Lionheart, I’ll get right to the point with this one. One tried and true way to take control of your life in 2016 is to memorize Scripture.
Nope, don’t click that exit button. Believe me, you’re gonna need this hack to finally trump those self-sabotaging habits keeping you stuck.
Now, I didn’t say to just read or browse the Word – but me.mo.rize.
Too many of us only scroll through a-verse-a-day on Instagram and wonder why we lack the same authority as those wielding the Word like a sword. Let’s change that.
I know from experience that I gain crazy clarity after writing down verses that speak to the situation I’m in. And I become noticeably confident when I take it a step further to meditate on them DAILY.
Still, nothing compares to the results witnessed when I can snapback at my flesh or circumstance instantly – because I committed to memory what Jesus already declared on an issue (instead of waiting to access my Bible).
For example, when lust tries to convince me that returning to masturbation will help me feel good in a rough season, I remind myself OUT LOUD that,
“’I have the right to do anything’ but I will not be mastered by anything” -1 Corinthians 6:12.
This is one of many references that I keep loaded in my mental gun to readily defend my walk of purity.
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Practicing Scripture memorization will help you tell your time, talent, and money what to do with less apologies. Friend, it’s time to know in detail what was promised so you don’t settle for less this year. Below are a few picks from last week’s blog, “How To Fail Again in 2016” – along with some bonuses to help you get started:
1. To remain clear on where you’re heading and run with discipline:
- Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets, so that a herald may run with it. (Habakkuk 2:2)
- When there is no revelation, people cast off restraint. (Proverbs 29:18)
2. To value and seek out spiritual and professional mentorship:
- Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed. (Proverbs 15:22)
- Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through prophecy when the body of elders laid their hands on you. (1 Timothy 4:14)
3. To celebrate community and find honest accountability:
- If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. (Ecclesiastes 4:10)
- Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17)
4. To guard your goals by guarding your inner circle:
- Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.” (1 Corinthians 15:33)
- Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm. (Proverbs 13:20)
5. To fight for a consistent and intimate prayer life.
- My heart says of you, “Seek his face!” Your face, Lord, I will seek. (Psalm 27:8)
- Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things which you do not know. (Jeremiah 33:3)
6. To kill people-pleasing and let God have the last word on your choices:
- Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ. (Galatians 1:10)
- I say it again: If you want to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God. (James 4:4)
What other areas of your life can you think of that would benefit from memorizing Scripture? Share some of your favorite verses below in the comments!
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