Welcome! Thank you so much for joining us on the journey to go deeper in our walk with Jesus by committing God’s word to our hearts!
Last year at this time I chose the following verses:
1 Peter 5:6-7 (NIV1984
6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
I had written this reference down in my spiral when I heard it quoted by the quarterback of Texas Christian University after he led his team to an unexpected and electrifying 21-19 victory in the 2011 Rose Bowl. Yes, I’m a football fan. But even more than that, I’m a fan of people who stand up in front of a camera and microphone when the world is looking at them and give glory to God in the highest. It gives me chills even now writing about it.
I love these verses, and I think of them often. Especially verse 7. Truth be told, I forget verse 6 more often than not. This year my word is Love. Next year I think it should be Humility. And this may be my theme verse. I’m good about casting my anxiety on God, and I know that He cares for me, but too often I can’t wait for Him to lift me up in due time and I forget to humble myself.
My new verses from the Sermon on the Mount are regarding the law, Matthew 5:17-20:
17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18 I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. 19 Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.
These are hard verses, challenging to read and comprehend, and even more difficult to memorize. I am thankful for the experience of memorizing scripture last year or I might be a little intimidated by some of these. But the exciting thing is that I know from last year’s experience that by committing these verses to memory, meditating on them, studying them, I will be much more deeply affected than I have in the past just by reading alone. I pray that you are seeing the same kind of fruit from your memorization efforts!
Thank you for joining in on the discussion! I look forward to hearing about your verses and watching you encourage and love each other!
The Lord bless and keep each and every one of you,