Excellent Jehovah, You are God amidst of all Your creation. We thank You for Your protection and guidance all through the night and waking us up this morning. Glory be unto You alone who is worthy of our praise. Father may we be part of what you doing this day, remember us when You are set to bless Your people. Amen.
Still in continuation of meditating upon the Word of God, we are going to look into Scripture Memory and the practical suggestion on how to spend time with God. Remember what God told Joshua in Jos 1:8. Endeavour to apply it to your life no matter how little at time, for a time will come when like Peter you will shout and ask God to let you build a tent for Him, Jesus and the Holy Spirit so that stay and converse with Him more regular.
There is no command in Scripture to memorize God’s Word. But it is clear that memorization furnishes us with:
- · Tools for effective service: “The Scriptures are the comprehensive equipment of the man of God, and fit him fully for all branches of his work.“ (2 Timothy 3:17, Phillips) (Ever
- · Victory over temptation: When faced with Satan’s onslaughts, Christ immediately and effectively quotes Scripture: “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God‘… Then the devil left Him… “ (Matthew 4:4, 7, 10, 11).
- · Obedience to God, and success in life: “This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous and then you will have good success.“ (Joshua 1:8)
Living with Christ in a victorious fashion without gaining command of the Scriptures is like:
Typing with arthritic feet with wool socks on upside down, blindfolded, 60 feet underwater – in ice cold sewage while choking on a clogged air hose… that leaks as someone shoots at you with a poisonous spear gun.
So… What are you waiting for? Get going on your Scripture memory!
Below are Practical Suggestions On How To Spend Time With God
Intimate fellowship with Christ was the purpose of both creation and the cross: “God… has called you into fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord… “ (1 Corinthians 1:9b) Here are a few suggestions on how to cultivate that intimacy:
1. Make the time regular — preferably in the morning:
Set a goal of 5 days a week, minimum. Solitude and silence should grace the time. If you are new at it, start with 10 minutes. The time will pass surprisingly quickly and soon you will find yourself expanding it to more.
2. Have a specific place where you can be alone:
3. Include in your time:
Confession of sin
Petition (asking God for answers)
Intercession (prayers for others) – Make a list of people
4. Read and meditate over Scripture:
Set up an ordered sequence. I find I get more when I take a slow, measured, and in depth approach, rather than race through a specified number of chapters a day. Begin by meditating from a Psalm and a portion of a Proverb. As your appetite (and allotted time) expands, you may also want to add a segment from the New Testament. Once this pattern is well established, you may then want to add a portion from the Old Testament.
Write down what you are gleaning from the Scriptures. I find using different colored pens to circle and underline principles and key words or ideas is helpful.
With appropriate passages ask, “What does this text teach me about Jesus?” Write it down.
Write out a prayer that relates to the passage. Also, jot down specific answers to prayer.
Record applications you are making from your time of prayer and meditation on the Scriptures.
QUESTION: If you are not consistent in your time alone with God, are you willing to begin now by taking the necessary time and effort to develop constancy in this critical area of your life?
Things are becoming a lot easier with the level of technological gadgets we have all around us today and it is getting better every day.
Can you get starting immediately, don’t put it off tomorrow for you are the owner of tomorrow.
Remain blessed in the Lord
Evang Ifeoma Ohondu