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3 Reasons why you should I be memorizing scripture

By August 11, 2017 Devotionals
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Memorizing scripture

Memorizing scripture definitely does not lack effort. I used to try to memorize a new scripture. I learned it and could say it for a few days but then I completely forgot them. Zack and I learned a bunch of scriptures. The first one we learned was Proverbs 3:5-6 and the second one we learned was 1 Corinthians 10:13. Those are literally the only two I remember fully without hesitation. Now that I am even more in the word than I was at that time, I put more time into memorizing scripture for many reasons, which I will gladly share with you.

Reasons why you should be memorizing scripture…

1. It helps you

On many occasions, I have used the verses I memorized just to simply encourage me and help me remember what God says about what I’m going through. For example, when I am going through a trial, I can be quick to say James 1:2-3 in my head. Knowing that verse, I can quickly remind myself that there is a reason I am going through what I am; when my faith is tested, it produces perseverance and steadfastness.

I also love having a constant reminder of how deep God’s love  is for me, that God keeps His promises, that I need to go to God in prayer in every situation and be thankful for it, rather than being anxious, etc. See there are so many bible verses that could just change my overall attitude throughout my day and help me in my walk with God. Let bible verses and passages be in your heart and in your mind.

It really helps me to “do what Jesus would do” in every situation. As Christians, we are called to strive to be like Jesus.I don’t think the bible meant eat the pages when it said to have the word inside you. 1 John 2:6 says, “Whoever says he abides in Him ought to walk in the same way he walked.” Notice it says walk in the same manner. We are never going to be anything like Jesus. Although we try to walk the same way He walked, we aren’t perfect like Him so we can’t but we need to be doing everything to try to. We need to try to be humble like He was, loving like He was, patient like He was, etc. (Take the “Like Jesus Challenge” with me!)

2. It helps others

Having the word in your heart and your mind could really help others if you let it. If you see a brother struggling or in need, you could quote a scripture or give him the scripture to look up for themselves to encourage them or even point them in the godly direction. I remember, my freshman year of high school, I had a girl that wasn’t a Christian in my gym class that I hung out with every day because I didn’t know many people (I was a weird, ugly freshman, scared to even speak to people). Every day, she would find a way to discourage me by being rude or mean to me. I’m not sure if she meant to do it but every day, after P.E., I would be in a horrible mood.

Not knowing what to do…

I went up to one of my favorite Christian friends that I highly looked up to as a newer Christian, K.C., and was just complaining about the situation to her in the lunch line. I remember her writing a scripture on my hand. It was Matthew 5:38-44. She basically just explained not to let anyone discourage me; I needed to turn the other cheek, go the extra mile for those who try to bring me down, and love and pray for the people that persecute me. I could never thank K.C. enough for giving me that scripture that day, I’d helped in a way she could never imagine. It stays with me and I use the lesson she taught me often.

If that simple scripture did what it did for me, imagine what you could do for others using scripture. Even though you may not think much of it or think it is that big of a deal, it is. It was a big enough deal to me that I am writing about it in a blog post almost 6 years later. Be an encouragement to others through the word. God gave it to us for a reason.

3. You may need it and not have it

I know this generation is filled with technology that can serve as a way to read the bible without having a bible with you. Sometimes, you won’t have that. You can’t always have a bible with you or have your phone out. What if you needed a scripture at work, while you’re with your friends, at a dinner, or a meeting? For me personally, sometimes God tells me to say a bible verse during worship. I can’t have a bible in my hand, searching for the scripture, while playing guitar. That would definitely be hard.

Rather than having to stop playing and getting out a bible, I could quote the scripture that I already have memorized. At my church, we have these small groups after service, and I am quick to quote scripture while talking about the service and what I learned. Sometime’s you need scripture but don’t have it with you or aren’t in a place where you can get to it.

How do you memorize scripture?

Well, everyone’s different. There are many ways to effectively memorize scripture. My best friend and I started learning scripture together; we learn a verse or two every week. I send her any new scriptures that I learn and she does the same for me. She constantly sends me a reference from the list and then I quote it back to her without looking. Like I did with Zack, we learned them good for a few days but I never went back to those verses so I forgot them after a week. If you are going back to these scriptures, it helps you to keep them in your heart and mind. The bible verses I am now learning with my best friend are verses I can say without hesitation or questioning if I said it right because I am always saying them.

