Recently the Holy Spirit gave me a clear message that I am very excited to share with you today. I had been praying for several days "Lord, please stir up your Word in my spirit" and He answered my prayer! I have never been great at memorizing scripture but knew that I needed to be meditating on His Word more than I was.
I began reading Philippians 4 and was surprised at how many quotable verses there are in this one chapter. If you are looking for a chapter in the Bible to read, check out Philippians 4. Let me show you what I mean. I think these may sound familiar to you.
v.4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
v.7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
v.8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
v.12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.
v.13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
v.19 And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.
That's a power packed chapter!
As I was reading verse 8 and meditating on the list of things that we are instructed to think on, the Holy Spirit impressed upon me that this was a list that I should memorize. I repeated it over and over again; whatsoever is true, whatsoever is noble, whatsoever is right, whatsoever is pure, whatsoever is lovely, whatsoever is admirable, if anything is excellent or praiseworthy, think on these things. As I memorized the list and felt a sense of accomplishment, I also knew that I now had a tool I could use; a barometer with which to measure the quality of my thought-life. That's very cool.
Then He nudged me again. The Holy Spirit showed me that there were other lists in the Bible that I should memorize. The first that came to mind was the Armor of God.
Ephesians 6:14-17 tells us to "Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God."
Wow! This is another list.
Then I thought about the fruit of the Spirit.
Galatians 5:22-23 "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law."
Whoa! Another list.
I re-read these "lists" over and over again and repeated them in my head until I memorized all 3; the Armor of God, the things we should think on, and the fruit of the Spirit.
It was as if the Holy Spirit was waiting for me to be obedient in each step before He would reveal something new. Once I had the lists memorized and was repeating them in my head all day long, He began to show me the significance of these lists and how they are related.
He showed me that we are to "PUT ON" the Armor of God. We are to "PUT IN" good thoughts, and we are to "PUT OUT" the fruit of His Spirit. WOW!!!
As I was reciting these lists and meditating on their meaning, I found myself with both hands in the air pulling my hands downward to the floor to represent the putting on of the armor. Then with both hands extended I pulled my hands toward me representing the putting in of good thoughts, and with both hands pushing outward to represent the putting out of the fruit of the Spirit. The Lord had already showed me that the armor was for protection and the good thoughts were for peace and I was expectantly waiting for the third "P". The Holy Spirit spoke to me and said, "You are going to like this one" and showed me that, with my hands extended outward, that my hands were in parallel with each other. Producing the fruit of His Spirit puts us in PARALLEL (perfect alignment) with Him!!!
We PUT ON the Armor of God for PROTECTION, we PUT IN good thoughts for PEACE, and we PRODUCE the fruit of His Spirit to be in PARALLEL with Him.
I hope you are as excited about this revelation as I am. This has consumed me for the last few days, so much so, that I just had to write about it. Thank you God for sharing this with us!
Hearing from the Lord and repeating these lists found in God's Word has energized me. He gave us His Word to stand on. He answered my prayer and stirred up His Word in my spirit and He wants to do the same for you.
I believe that every Christian should memorize scripture. My challenge for you today is to memorize these 3 lists. Allow them to be a reminder of what you should put on, put in, and put out.
I pray that this Word from the Lord will bless you as much as it has blessed me!
Have a great day!