Psalms 119:11- I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.

1. Memorizing scripture makes meditation possible at times when you can’t be reading the Bible and mediation is the pathway to deeper understanding. If you are going to meditate on the law of the Lord day and night, you need have some of it in your head

2. Memorizing scripture strengthens my faith because faith comes from hearing and hearing by the Word of God. That happens when I am hearing it in my head.

3. Memorizing scripture shapes the way I view the world by conforming my mind to God’s viewpoint on everything.

4. Memorizing scripture makes God’s word more readily accessible in overcoming temptation to sin because God’s warnings and promises because God’s warnings and promises are the way we overcome the deceitful lies of the devil.

5. Memorizing scripture guards my mind making it easier for me to detect error. The world is filled with error because the god of this world is a liar.

6. Memorizing scripture enables me to hit the devil in the face with a force he cannot resist to protect myself and my family from his assault. What are you hitting it with? He is millions of times stronger than you; and he hates you and your family and your church and God. How anybody walks through this devil ruled world without a sword in their hand is beyond me.

7. Memorizing scripture provides the strongest and sweetest words when ministering to others in need. Ever been caught off guard with somebody in need? You don’t need to be caught off guard.

8. Memorizing scripture provides the matrix for fellowship with Jesus because he talks to me here [holding up his Bible] and nowhere else; but, oh sweetly, powerfully, authentically, really speaks to me here. Then I speak back to him in prayer. If this [points to Bible] is here [points to his head], we can talk anywhere. It is sweet – very sweet.

by John Piper – Check out this video: https://youtu.be/18O43EXTf84

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