When I memorize a verse, I write it in the back of my prayer journal with the reference and verse so that I can look at them after praying. Then, on another page, I just put the references so I can quiz myself.

Here are a few ways you can learn scripture better:
  • Set the verse as your lock screen and read it every time you open your phone.
  • Write the verse somewhere you’ll see it every day (On your mirror or in your locker).
  • Quote the scripture to a close friend every time you see them.
  • Write it on your hand
  • Read it 5 times, say it 5 times, then write it.

See, there are many ways to memorize. Those are just a few, I would love to hear what you do to memorize scripture. If you don’t memorize scripture regularly, I highly encourage you to. If you need any help, email me (icametoworship@gmail.com).

Love ya’ll!

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Jesus, Reset my________

By August 4, 2017 Devotionals
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Jesus, Reset my ________.

Wow, this week has been absolutley crazy. At my church, we had this small event (Pulse Week 2017) that made a huge difference in a bunch of peoples lives. Youth gave their lives to Jesus and allowed Jesus to reset something that has been getting in the way of their walk with Jesus or reset something they put on the throne before God. I was completly in awe of the amazing things Jesus was doing within our youth. Leading worship for this event was very stressful at first.

With the limited time we prepped, it caused a lot of chaos each day before service. I had the attitude of ‘this is about to be horrible’ at the beginning of the week. By the last day, I had a complete heart change and reset. I just focused on worshipping rather than if people were playing the right chords. Worship was going to be just fine regardless. Worship is not a show, which is something I already knew, but it needed to be reimplanted into my brain. It is not a conerct. Sometimes, I just enjoy stopping all instruments and just have all the voices in the room to sing as loud as they can. God really moved through worship. I felt Him in the room and He was all over the place.

I loved leading worship this week. Simply because, regardless of the preparation, God still used us in a mighty way. I loved watching as of the students worship with all of their heart. I could see true, authentic worship. It was beautiful. Breathtaking. All through the services, I was smiling from ear to ear because of what Jesus was doing in my own heart.

For a while, I have been trying my hardest to “reset” my attitude and my heart (That is what the Like Jesus challenge is all about) for the longest time. I can honestly say I have been doing really good. Not because of anything I was doing but what Jesus was doing in me and inside my heart. The theme of Pulse Week was “Jesus, reset my_____.” I was so energetic and extatic because in this week and I really got to acknowledge all that Jesus has been doing in my heart.

My attitude has been different and my overall heart. I am so overjoyed with everything that I have been seeing Jesus do in my life and in my friends life. During worship, I loved doing the fast songs. I used to just raise my hands and worship during those fast songs, which is fine, but it is so much fun to jump around and act a fool praising Jesus. I got the honor of watching a bunch of teenagers jump all over the place, unashamed, praising God. Going crazy with them was so fun. Jesus didn’t make us to fit in and just clap to the beat. Let loose. Get crazy.

Fill in the blank.

jesus reset mySay, “Jesus, reset my _____.” Fill in the blank. What did you put in that space? Jesus reset my heart (mind, thoughts, relationship, voice, etc) What did you fill in there? Say it out loud. Ask Jesus to reset it. Give it to Him. Let Him reset something you need fixed in your life. Often times, we put other things on the throne that God is supposed to be on.

Can you think of something you are putting on that high place in your life. Sometimes you don’t want to admit it. In fact, sometimes you don’t even realize you put something else on the throne. Or maybe we ask God to scoot over so He can share the throne of your life with _______. (Your partner, your job, your family, church, etc.) Jesus doesn’t want to share the throne! He wants to be over your entire life; He wants to be your entire life.

How can you put only Jesus on the throne right now? How are you going to let Jesus reset _______? The way I am letting Jesus reset my heart is by reading the bible as much as I can, spending more time talking to God than I spend talking to anyone else, and by memorizing scripture.

