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Why Memorise the Bible Verses?

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Why should we go to the trouble of memorizing the Bible? Here are some reasons:

1. God has commanded us to memorize His Word – “And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart” (Deuteronomy 6:6). Likewise, God says in Deuteronomy 11:18: “Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul . . .” Memorizing God’s Word is our God-given duty. Therefore, every obedient child of God should engage in learning and remembering God’s Word.

2. The habit of remembering and meditating on the Word of God in our minds helps us to obey it. Deuteronomy 30:14 says: “But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it.”

3. The memorization of God’s Word would prevent us from sinning against God. Psalm 119:11 declares: “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” Likewise, Psalm 37:31 promises that the keeping of God’s Word in our hearts will prevent us from backsliding from God – “The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide.”

4. Learning God’s Word by heart has the promise of great blessings, even spiritual and physical prosperity. Joshua wrote: “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success” (Joshua 1:8).

5. It prevents our mind from vain and sinful thoughts by filling it with the truth of His Word. Since memorizing and recollecting the Scripture would require much exercising of the mind on the Word of God, it will crowd out less edifying thoughts. Through Scripture memorization, one can easily obey Paul’s exhortation: “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things” (Philippians 4:8).

6. It equips us to fight off the temptations that the devil would bring to us. Christ is our example on this point. In Matthew 4 and Luke 4, He resisted Satan’s temptations each time by citing Scripture. Paul states that the Word of God is a weapon in spiritual warfare: “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Ephesians 6:17).

7. It increases our understanding of the verses that are memorized. To memorize, one must know every single word and dwell on every single word. While doing this, one naturally asks oneself, “Why this word?” Meditation on each word will, through the Spirit, give one a deep understanding of the verse and reveal meanings that are hidden in a cursory reading. Psalm 119:99 affirms this spiritual benefit, when it says: “I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation.”

A fruitful tree by the water

tree , Word, river 2About those who delight in the Word of God, Psalm 1:3 says that “And he shall be like a tree plantedby the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”

What a beautiful illustration of the perpetual verdure and fruitfulness! When a man feeds on God’s Word, he receives nurture and vitality from the ever fresh wisdom and truth of God. He is then sustained and refreshed by the wonderful words of life, like the tree whose roots are refreshed by never-failing streams of living water. This nourishment invigorates the whole tree – its roots, trunk, larger branches to the tiniest twig, leaves and fruits. What wholesome piety would pervade the life of a man who delights himself in the Word of God! Because his source of strength can never fail, his life will exude with vigour, verdure, and fruitfulness. Like the tree “planted” by the rivers of water, are we “planted” by the living water of the Word?

If your life does not bear “fruit in his season,” it is obvious that you have not been planted by the living water. Every person who is nurtured by the Word of God will produce the appropriate spirit fruit in his season. Childhood has its fruits; youth has its fruit; and old age has its fruits too. The Lord expects you to bear fruit in your peculiar season that He has appointed to you. Just stay by the living water of His Word.

Delight in the Law of the Lord

tree on the WordBut his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night” (Psalm 1:2).

Meditating on God’s Word is a Christian duty. Every godly individual take pleasure in this daily practice. Thus he becomes conversant with Holy Scriptures.

How do you approach the Holy Scriptures? With what sort of feelings do you view it?  Let joy be your first emotion when you think of God’s Word. You must read His Word and yield to its counsels with great enthusiasm. In Psalms 119:47-48, the psalmist declared, “And I will delight myself in thy commandments, which I have loved. My hands also will I lift up unto thy commandments, which I have loved; and I will meditate in thy statutes.” Likewise, the prophet Jeremiah affirmed, “Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts” (Jeremiah 15:16).

He who rejoices in God’s law will be greatly affected by its wisdom and power. “He shall be like a tree planted by rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season” (v.3). His life shall be rooted in the richest of soils; he shall never lack resources; his soul shall delight itself in divine favour and great fruitfulness. In Psalm 119:92, the psalmist testifies, “Unless thy law had been my delights, I should then have perished in mine affliction.”

