Monday, October 20, 2014

why we should memorize the Bible





So, you’ve realized by now that you are indeed a control freak. That’s okay, you're not alone. Welcome to the club.

And what’s even better, you don’t have to live this way. God has extended his offer of freedom to all of us controllers; to those who hold too tight, micromanage, nag our husbands, hound our children, and insist that the vacuuming is done in perfectly parallel lines.

But it’s often not as simple as just accepting it. The battle for control is a spiritual one; one where the enemy makes every effort to get us to think that we need to run the show, we know better, and we can help God get things done.

Since this is a spiritual battle, we must fight with spiritual weapons. God’s Word, found in the truth of the Bible, is one of the most powerful weapons we have. 

The quickest and most surefire way to use the word as a weapon is to memorize it. 

There is freedom available to us, freedom from the strongholds that bind us, freedom from the chains that keep us stagnant, freedom from everything that holds us back. 

God's word is our key to freedom. It unlocks the lies, destroys the plans of the enemy, and leads us on towards liberty. It is life and protection to us, a sword and a shield. Here now is your reminder that you have the tools you need to not only fight the battle, but win it. 

I have a hard time remembering this truth.

Daily I struggle, I fight on my own, or I let the lies of the enemy defeat me. I forget that I have a sure and steady weapon accessible to me. Most of the time I leave it in it’s sheath and I loose another fight. I’m awfully tired of that. God’s word is sure, God’s word is powerful, God’s word is my best protection, and God’s word is my best defense. 

What does this look like on a practical level?

When I find myself struggling with a particular aspect of control, I search the Bible for truth that counters the lie I’ve been believing. 

One verse that became my gateway to freedom was Isaiah 26:3. “You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.”

For me, fear was something that propelled me to control my circumstances. Behind the fear was a lack of trust in God and his ability to protect me. So when I feel fear and panic creeping in, I say this verse out loud. 

When I first started doing this fear had locked me so tight that I was only able to whisper it. But as time went on, freedom allowed me to declare the verse-loudly and with authority. It is a declaration to the enemy that I have no reason to fear, and that God had assured me perfect peace if I keep my thoughts squarely focused on him and his truth. The longer I repeat this truth, and replace it for my fearful and controlling thoughts, the more freedom I am able to walk in.



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Want to memorize Bible verses, but don't know where to start? Here are just a few for you to chew on:



Deuteronomy 8:3 for when we are tempted to do things our own way.

Deuteronomy 11:18-21 for when we see our kids struggling like we do.

Proverbs 30:5 for when the battle seems never-ending.

Psalm 119:45 for when freedom seems illusive.

Psalm 91 for when we are afraid, feeling defeated and in need of protection.

Come back Wednesday and I'll share some tips to Bible memorization.

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This is part of a month long series on Quitting the Legacy of Control, and putting an end to our control freak ways. Catch up on the rest of the posts hereor by clicking the button below.



2 comments:

  1. There really is no other way that leads to victory and freedom. Love that you're so honest about it all. How refreshing.

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  2. ". . . fear was something that propelled me to control my circumstances. Behind the fear was a lack of trust in God and his ability to protect me." Oh how familiar this is to me. But you are so right, recognizing that fear causes me to move into super control mode has been half the battle. The other half is speaking HIS truth every time it raises its ugly head. Good word here today, Gina.

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