Why memorize?

Why memorize?  This list of Reasons from Scripture Memory Fellowship

http://scripturememoryfellowship.org/about-smf/faq

Memorizing the Word of God makes it instantly accessible in every situation and for every need.

  1. Memorizing Scripture is specifically commanded by God: “These words which I command thee this day shall be in thine heart: and thou shalt teach them diligently to thy children” (Deut. 6:6,7). “Lay up His words in thine heart” (Job 22:22b).
  2. Memorizing Scripture enlightens darkened hearts: “And that from a child thou hast known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus” (2 Tim. 3:15). The word burns and smites (Jer. 23:29), pierces and discovers (Heb. 4:12).
  3. Memorizing Scripture inculcates conviction on the standard of values and righteous­ness as being absolute and unchanging: “Therefore I esteem all Thy precepts concerning all things to be right; and I hate every false way” (Ps. 119:128). Read Isaiah 55:8, 9.
  4. Memorizing Scripture restores broken lives: “He sent His word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions” (Ps. 107:20).
  5. Memorizing Scripture helps spiritual growth: “As newborn babes, desire the sin­cere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby” (1 Pet. 2:2). The “strong meat” of the Word for those who go on to Christian maturity (Heb. 5:12).
  6. Memorizing Scripture makes for an effectual prayer life: “If ye abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you” (Jn. 15:7).
  7. Memorizing Scripture motivates spontaneous witnessing: “Then I said, I will not make mention of Him, nor speak any more in His name. But His word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay” (Jer. 20:9).
  8. Memorizing Scripture promotes fruitfulness: “But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it [keep it in memory], and bring forth fruit with patience” (Lu. 8: 15).
  9. Memorizing Scripture makes continual meditation possible: “But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in His law doth he meditate day and night” (Ps. 1:2).
  10. Memorizing Scripture affords comfort and strength in time of trouble: “Unless Thy law had been my delights. I should then have perished in mine affliction” (Ps. 119:92).
  11. Memorizing Scripture guards against sin: “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against Thee” (Ps. 119: 11).
  12. Memorizing Scripture provides wisdom and guidance for daily living: “Lo, they have rejected the word of the Lord; and what wisdom is in them?” (Jer. 8:9). Read James 3:17.
  13. Memorizing Scripture equips for spiritual warfare: The covering of truth, the breastplate or righteousness, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, the sword or the Spirit (Eph. 6: 11-17).
  14. Memorizing Scripture is exemplified by Christ: When tempted by the devil, He said, “It is written,” and then He gave the Scripture (Matt. 4).

Do not talk yourself out of it. God has commanded it; we must do it! Use our plan, or use your own plan, but by all means, MEMORIZE!

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