Did you know that it is natural through times of training to have highs and lows? Times of smooth sailing and times it feels like the boat is sinking? Times of great strength and times of real weakness?
I don't know about you, but these things are definitely true of my discipline of memorizing scripture. A few weeks ago I was just struggling. I was unmotivated, undisciplined, and uncaring. The good news is that when you press through the hard times and don't give up, a wonderful surge of motivation and consistency sets in. This is what I'm currently enjoying.
Galation 6:9 Let us not become weary in doing good for in the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
How are you doing? Are you pushing through memorizing scripture even in your unmotivated times? Do you let your emotions lead you or do you allow the Holy Spirit to bring you to deeper places in your relationship with Him?
Don't give up!!
Why do we fill our minds with His word anyway? Can you share a situation where God brought a verse or passage to mind that you had memorized that was perfect for the situation? I hope you will post a brief summary in your comment along with your verse for this second half of the month.
Here is my story:
Last Sunday during the gathering we took communion corporately. I had waited until the last minute to walk to the front to take the bread and cup to spend as much time as I could searching my heart in order to confess anything I may be harboring. Before Chad read out of John 15 and prayed, he had us stand. Immediately a verse I memorized last month popped into my head. "If you, O Lord, kept a record of sins who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness, therefore, you are feared." (Ps 130:3-4) Instantly, there was a lump in my throat and tears filled my eyes. He beautifully reminded me that he keeps no record of what I've done wrong. Looking across the room to see every single person standing was absolutely beautiful. He is so good to us.
Moments like this with God keep me motivated to memorize His word. I want to give him every way possible to speak to my soul.
Here are my verses for the next two weeks:
Proverbs 31:8-9 Speak up for those who cannot speak up for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly, defend the rights of the poor and needy.
I'm looking forward to reading how God is using His word in your life! Keep posting those verses! If you need help in staying the course, enlist some face to face accountability. Do not give up---He is so worth it!