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If you have decided to store God’s Word, there are a couple of things you might do to further your journey into God’s Word.  The first suggestion is to write it down.  Sometimes writing things down helps your memory process to recall things.  Another option is to ask somebody you know to quiz you on whatever you have stored up.


Some benefits form memorizing, or storing up, God’s Word:


1)  Knowing Scripture by heart enables you to meditate on the Word anywhere,

any time.  David often spoke of meditating on God “in the night

watches” (Ps. 63:6-8).  I don’t think he poured over a scroll at those

moments.  I’m certain he replayed in his mind words he’d long ago

memorized, perhaps even composed himself.  One man I know likes to

meditate on God’s Word while shaving.  Another does it on his way to

work.  A woman friend meditates while jogging.  They can meditate at

those times because the Word is written on their hearts.  This is

accomplished only through rigorous memorization.


2)  It’s a key to walking in the Spirit.  The first is Eph. 5:18-21, the passage about

being filled with the Spirit.  The other is Col. 3:16-17.  Interestingly

enough, both passages refer to the results of a certain action -- “Speak to

one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs,” and “giving

thanks for all things.”  But the preceding actions in each section are

different.  In Ephesians, it’s “Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to

debauchery.  Instead, be filled with the Spirit.  Speak to one another”

(Eph. 5:18).  In Colossians, Paul’s dictum is, “Let the Word of Christ

dwell in you richly” (Col. 3:16).  Do you get the idea that being “filled

with the Spirit” and “letting God’s Word dwell in you richly” could be

closely related?  If that is true, then memorizing God’s Word gives the

Spirit the power to lead, guide, challenge, and instruct us.  Like a

maestro at the piano, He is enabled to play upon our spirits and remind

us of the truths of God in every situation of the day.


3)  The Spirit can apply the Word you have memorized to a particular situation.

The key to applying God’s Word is learning to apply it according to its

meaning and context.  If you read the story of the temptation of Jesus in

the wilderness in Mt. 4:1-11, it’s awe-inspiring to see Him quote

Scripture to the devil.  In each situation Jesus chose precisely the words

that applied to His need and specific circumstances.  I once heard John

MacArthur say, “Whenever I think about sinning, the Spirit hits me with

six verses against it.  I can’t just sin anymore and enjoy it.  I know too

much Scripture.”  People who sink deep roots in the Word are not blown

over by gusts.

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