When we studied Matthew chapter 4, we saw that Jesus was tempted by Satan. How did He respond to that temptation? Did He use supernatural power to resist? No, He used the very same thing that you and I have at our disposal, which is the Word of God. There is a reason that Ephesians 6 calls Scripture the “sword of the Spirit,” because it is our weapon against such temptation. Have you used it lately?
There is tremendous value in memorizing Scripture. One way that it is valuable to us is to help fight temptation. If you memorize a passage like Galatians 2:20, you are reminded that giving into sin is not an option. If you find yourself falling into the sin of lust, anger, laziness, pride, etc, try memorizing a couple of passages that address that sin. And then when you find that temptation creeping in, quote that passage. It will direct your thoughts toward God, not your own desires.
If you’ve never memorized any of the Bible before now, here is a helpful link that gives some practical steps for Scripture memorization. And if you need some suggestions for Scripture to start memorizing, try these. Through RCF discipleship, we want to help you make this a regular part of your spiritual growth. If you’re not currently in discipleship, contact us and we can give you more info.