James has been memorizing the book of James (ironic huh?) over the last month or so and he is doing a great job! I think he has almost the entire first book memorized. Its been amazing to see how his walk with the Lord has changed and matured through scripture memorization. Its a powerful testimony to others to not just share the idea of God says in His Word, but actually share scripture word for word. I've had a couple conversations recently with friends that I wish I could remember "exactly" where that verse was and remember "exactly" what it said. Regardless of my clumsy attempt to "quote" scripture to others when it comes up in conversations, the Lord still works and moves in me and all of His children. I still think it would be great if I could have the "exact" verse written on my heart and mind prepared for the next opportunity the Lord gives me to serve Him.
So, James has inspired me to do some scripture memorization myself. I had a recent challenge that forced me to lean on the Lord every moment of this particular day. And the way that I did this was reminding myself of a verse I had read that morning and calming my heart with the thought of "If God is for me, then who can be against me?" Everything worked out fine. I did my best. I was free from the situation and God was given the most honor and glory from it all!
The reason I share this with you all is because the verse I reminded myself of all day long naturally got stuck in my head and eventually was completely memorized, which caused a ripple effect and I want to memorize more...
Here's a piece of what the Lord has placed on my heart to know word for word and I hope it speaks to you in the same way.
"Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable- if anything is excellent or praiseworthy- think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me-- put it into practice! And the God of peace will be with you." -- Philippians 4:4-9