Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – September 30, 2016
I took the little scroll from the angel’s hand and ate it. It tasted as sweet as honey in my mouth, but when I had eaten it, my stomach turned sour. Revelation 10:10
Scripture memory is a spiritual growth plan against sin, Satan and self. It is also His primary method of conforming us into the image of His son Jesus Christ. We all are privileged to renew our minds with the truth of Scripture and to cleanse our hearts with the purifying Word of God. Perhaps we commit to memory a verse a week related to what we are experiencing in life. Over the course of a year we will hide fifty-two nuggets of spiritual nourishment within our soul. “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you” (Psalm 119:11).
Similar to Ezekiel (2:9, 3:1-3), John is instructed to eat the scroll (God’s word)—it will taste sweet to him, but to his hearers who have to stomach the Lord’s judgment—it will taste sour to their souls. Sorrow and suffering are not a popular message of this messenger, yet God’s man had been living out the reality of being rejected for the testimony of Jesus. He experienced the application and transformation of God’s word.
“The Lord continued to appear at Shiloh, and there he revealed himself to Samuel through his word” (1 Samuel 3:21).
The Lord reveals Himself through His word. We increasingly desire to know God, love God and obey God, as His word makes its way into the crevices of our character. We are conformed by the character of Christ as we mature in our understanding of the Word made flesh. Yes, we grow in our love for the Word as we grow in our love for Jesus since He was the Word revealed on earth. God’s secret weapon of scripture memory grows us into the likeness of Christ.
We are wise to see scripture memory as a blessing not a burden. Be creative. We can listen to God’s word as we commute to work, exercise or do chores around the house. Yes, we follow Jesus’ example when we seamlessly say to Satan, “It is written.” God’s word written on our hearts through memorization and meditation equips us to stand strong in Him. The spiritual growth plan of hiding His word is used by seasoned saints who deeply know and love the Lord.
“How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word” (Psalm 119:9).
PrayerHeavenly Father, help me hide Your word in my heart that I might know You, love You and obey You.
ApplicationWhat Scripture memory system can I begin to employ with another friend?
Related ReadingPsalm 19:14; Jeremiah 15:16; Matthew 4:1-11; John 1:14; Ephesians 6:17
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