The Psalmist writes of the impact of memorizing Scripture.
Psalm 119:11 I have stored up Your Word in my heart that I might not sin against You. (ESV)
Jesus memorized Scripture. Remember as He was being tempted in the wilderness by Satan – time after time He quoted Scriptures, without access to a copy of Scripture or a library! Valuing the message of Scripture is one thing; reading it daily increases the impact; but memorizing it brings maximum influence on your life.
When explorer and missionary David Livingston was pioneering in Africa in a past century, he offered to teach one tribal chief to shoot and also to read. But the chief declined because he was afraid that if he read the Bible, it might make him content with only one wife, as it had another chief! Unleash the power of God’s written word by memorizing it. Someone has said, “Keeping the faucet of God’s Word running repeatedly through your mind will clear out the garbage and make you pure.”
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