So what are you going to do? Find a way to focus on God and keep Him on the throne. Keep your eyes on Him. His eyes were on you when He died on the cross for you. He can fix your heart, your mind, your relationship, and your voice. You have to let Him. You have to devote yourself to actually doing something about it.

Spend some time in prayer and talk to God about some things you could do to reset whatever you filled in that blank. Get into the bible and see what God has to say about what you are resetting. Give this to God, He will gladly take it. Nothing is too big for God. Give it to Him. Looking back, I laugh. I was at a place where I felt hopeless in my bitterness and in my thoughts. I never thought I could get away from it. Now that I let Jesus reset it, I’ve have never been so happy and energetic. Not today Satan!

It may feel hopeless right now but you need to remember who has you in the palm of His hands. Rather than falling backwards, fall forwards into the hands of God. He has your back. Don’t think you can’t do it. If you can’t, He can and He will gladly take your _______ from you and reset it. Give Him the chance to do it. Soon, you too will look back and smile. You will be able to say, “Jesus, thank you for being on the throne and for resetting my _____.”

Start the process of letting Jesus reset it.
AND GO!

 

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What are you waiting for?

By February 20, 2017 Devotionals
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Procrastinating

Before I was a Christian, all I did was wait and procrastinate. I wanted to be a Christian, I wanted to read the Bible, and I wanted to go to church. But what was I waiting for? What are you waiting for?

Every time I passed a duration in my life that I was potentially “waiting for” to get started,  I just came up with a new one.”I have enough books to read right now, I’ll read the Bible after I graduate.” “Sundays are a no go for me, I’ll wait until I have a car so I don’t have to bother anyone for a ride.”

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You Can’t Read Your Bible Enough

By January 23, 2017 Devotionals

You Can’t Read Your Bible Enough

Reading the bible is one of the most important things you can do as a Christian, as long as you’re doing your best to live it out. It’s something that brings you closer to God while it changes your heart and attitude. The more you read it, the more you learn. Trust me, you can’t read your bible enough. You use what you study through out the day and watch how God uses your new biblical knowledge to enrich your daily life. You are suppose to take up our cross daily and spend time with Him as much as we can.

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Using God Merely as a 911 call

By January 17, 2017 Devotionals

About two years ago, I remember getting a phone call informing me that my grandpa was in the hospital. We drove thousands of miles to make sure we got there before things exaberated. When things were going in the opposite direction of what we were anticipating, different family members began asking me to pray with them.

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Be Thankful for the little things

By January 12, 2017 Devotionals

Be thankful for the little things

It is so easy to take the little things in life forgranted. Often times, we can find ourselves dwadling through life haphazardly. We repeatedly forget to do devotion, we forget to pray, and we forget to thank God. We can even get in the routine of just thanking Him for the sizable things like landing a job, having money, finding your spouse, birthing a child, or letting your grandma survive her surgery. Some times we forget the pint-sized blessings like waking up, having food to eat, having clothes to wear, and being able to walk.

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Making Time For God

By January 11, 2017 Devotionals

I have so much to do

“You know I love you God but my teacher just offered me extra credit if I write a 3 page paper by tomorrow night and I really need it. Yes, I know I could have said no to working that extra shift tonight but God, I really need the money. You know, Valentine’s Day is coming up, I really wanna take my girlfriend/boyfriend to a good restaurant. I know I promised I’d spend time with you but I forgot to do my laundry the other day, I really need to do it right now.

I have to spend 2 hours minimum watching Netflix with my boyfriend/girlfriend. On suday mornings, I signed up to sing at church, be in the choir, and teach a Sunday school class for the children. I have to play guitar for about 1 hour in order to get better. I need to find time to sleep still, plus I have to use the bathroom every once in a while. God, I don’t think I have time for you today, but I promise, tomorrow, I will try to at least spend 5 minutes reading the Bible.”

 

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Blinded by darkness and hatred

By September 30, 2016 Devotionals
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1 John 2 Part 1: Blinded By Darkness And Hatred

I loved reading 1 John. It has so much that a new christian needs to hear. I spent hours just reading it over and over because I was learning so much from it each time.

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