‘Everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.’ Matthew 7: 24 NIV.
Years ago when I was a baby Christian, I heard a sermon about learning God’s Word and remembering it. The church that I was attending at the time was on fire for God, everyone loved Jesus Christ and the Holy Bible. Members of the congregation were nurtured to be the Lord’s disciples and sent them out to plant new churches.
The Minister at the time preached about Joseph’s dream about the seven fat cows followed by the seven thin cows. He said we should learn and memorise the Word of God while we can, because in the future we might need it.
There are times when you hear God’s Word and it rings true in your heart and mind and for me, this was one of those times. Since that moment I have tried to learn Bible verses when they have stood out to me and it has been so beneficial.
‘I have hidden your Word in my heart.’ Psalm 119:11.
There have been times when I have had difficulty sleeping and I have churned over a Bible verse in my head before dozing off.
Sometimes when I have been going through a tough time, memorised words of support and encouragement have come into my mind and spurred me on to keep going.
On other occasions, a brother or a sister has needed support in their faith and just like when you search for something on the Internet and a selection of different options appears, the Lord has given me a verse to share with them.
When you are about to do something that you suspect might be wrong, a Bible verse will pop into your mind to confirm your apprehensions and stop you before it is too late.
‘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.’ Hebrews 4:12 NIV.
Recently in Britain, there have been new laws being introduced which have gone against God’s Word and are attempting to restrict Christians in what they do and what they say in public. Who knows, in time we may be asked to extract the verses from the Bible that highlight the waywardness of society?
I awoke today with these thoughts on my mind and felt prompted to share them with you.
Read God’s Word, learn God’s Word, practice God’s Word and speak God’s Word.
He has said, ‘My word will not come back void.’
‘All scripture is God–breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.’ 2 Timothy 3:16-17 NIV.