11.08.2014

My pursuit of scripture memory....

So....I just came across this post I wrote this summer.  I was adding something else to it, so it never got posted.  However, I decided to go ahead and publish it now.  The wording and amount of passion coming out for my pursuit of scripture memory makes me laugh...."my mad dash"....but then, it also makes me laugh because, or rather want to cry, that the mad dash didn't make it very far.....the dash turned into a sort of stroll instead.  So, I needed this little encouragement to get back focused, and hopefully get that same strong conviction....

I'll be sharing some more soon of what I've found helpful in getting more scripture in my mind, too.  I'd also love to hear any ideas that may have helped you!


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Y'all!  Here we go!


I am ready.  way behind, but ready.  I am on a MAD DASH to fill my mind with scripture.  I meeeean MAAAAD DAAASH.  I want it flooding my mind!! flooding my heart and soul. spewing out of my mouth, motivating every action within me.  I want it.  I NEED it.  I'm COMMANDED to have it.

This spirit of mine is willing, but the flesh is even weaker!  So what better accountability than to post this all on the little web?! and get you involved with me?!  

I'm not sure if it's the coffee or the Spirit speaking, but I am just overwhelmed with this urgency!!  God has been so gracious lately to remind me and open my eyes more to just how mental this spiritual walk with Him is.  Faith, after all is a mental choice. and we live by faith…by believing Him and His Word and trusting He will do what He says.

verses…
Romans 12:1-2
"Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect."

{and did you just skim over that quickly because you already "knew what it said?!" :)  I've said it before, but I used to always do that, especially on Facebook when people put up scripture….then I realized every time I saw God's Word, no matter how well I knew it, I could read it slowly as refreshment to my soul, an opportunity to renew my mind in His Word throughout the day!  So, go back and read it again! hehehe}

I know there's a lot that's physical and He can strengthen us in our bodies when we ask, but it's mostly so mental, don't you think?? There’s surrender to and trust in Him that allows His Spirit to fill us more so He can work in and through us.  Even that requires a mental choice…and the more truth flowing into our minds, the more likely we’ll choose Him and not our flesh.

Ephesians 6:17 ~ "and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God."

We know this, right!?!  It's the WORD.  It's His Truth.  It's our weapon, our sword. It's what we fight the lies with.  It's what speaks to us in moments of temptation when it's in the forefront of our mind.

But, when it's not, well that's the sad story of most of our struggles.

So, do we live out Ephesians 6:17?!

And, I don't know why I haven't been focused on this more.  For so long, when I've prayed and asked for strength, patience, etc, I've just imagined His Spirit working it in me.  Which, part of that's true I guess, but He's just been waking me up and reminding me to see that He wants His Word and Truth within me to strengthen me, to bring to mind, to guide me.  THAT'S how He mostly works His strength within me….in believing His Word and having faith that it is true and that He is faithful to do it….increasing my faith, by spending more time in His Word.

We walk by faith....
He told the woman with the hemorrhage {and various others) in Mark 5:34, "Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace and be healed of your affliction.”

Of course, this sounds like elementary Christian stuff for anyone who's been a christian for a good amount of time. But, come on, seriously, how many of us are TRULY saturated in it?!?!
I've been blessed to meet several people in the past few years who know scripture and it's in almost every breath they speak.  It's refreshing to the bones.  It's who they are.  It's their joy, their peace, their conscience….and they speak it in such a humble, loving way. 

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Well, I had stopped there, so I'll continue it in a new post. :)

xoxoxo

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2 comments:

  1. Hey Crystal, this has been on my mind A LOT lately (before I read this post). And now here I am visiting your blog out of the blue and what do you know? You're talking about it too. But . . . How do you find the time with five children????? But to know the Word, to arm myself with it, to receive strength from it, to have it in my heart and mind, it's something I am clearly seeing the importance of and am wanting in my life too (like you). I want to know ALL that God says, especially through Paul. Read it, think about it, learn it, live it. See every aspect of life through it. So I've started this month memorizing also. A few months ago a thought, a sentence, a voice, something somehow told me to memorize Romans Five. So I'm on it. I'm posting it - here in this comment - accountability.

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    1. Hey Jenny! I'm so glad you spoke up! I love to hear from y'all and this is good accountability for me, too....and goodness, there's lots of good stuff in Romans 5! Anyway, I'm praying about ways for more accountability and hopefully will post on that soon, too. And I know, making time for it is so challenging...the first challenge being to even remember to do it. :) So, phone reminders are good! I'm excited to dive into this more and hopefully have some accountability on here!
      Too bad we didn't get to visit yesterday! We didn't hang out too long in the dark and cold! Maybe soon though!

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