Lacy Hardee

For the believer, new or lifelong, the Word of God is vital for so many reasons. In the Bible we find instruction, strength, comfort, and the basis for a strong and firm foundation for our faith in Jesus Christ.

So are we really taking full advantage of this powerful tool, a tool that will to increase our faith and help others find Christ by exercising it in our daily lives?

Statistically we retain only 10 percent of what we hear, 15 percent of what we read, and only 25-35 percent of what we study. Where is it that we retain 100 percent of God’s Word?

It is in the memorization and daily meditating that we can hold onto the words of God. As hearing provides insight from others’ study, reading of the Word provides us an overall picture. Study of the Word leads to personal discovery of God’s truth, and writing it down helps retention.

As we add the memorizing and meditation to our daily life, we are more able to apply His Word to our lives and more confident to share it with others. We have that needed power to overcome temptation and have God’s Word readily available to witness or to help others in their walk with God.

God’s Word offers instruction on these five methods we find we are admonished about in 1 Timothy 4:15: to “meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.”

Meditation is spiritual digestion, the process of getting God’s Word from our head into our hearts and lives.

Scripture memory pays the greatest dividends of all the methods, but it is not easy to do on a consistent basis. We need a strong commitment to Sripture memory, so we must pray for God’s help to keep our minds and hearts committed to meditating and memorization on a daily basis.

Journaling our thoughts, watching and listening to Bible studies by trusted leaders, and most importantly, sharing our thoughts and God’s Word with others daily will only multiply our retention.

The new life and the power we receive from making God’s Word a daily routine will be unfathomable, and as we grow in His Word, we will become more and more thirsty for it.

Are we ready to accept all that God has for us? Are we as thirsty for His Word as we once were? God’s love for us never changes and is immeasurable by human standards. He wants us to know Him intimately. Are we reaching out to return the favor? Are we learning what God has planned for us?

Colossians 3:10 and 16 says to us, “And have put on the new [man], which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: 16. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”

Let us all return to His Word daily and share it with another. All day, everyday. That’s how God loves us and we owe Him everything.

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