The Lord is continuing to show me the importance of committing scripture to memory and He is doing it in a way that I can remember. He knows that I remember things in lists and acronyms and He is using the way I learn to teach me scripture, how to memorize it, how they interconnect, and to meditate on them. I am very excited about this.
We are told in Philippians 4 to dwell on what is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, and admirable. If anything is excellent or praiseworthy to think on these things. This is one of those lists that should be committed to memory and used as a litmus test for our thought-life. I say this over and over in my head and was able to type it just now from memory. If I can do it, so can you. Give it a try.
In Galatians 5, we are told that the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Another list to remember and one that we should use to compare our state of being and actions against. Love one another. Have peace. Be patient, be kind, be good and do good. Be a person who is faithful and that has faith. Have self-control. Be gentle. We should abide in Him and we should see all this fruit in our lives. Test your thoughts, test what you are saying, test what you are doing, and test what you are about to do. Does it line up with the fruit of the Spirit? If so, Praise God! If not, ask for forgiveness and wisdom and make some adjustments.
Ephesians 6 tells us to put on the whole armor of God, to put on the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, to have our feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace, to take up the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit. These are our spiritual weapons. We don’t fight against flesh and blood. Conventional weapons have no effect. We must be spiritually armored to fight a spiritual battle. The battles come whether we are ready or not. Don’t let your guard down or find yourself without your armor.
As I have blogged about before, after reading these passages separately and realizing that they were all lists, the Holy Spirit showed me a connection between them. We are to Put In what is true, noble, right, etc. We are Put Out or produce the fruit of the Sprit, and we are to Put On the armor of God. This connection was, and is, so amazing to me!
Once I had committed these 3 lists to memory, I began to meditate on them daily. By the way, the great thing about memorizing scripture is that you can draw on it anytime. I can be in a meeting, in my car, in the bed with my eyes closed, or on an airplane. The Word can be stirred up within me wherever and whenever. This is a powerful tool and one that has made a huge difference in my life and one that I strongly encourage for all believers.
In addition to Putting In, Putting Out, and Putting On, I also wanted to remember where these verses were found in the Bible. I found that there was another pattern. What we are to Put In is found in Philippians 4, what we are to Put Out is found in Galatians 5, and what we are to Put On is found in Ephesians 6. Four, Five, and Six! I think of the letters PGE to remember the three books, Philippians, Galatians, and Ephesians, and the 4,5,6 because of the order. I remember PGE as an acronym for Praise God in Everything. WOW!!!, I just realized that my Word from the Lord this morning fits in perfectly with this! Why am I not surprised! This morning as I was praying, the Holy Spirit spoke and said that God's praiseworthiness is not dependent on our circumstances. Praise God in Everything! I may need a minute here. Whew. I am so in awe of His divine nature. I have to admit that this revelation brought me to tears. I love how He brings things together. I had no idea about this connection nor that I would be writing about this today. Very powerful. Thank you Lord.
Okay better now, so let's recap. Memorizing scripture is important and anyone can do it. I always thought I could not but I am able. Remember what we are to Put In, to Put On, and to Put Out, and measure your thoughts, speech, and actions against these instructions. I have begun to pray Lord, let everything I think and say and do glorify you. Storing scriptures in your heart glorifies Him because it is His Word and He is the One we are trying to please.
And finally, Praise God In Everything. Praise Him when you win and praise Him when you lose. Praise Him when things are going your way and praise Him in the storm. He may not take you out of the storm but He will be with you through it. And remember that God's praiseworthiness is not dependent on our circumstances.
I hope this blesses someone today.
Have an amazing day and proclaim the name of Jesus!