Challenge Revisted

My son, keep your father’s commands and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.
Bind them upon your heart forever; fasten them around your neck.
When you walk, they will guide you; when you sleep, they will watch over you; when you awake, they will speak to you.
Proverbs 6:20-22

Earlier this year I wrote at length about memorizing a passage of Scripture this year. Here is the post from January 17, 2010:

My challenge to you this year is this: find a passage of Scripture and commit it to memory. Fill up your memory hard drive with those verses. It may be one or it may be an entire chapter of Scripture. Make it reasonable but make it challenging (memorizing the entire New Testament, while admirable, isn’t very reasonable without a solid plan to carry it out). Read it when you rise and when you go to bed. Print it on cards, Mutter it in the car on your way to work. Mumble it as you prepare supper each night.

When you know the passage as well as you know John 3:16, say it a few hundred times more. The goal here isn’t quantity of Scripture memorized but quality of the memorization. By the time you get to this point, you will have seen how transforming the Word of God can be in your life.

Ephesians 1, Ephesians 5, Psalm 1, Psalm 23, Psalm 112, Psalm 139, Galatians 2 are all great chapters of Scripture to memorize. Obviously there are others, many others to choose from. Choose one. You can do it. When you do, write and tell me. (Lord willing, and He is, I am finally going to nail Psalm 139 after a few years of learning bits and pieces of it).

Like I said, you can do it.

So, how is it coming? Have you started? It’s not too late to start. Drill it deep into your spirit. Even before you go about your duties, choose one of those passages and read it out loud twice. Right before you go to bed that night, read it again twice. The next morning do it all over again. That’s all, 3-4 times a day for a month and you’ll no longer need to read the text.

Hiding the Word of God in our hearts is a great habit to get into. Burying it deep within us is even more powerful and can produce many benefits.

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