I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. Psalm 119:11
Meditation: Imbedding God’s Word into our hearts is important. It will help us stand against temptation, the world and Satan. Even Jesus answered Satan’s temptations with the Word of God. He didn’t argue and try to sway Satan’s view, but answered each temptation with quotes from Scripture. The Word of God is a powerful, two-edged sword. To wield it in our defense, we must know it. Imbedding God’s Word into our heart means that we know it so well that it becomes a part of us. This requires continual study and also memorization of Scripture.
We tend to come up with excuses for not spending the time and energy it takes to hide God’s Word in our heart. Some men balk at memorizing God’s Word as legalistic. Others are lazy. It is too much work. Still others are too busy and don’t take the time. Whatever our reason, we need to get past it and begin putting God’s Word into our heart. We need to be able to defend ourselves from the temptations that come our way on a daily basis. Rote and discipline? Yes. Fun? Usually not. But memorizing portions of Scripture is one the most important things we can do in our walk with the Lord. It will help us stand against the temptation to sin and will build our relationship with the Lord.
Challenge: What is your excuse for not daily studying or memorizing God’s Word and putting it into your heart? Put the excuse aside and pick a verse meaningful to you and memorize it. Don’t take on too much. Begin with something easy. Work up to more challenging verses. Spend time in God’s Word daily. Put God’s Word into your heart and bring it to mind on a daily basis. It will not keep you from sinning against God totally, but it will help and it will improve your walk with Him.
Thought for the Day: Lord, help me to hide Your Word in my heart and use it to strengthen my walk with You and stand against temptation.
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