“Oh, to have “the word of Christ” always dwelling inside of us;—in the memory, never
forgotten; in the heart, always loved; in the understanding, really grasped; with all
the powers and passions of the mind fully submitted to its control.” Charles H. Spurgeon
The Word became flesh to dwell among us. And the beauty of His dwelling is this…His dwelling isn’t limited to being among; the dwelling of the Word longs to be in–in our hearts, in our minds, in the deepest depths of our beings. The One who brings us out from our Egypts, our captivities, our pits, and our prisons, desires that we open wide and allow Him to fill us richly full with the Bread of Life. He invites us to feast on this manna. To ingest it deep. To implant, embrace, and enact His Words so they become the whole of who we are.
I recited it every summer in Vacation Bible School…
I pledge allegiance to the Bible, God’s Holy Word, I will make it a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path and will hide its words in my heart that I might not sin against God.
From early on I heard of the importance of hiding God’s Word in my heart, but I didn’t grasp the weight of this importance until my life crumbled and Jesus, the Word who had became flesh to dwell among us, shook me to the core fighting to dwell in me.
I was starved for sustenance. My heart, my mind, my dark places growled loud for Life Bread. I began actively eating, feasting, ingesting and digesting His Word. It was the Word that brought healing, wholeness, and fullness to my famished being.
I gathered around the table with the Bread of Life as my main course and began implanting the Word deep within. I chewed long and at times swallowed hard the healing Words. I repeated often His Words. I wrote them in rainbows of colors, taped them to bathroom mirrors, highlighted them in my Bible, and carried them with me on post-its or napkins or grocery receipts. There were even times the palms of my hands became the canvas upon which I wrote.
Embracing those life-transforming Words became my blanket of warmth as I clung hard and long to each of them. I clinched them tightly and made extra sure they were implanted deep.
And then I prayed, almost begged, that He would, through the power of the Holy Spirit, enable me to enact life change in the every day. “Help me Lord, to live Your Word. May this nourishment fill me full and spill over into every area of my life.”
Implant the Word. Embrace the Word. Enact the Word.
Does it make a difference? Oh, dear one, feasting on the Bread of Life, ingesting and digesting, holding tightly to Life Words, and living out His message encourages, transforms, and heals. Having the living and active Word of God deep within has awakened my soul and given me energy to press onward.
I shared with you a few why’s, some how’s, and even a few what’s a while back with “Diving Deeper into Scripture Memorization.” Today I’d like to share with you a practical little pretty that will help you to implant, embrace, and enact the Word.
Trust the LORD, a Memorization of Psalm 91, nas
For years I’ve used spiral bound index cards to write out the Words I was implanting, but this year I was inspired by Ann Voskamp to do things a tad bit differently. The concept is still the same, the process more intentional. Twelve weeks to memorize Psalm 91. One to two verses each week, checking off days as I go. And being held accountable by a friend who will listen as I recite those Words I’ve implanted, embraced, and enacted.
If you are interested, simply do the following to implant Psalm 91 deep within your heart. (Other Scripture Memorization Booklets with pre-made verse selections coming soon. Also, blank template Scripture Memorization Booklets will be available so that you can fill in the passages you desire to memorize.)
1. Download and print out cards and cover by clicking here. Purchase spiral bound 3 x 5 index cards or 3.5 x 5.5 moleskine ruled journals. (We’ve found both at our local Target and Wal-mart.)
2. Cut out cards and glue them inside your booklet. Cut out and glue cover on the front.
And there you have it! A Scripture Memorization Booklet all your own. Both the spiral bound index cards and the moleskine journals work beautifully as Word holders.
I pray life-transformation as you implant, embrace, and enact God’s precious Word deep within your heart.
“I know of no other single practice in the Christian life more rewarding, practically speaking, than memorizing Scripture. . . . No other single exercise pays greater spiritual dividends! Your prayer life will be strengthened. Your witnessing will be sharper and much more effective. Your attitudes and outlook will begin to change. Your mind will become alert and observant. Your confidence and assurance will be enhanced. Your faith will be solidified.” Chuck Swindoll