Posted on January 20, 2020 by Catey Stover in Freedom Fighters
For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. 8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 1:5-8
Good morning, and welcome to a new week of Freedom Fighters. We sure do appreciate you being a part of this special family of brothers.
I have been working on memorizing our theme verse for 2020 and have been amazed at how many places it is popping up. Dr. David Jeremiah’s latest book is based on these verses.
I recently preached a message at a church in Ft. Myers, Florida, and one of the points addressed spiritual disciplines. One of the disciplines is memorizing God’s Word.
When was the last time you memorized God’s Word? Just one verse?
Dr. John Piper shared 8 benefits of memorizing the Word of God:
- Memorizing scripture makes meditation possible at times when you can’t be reading the Bible, and meditation is the key to understanding the Bible.
- Memorizing scripture strengthens my faith, and that happens when I am hearing scripture in my head.
- Memorizing scripture shapes the way I view the world by conforming my mind to God’s viewpoint on everything.
- Memorizing scripture makes God’s Word more accessible for overcoming sin.
- Memorizing scripture guards my mind, making it easier to detect error in the world.
- Memorizing Scripture enables me to hit Satan in the face with a force that he cannot resist.
- Memorizing Scripture provides the strongest and sweetest words for ministering to others in need.
- Memorizing scripture provides the matrix for fellowship with Jesus because he talks with me here and nowhere else!!!
One of the ways to add knowledge to goodness, as referenced in our memory verse, is to hide God’s Word in our hearts. You will be amazed at how the Holy Spirit will bring back to your mind verses you have committed to memory.
Here is a link to the verses that our staff is memorizing this year related to our theme, Destination Holiness: Set Apart for More. If you’d like a hard copy, email me, and I will forward it to you.
Set apart for more,
Bill Welte, President/CEO
Written by Bill Welte, President/CEO of America’s Keswick: Bill has been married to his childhood sweetheart for 40+ years and has four married kids and 11 amazing grandkids. He loves music and is an avid reader.
Think About This: “The Bible in the memory is better than the Bible in the bookcase.” Charles Spurgeon
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is [d]for you, but you should rule over it.” -Genesis 4:7
Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the doctrinal and theological views held by America’s Keswick.