“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity into the obedience of Christ.” – 2 Corinthians 10:3-5
My mother made me do it. No, really, she did! I didn’t want to, but she forced me to—she forced me to memorize scripture.
One of the verses I remember most is, “Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You” (Psalm 119:11). Another one is very similar: “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”
Listen, let me just say it plainly, if you’re not in God’s Word, you’re thinking too highly of yourself.
“I can figure this out. I know where I’m going. I know what I’m doing. I’m going to pull myself up by own boot straps.”
Nonsense. Dead end. Cul de sac. Leads to nowhere. In fact, the Bible tells us exactly where it leads; the very same proverb is given to us twice, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death” (Proverbs 14:12, 16:25).
So He’s bringing us back to His Word. The greatest thing you can do is be in God’s Word and learn to identify and recognize His voice. Because, listen, the devil is out there trying to hijack your life, and the only thing that’s going to keep you straight is being hijacked already by something that’s greater than the devil.
And who would that be? That would be God. And how are you going to honor Him in your life? You’ll honor Him by remembering His Word, which has the power to keep you in His way in those moments when the devil comes knocking at your door, tempting you, trying to draw you away from Christ.
Listen, don’t do this life on your own; you won’t make it. Let the Holy Spirit help you. Get in His Word. Know it! Memorize it! Learn it and live it! Then you’ll know His voice and have the power to overcome in the day of temptation.
I didn’t like it in the beginning either, but you know what? I’d never be where I am now if I hadn’t done it. Where could you go in life if you just let God help you?
Thank You for giving us Your Word! Thank You for the power that is in Your Word, that if I will hide it in my heart, it will help me live my life for You. Please teach me and help me as I begin to hide Your Word in my heart!