“Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” (Ephesians 6:17)
We all have those popular songs that we hate, but we know every single word to. Through constant repetition, playlists on the radio, music in the coffee shop and roommates blasting those awful songs, we learn the melody and lyrics.
And before we know it, we are mouthing the words to these songs.
I always ask myself, why it’s so easy to memorize song lyrics that I hate when it is so difficult to memorize Scripture. That is probably one of the things I’m worst at. I know people who can reference Scripture and know exactly what it says and where to find it.
Me? I’m lucky if I can correctly reference the New Testament or Old Testament.
I know the last thing you want right now is one more thing to memorize. You have notecards with a speech you have to memorize and a vocab list that you must know for the test. Scripture gets put in the background.
But why is it important to memorize Scripture like a favorite song?
Ephesians 6 talks about the armor of God – how there are different things that we need to arm ourselves with in order to be a warrior for Christ.
Scripture is the sword of the Spirit.
If you think about this in a literal sense, swords are used for fighting and defending. When people turn to attacking your faith in Christ, you need to be able to defend it. Fight for what we believe by the ultimate truth found in the Bible.
By memorizing Scripture, we know it and have it written on our hearts so we can use it to combat anything that comes against it.
Read, meditate and memorize Scripture so that you are armed and ready to defend what you believe.
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