Why is memorizing Scripture so vital? Well, there are many many reasons, books could be written on this topic, but today I would like to share with you just one of the reasons why memorizing Scripture is important in our spiritual walks.
Here it is: Memorizing Scriptures can be used to defeat lies.
We live in a world where Satan roams about seeking whom he may devour. In John 8 it says that Satan is the father of all lies. The same way he lied to Eve in the garden is the same way he is still spreading lies today. Living in a fallen world, it is very easy to get caught up in listening and believing in these lies.
But God is the opposite of Satan. God is Truth. In 1 John 1 it says, “God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.” In Him, there is hope. We can go to him for the answers and we can go to Him to know what is true.
And thankfully, God has given us a very tangible way to do that – His Word. In John 17:17 Jesus prays to the Father for the believers saying, “Sanctify them by Your truth; Your Word is Truth.” God has revealed His truth in His Word. Everything that we need to know about life and godliness is in His Word. He has provided us the answers! Praise the Lord!
When we take the time to read His Word, study it and memorize it, it will produce fruit in our lives. Memorizing is a way that we can speak truth into our own hearts, meditate on it and then go live out the truth in our lives.
So in light of this, I have a challenge for you. Pick six verses this month and commit them to memory. Try to pick verses that you can use to fight the lies that you are dealing with in your own life. Commit the verses to memory and speak those truths into your heart.
If you do not know where to start, here are six verses that I have picked dealing with the love of God.
- 1 John 4:16 – And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.
- Psalm 86:15 – But you, LORD, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.
- Jeremiah 31:3 – The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.
- Romans 8:37-39 – No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our LORD.
- John 13:34-35 – A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
- Galatians 2:20 – I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Written by NBB Alumna: Bekah Leary