Foundation Verses

With the new year comes resolutions. Resolutions to do all kinds of things: exercise, lose weight, spend more time with family, eat less, save more money (or save money at all), be a better friend, father, mother, sister, brother or parent. While all of these are great and have their place, I started wondering how many of us made a resolution to be more grounded in God’s Word and know more about HIM?

Fighter VersesOver the past few years, I have had an app on my phone entitled Fighter Verses. (This is an app from Desiring God) I love this app because it is a great app for Bible memory. When we have God’s Word hid in our hearts, we can remember these verses when we are going through trials or temptations in our life. Not only is it a great app for Bible memory, it also gives a great list of foundation verses for children to learn. Children can not only hide God’s Word in their heart but they can become more grounded in His Word and know Him more.

I started thinking, if these verses are good for kids to know, how much more would it be for adults to know. These are verses that we should make the foundation for our faith. If we don’t know what we believe, how are we to reach this world for Christ?

Because of this, I am going to go through this list of foundations verses over the next year. I will cover one foundation verse each week. I would love for you to join me on this journey as we look at these verses and make a resolution to dig deeper into God’s Word and get to know HIM better in 2015, all the while, memorizing these verses and hiding them in our hearts.

Are you ready? Be watching this blog next Monday for the first Foundation Verse!

Memorizing Scripture

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I have stored up your word in my heart,
that I might not sin against you. (Psalm 119:11 ESV)

Scripture memorization is extremely important in a Christians life! Chuck Swindoll wrote,

“I know of no other single practice in the Christian life more rewarding, practically speaking, than memorizing Scripture. . . . No other single exercise pays greater spiritual dividends! Your prayer life will be strengthened. Your witnessing will be sharper and much more effective. Your attitudes and outlook will begin to change. Your mind will become alert and observant. Your confidence and assurance will be enhanced. Your faith will be solidified” (Growing Strong in the Seasons of Life [Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1994], p. 61).

John Piper gives us several reasons why scripture memorization is important:

  1. Conformity to Christ
  2. Daily Triumph Over Sin
  3. Daily Triumph Over Satan
  4. Comfort & Counsel for People You Love
  5. Communicating the Gospel to Unbelievers
  6. Communion with God in the Enjoyment of His Person & Ways

John Piper and the Desiring God staff have produced a resource that is invaluable to all Christians. This resource is call “Fighter Verses”. The Fighter Verses website is designed to help Christians hide God’s Word in our hearts.

Fighter Verses are memory verses specifically chosen to help believers “fight the fight of faith.” Practically, they are verses that Christians need to remember when they are facing a trial, temptation, or battling to strengthen or maintain their faith.

If you are serious about wanting to memorize scripture and “hide it in your heart”, then the Fighter Verses website is a great place to start!

How do you memorize scripture? What techniques help you to hide God’s Word in your heart?

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