Well, the cat is out of the bag, so to speak. In last week’s lesson I briefly mentioned a detail concerning the new adult bible class which will be starting soon: That detail had to do with memory work. I wonder what went through your minds when you heard that. Maybe it was, “I can’t memorize bible verses.” Believe it or not, I am right there with you. Even though it is difficult for many, it does not mean we shouldn’t put forth our best effort.
We are called to “put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. (Ephesians 6:11) One aspect of God’s armor is “the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” (Ephesians 6:17)
It makes sense that we learn to use the word of God to fight against Satan, but that is not the only reason. Learning the word of God prepares us to “give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you.” (1st Peter 3:15) The word of God, once it is implanted, “is able to save” our souls. (James 2:21) Not that the word saves you itself, but what the word reveals about Christ and the hope that is found in Him.
It would make sense on so many levels that we do our best to learn what God teaches us about not only hope in Christ, but also what His will is concerning our lives, both as His church and as individuals. Being able to recall such things, enables us to be more effective in our efforts to further the gospel and defend the truth. So, don’t be intimidated by the idea of memorizing bible verses. Just do your best and watch how God can bring you to places you never thought possible.
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