Why Memorize Scripture?
An essential part of living in God’s presence, and knowing His love in an increasingly deeper way, is committing His Word to memory. Scripture is ablaze with the passion of God for us. We need to consume the Words He has spoken, thinking on them often, repeating them to ourselves over and over, until they are etched into our hearts, until we can hear His divine voice in our minds.
We do not use the word consume lightly. Consider this: The first glimpse the world has of the Word of God becoming flesh is Jesus Christ, the Lord, placed in a manger, a stone feeding trough. (Jn 1:14, Lk 2:12)
It’s not a coincidence that there was no room for Him in the inn. This is our Father’s narrative. He tells us plainly that the baby lying in a feeding trough is a semeion (say-mi-on), an indication or a supernatural sign. The sign is a visual picture of what Jesus is for us. God’s fullest expression of love is the spiritual food that gives us life. We need it more than bread, more than water.
"And Jesus said to them, 'I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.'" (Jn 6:35)
“It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’” (Mt 4:4)
When we meditate on Scripture, we make a home for the Word to live in us. Here are some of the results:
- We are set free – literally in the Greek, liberated from slavery. (Jn 8:32)
- We receive life (Ps 119:93)
- We are guided out of sin (Ps 119:11)
- We recognize the voice of God (Jn 10:27)
- We discern God’s will (Rom 12:2)
- We see wondrous things of God (Ps 119:18)
- We receive wisdom and understanding (Ps 19:7,119:104)
- We feel the presence of God (Ps 16:11)
- We abide in God’s love (Jn 15:5)
- We are equipped with weapons against the enemy (Eph 6:17)
- We are built up (Acts 20:32)
- We are offered medicine for our flesh (Prv 4:22)
- We receive hope and comfort (Ps 119:49-50, 114)
- We live fruitful lives (Ps 1:1-3)
- We receive our inheritance (Acts 20:32)
“If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.” (Jn 8:31)
The LUMI Plan
Look Up Ministries International (LUMI) has developed a plan to illuminate your hearts with God's Word, and to help you set your mind on things above. We'll be focusing on one Scripture passage each week.
Here's the simple 2-step format:
1. Dig into Scripture through the weekly Devotional Blog.
You can sign up to receive this blog via email, or you can visit our website weekly to see the latest posts.
Each week we will be exegeting some of our favorite life-giving, hope-packed Scriptures. Through the blog, you will be able to learn more about the verses in their immediate context and in connection to other passages in Scripture. Hidden treasures in the original languages will be illuminated, and we will also draw out implications for our lives.
2. Memorize these key verses with the Memory Verses resource.
Once you've read the teaching on the passage in the weekly blog, it's time to hide the truth in your heart. The Memory Verses portion of the LUMI website is designed to help you memorize these life verses.
On the main Memory Verses page, you'll find each passage that is explored in the weekly blogs. The memory verse and the corresponding blog entry will be identified by the same photo.
From the Memory Verses page, click on the image above the verse reference and the passage will appear. Click Back To Memory Verses and you will see only the picture with the verse reference. Test your memory by reciting the passage, opening and closing the passage for reference as needed. The picture will help you visualize the essence of the passage's context.
This portion of the site is meant to be a resource for you - your digital flashcards for memorizing key verses. After one year on this plan, you will have 52 Bible passages hidden in your heart. The passages for the year will remain posted on the site until the start of the new year. At that time, we'll begin committing another set of 52 passages to memory.
Strong, James and John R. Kohlenberger, III, The New Strong’s Expanded Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, Red Letter Edition (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2001), G4592.
The New Strong’s Expanded Exhaustive Concordance notates that the Greek word for liberate is eleutheroo (el-yoo-ther-o’-o) meaning, “to liberate, deliver, make free,” G1659.