Monday, March 26, 2012

--13 of 52--

"But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:19

I love the simplicity of this verse: God will supply all that I need in life – not necessarily what I categorize as “needs,” but what He knows are true needs in my life. He sees the largest and the smallest needs I have in my life – both physically and spiritually. He has the resources to provide for these needs – after all, my God owns the cattle on a thousand hills (see Psalm 50:10)!! How blessed I am to be the child of such a loving King!

What is your verse this week?

Remember to continually review the other twelve verses that you learned. We do not want to memorize and forget, but memorize and remember

Monday, March 19, 2012

--12 of 52--

“Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” 1 John 4:10

I came across this verse and decided to memorize it. Then, I saw Spurgeon’s “Morning and Evening” devotional for PM and what was the devotion’s topic? “As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you.” (John 15:9) I do not believe that it was merely “coincidence,” but that God had a special message for me about His love. I would like to share Spurgeon’s devotional with you as well:

"As the Father hath loved Me, so have I loved you."
— John 15:9
As the Father loves the Son, in the same manner Jesus loves His people. What is that divine method? He loved Him without beginning, and thus Jesus loves His members. "I have loved thee with an everlasting love." You can trace the beginning of human affection; you can easily find the beginning of your love to Christ, but His love to us is a stream whose source is hidden in eternity. God the Father loves Jesus without any change. Christian, take this for your comfort, that there is no change in Jesus Christ's love to those who rest in Him. Yesterday you were on Tabor's top, and you said, "He loves me:" to-day you are in the valley of humiliation, but He loves you still the same. On the hill Mizar, and among the Hermons, you heard His voice, which spake so sweetly with the turtle-notes of love; and now on the sea, or even in the sea, when all His waves and billows go over you, His heart is faithful to His ancient choice. The Father loves the Son without any end, and thus does the Son love His people. Saint, thou needest not fear the loosing of the silver cord, for His love for thee will never cease. Rest confident that even down to the grave Christ will go with you, and that up again from it He will be your guide to the celestial hills. Moreover, the Father loves the Son without any measure, and the same immeasurable love the Son bestows upon His chosen ones. The whole heart of Christ is dedicated to His people. He "loved us and gave Himself for us." His is a love which passeth knowledge. Ah! we have indeed an immutable Saviour, a precious Saviour, one who loves without measure, without change, without beginning, and without end, even as the Father loves Him! There is much food here for those who know how to digest it. May the Holy Ghost lead us into its marrow and fatness!
(from Charles Spurgeon’s “Morning and Evening” March 18)

What was your verse for this week?

Do you still have all of your verses perfect? Or will you need to take special time this week to review and master them again?John 15:9

Monday, March 12, 2012

--11 of 52--

But as He which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. 1 Peter 1:15-16


There is no better example of holiness than looking at our God. I encourage you to do a study on the multitude of verses that speak of God’s holiness.

What is your eleventh memory verse?
Remember to review your other verses!!

Friday, March 9, 2012

He Hath Said

A contributor for our girls' blog, Rubies Like Ruth, shared this with me. I thought that it would encourage you in your memory of God's Word. ~Ana Renee

"He hath said." Hebrews 13:5

If we can only grasp these words by faith, we have an all-conquering weapon in our hand. What doubt will not be slain by this two-edged sword? What fear is there which shall not fall smitten with a deadly wound before this arrow from the bow of God's covenant? Will not the distresses of life and the pangs of death; will not the corruptions within, and the snares without; will not the trials from above, and the temptations from beneath, all seem but light afflictions, when we can hide ourselves beneath the bulwark of "He hath said"? 

Yes; whether for delight in our quietude, or for strength in our conflict, "He hath said" must be our daily resort. And this may teach us the extreme value of searching the Scriptures. There may be a promise in the Word which would exactly fit your case, but you may not know of it, and therefore you miss its comfort. You are like prisoners in a dungeon, and there may be one key in the bunch which would unlock the door, and you might be free; but if you will not look for it, you may remain a prisoner still, though liberty is so near at hand. There may be a potent medicine in the great pharmacopoeia of Scripture, and you may yet continue sick unless you will examine and search the Scriptures to discover what "He hath said." 

Should you not, besides reading the Bible, store your memories richly with the promises of God? You can recollect the sayings of great men; you treasure up the verses of renowned poets; ought you not to be profound in your knowledge of the words of God, so that you may be able to quote them readily when you would solve a difficulty, or overthrow a doubt? Since "He hath said" is the source of all wisdom, and the fountain of all comfort, let it dwell in you richly, as "A well of water, springing up unto everlasting life." So shall you grow healthy, strong, and happy in the divine life.

Monday, March 5, 2012

--10 of 52--

Ten verses memorized – 42 more to go!!! Congratulations for hanging on and pressing forward in this challenge!

“As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:” 1 Peter 1:14

By itself, this verse leaves the question, “Obedient to what?” I had to back up to the verse I memorized last week, “Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;” (1 Peter 1:13) This verse ends with a semi-colon, meaning that it is to be continued with, “As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:” (1 Peter 1:14)

In this verse, we are specifically challenged NOT to fashion ourselves (conform to the same pattern) to the former (previous) lusts (a longing; especially for what is forbidden) that we followed in our ignorance (probably before salvation). As believers (or children of God), our lives should follow a new pattern – the pattern that Christ has set before us, the pattern that is written out for us in God’s Word. We are not ignorant of this pattern because God has given us His Word that we have the freedom to read, study, and apply. Will we be obedient to follow this new pattern? Or will we continue in the pattern of disobedience, following the lusts of our flesh and mind?

What is your tenth verse?

Remember to continually review your other verses! If you need to, set up a schedule to review half of them each day.

If there are any verses that have “gotten rusty,” you might want to take a few minutes to polish them up.