So may we also say, “I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart” (Psalm 40:8).

Make good use of the weekend

2011 bible blue picDear friends,

Hope that you are keeping up with your Bible reading plan. If you have fallen behind the reading plan, you can try to catch up during weekends, especially on the Lord’s Day. After one’s worship of the Lord and church activities, taking time to read God’s word is an appropriate and blessed way to spend the rest of the Lord’s Day.

I would like to include an advice from a response posted by Bro. Danny Seng:

“Make it a habit . . . reading one chapter before you start the day, and end the day with one more chapter before you retire to bed. If time permits, read an extra chapter so that on days when one is bombarded with extreme work schedule he can still catch up and not be left too far behind.”

Let’s yearn to be mighty in the Word

It was said of a man named Apollos in Acts 18:24 that he was “mighty in the scriptures”. Now thatbe mighty in the Word t-shirtmakes me drool.

Certainly this is not something that one can receive in his sleep. It takes much effort. It requires more than reading through the Bible. It requires careful meditation and diligent study of God’s Word!

We will do well to take heed to the Apostle Paul’s counsel that we “give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine” (1 Timothy 4:13). Consider his words to Timothy, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15).

My dear brethren, we must be mighty in the Scriptures, which is our infallible manual concerning faith and practice. God has prepared and preserved it for us for our profit (cf. 2 Timothy 3:16-17). Let us seek to be thoroughly furnished by God’s Word.

Commit yourself to a daily devotion of God’s Word. Make full use of the many opportunity available to you for your growth in biblical knowledge. Be mighty in God’s Word!

(Attend Sunday Bible Study. Join Tuesday night Bible study and prayer meeting. Be part of at least one of the fellowship groups in the church, which meet regularly for the study of His Word. Enrol in FEBC’s night courses).

Bible: Treasure Land of Precious Divine Truths.

2011jan1bibleopen aCome! Let us journey through the Bible if the Lord grants us another full year. Without a doubt, it is going to be an awesome experience. Sure, there will be many obstacles to overcome, of which the most difficult will be our own sluggishness and indiscipline. But trusting in His grace, let us venture into this vast treasure land of precious divine truths.

If there is one book that you should read from cover to cover in this New Year, it is the Bible. No other book can refresh, renew and revive your soul like the Bible! Reading the Bible will open us to the absolute truths that no man should miss. God has revealed His truth that His people might read it, know it and live by it.

Will you, as a child of God, remain content without reading the book that God has placed in your hands? Can you afford, as a servant of God, not to know His revealed will that you must know? How can we ever neglect to read the Bible?

We must be well acquainted with His Holy Word. Therefore, we must read all that are therein with great diligence and care. We must seek to know everything in the Bible thoroughly. So let us have a commitment to read through the Scripture.

If you are reading through the Bible for the first time, many things that you will find in it might appear to be difficult to understand. That is not too surprising as it is normal with all who are reading through for the first time. Even though I have been studying the Bible daily for more than two decades, yet today when I read it, I am made aware that there are many more wonderful truths for me to glean. Even though you have read through the Bible many times before, if you read it again, you will notice many things that you have never noticed. Moreover, reading through the Bible will also assure us even more of the things that we have already learned.

(Click below for the Bible reading plan)

www.gethsemanebpc.com/documents/pdf/2011calendar.pdf

Blessed New Year!

2011jan1openbible4webI would like to invite you to join me to read through the Bible in 2011. Let me know if you would like to join me in this exciting journey. We can encourage one another to keep up the reading of the Bible according to the plan.

Please click the tab above “Bible in 2011″ to post your thoughts and also the lessons you learned from your daily reading.

Please click at the link below for the Bible Reading Plan.

www.gethsemanebpc.com/documents/pdf/2011calendar.pdf

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