From the time I was in first grade I had to memorize a verse every single week. I was to recite the verse to my parents and then have them sign a very sheet which would be turned into my teacher. I did really well on this until about my senior year, then I got lazy. That year I just had my mom sign the sheet and then i would learn the verse about half an hour before the verse test. Not the best way to fill my mind and heart with His word.
This year I'm determined to change that. Two girlsfriends and I will be participating in someting called the "Siesta Scripture Memory Team" facilitated on the blog of the wonderful Bible teacher, Beth Moore. You can read detailed instructions here. Basically, you pick a Scripture verse on the first of the month, leave a comment on her blog saying which scripture you've chosen and then memorize it over the next two weeks. You will then repeat the process on the 15th of the month. You will memorize a total of 24 scriptures in all.
I'm really excited about this because I firmly believe in the power of Scripture. Nothing stops the enemy in his tracks like the Word of God. Hebrews 3: 1 reminds us to, 'fix your(our) thoughts on Jesus, the apostle and high priest whom we confess.' What better way to fix our thoughts on Him than to fill our minds with His words?
I'm already chosen my first scripture. I wanted something that goes along with the fast I will be doing. I chose I Thessalonians 5:23, "Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ." My whole fast is about getting rid of the junk and sanctifying myself before God. I thought this verse was perfect.
I hope that I have encouraged some of you to consider making a commitment to fill your mind with scripture this coming year.
For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart