He will prove solidified and strengthened through it ... and he will live a different life as a result.Renewal and cleansing are byproducts of memorization and meditation."And be ye not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God."Romans 12:2------Below, and for the Reader's benefit, I've employed a "A-Z" Bible memory strategy for viewing and possible consideration.Try it out or develop a method of your own.GET SOME FIRE IN THE WIRE!Be strategic, earnest, and deliberate in the discipline of memorization.One day you'll thank God you took the time.-----A-Z ... Jesus and Me:All we like sheep ….. Isaiah 53:6But seek ye first ….. Matt. 6:33Call unto me ….. Jer. 33:3Delight thyself, also ….. Ps. 37:4Every man’s work ….. 1 Cor. 3:13For the wages ….. Romans 6:23Great peace …… Psalm 119:165Holding forth …… Phil. 2:16Is not My word …. Jer.23:29Jesus answered and saith ….. Matt. 22:29Knowing this first ….. 2 Peter 1:19-20Let the word of Christ ….. Col.3:16Mark the perfect ….. Psalm 37:37Now unto Him that is able to do exceedingly…... Eph.3:20Open thou mine eyes ….. Psalm 119:18Preach the word ….. 2 Timothy 4:2Quicken me after ….. Psalm 119:88Righteous art Thou …. Psalm 119:137So shall My word be ….. Isaiah 55:11Thy words were found …. Jer. 15:16Unto thee I lift up mine eyes …. Psalm 123:1Verily, verily, I say unto ….. John 6:47What? Know ye not that your body …. 1Cor.6:19-20eXalt ye the Lord ….. Psalm 99:5Ye are the light …… Matt. 5:14Zion heard and was glad ….. Psalm 97:8-------
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