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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Summary of lessons learned in scripture memorization



I will try to make this short, but I may not be able too since I have a tendency to ramble, and as I am already beginning to ramble as we speak I will try with a disciplined mind to speak less and say more.
So with out any further ado, let us begin.


I just wanted to let you know what I would do if I had to do this over, in the which I will implement on my next chapter/book if I can.

  • First of all and foremost I would get your partner to participate as much as possible in helping to get your memory work perfected.
 If your married, what better quality time could you ask for ?
And what better way to cement a christian friendship by magnifying the lord and exalting his name together.

Yeah, yeah, I say this because I don't have a partner, but I see how much it has hurt the speed and quality of my memorization.
 This is just mere speculation on my part of coarse. but I am pretty sure if I had a partner I would have done better.

And I am sure there are some of you who would disagree with me on that, but little ears should not hear those things that you would speak of at this time, or probably at any time, and I am sure your no angel either. Thank God for Jesus, amen?

  • I think that I will spend more time on each verse just to make sure I have it. so I don't have to second guess it as much in the beginning.

My biggest misquotes are the " then Jesus said", Jesus said unto him, saith unto him,  he therefore said unto them,  Jesus therefore said unto them, when had had thus spoken, when he thus had spoken,  John answered and said, Pilot therefor said, he answered and said unto them,  etc, etc,

 get it ?

There are just Sooo many of them and I didn't pay enough attention to them at the beginning and now I am paying the price, Boo hoo!

  • Okay, My hardest chapters were ( drum roll please! )  yes, it was John 17 but I am getting that down pretty good now and believe it or not, it is the hardest passages, the ones that I had to really buckle down and put sweat and blood into, are now some of my strongest verses, go figure huh ?

  • Okay, my hardest verses were ( never mind the drum roll this time ) and one of them still is.

You guys are going to laugh...John 19:35 .And he that saw it bare record, and his record is true: and he knoweth that he saith true, that ye might believe.

I can't remember the second part "and he knowth that he saith true !!!  every time I come to that part my mind goes blank.
Grrrr so frustrating sometimes.

  • And my first biggies that stood in my way were: John 6;22 23

   the day following, when the people which stood on the other side of the sea saw that there was none other boat there, save that one whereinto his disciples were entered, and that Jesus went not with his disciples into the boat, but that his disciples were gone away alone; 23(Howbeit there came other boats from Tiberias nigh unto the place where they did eat bread, after that the Lord had given thanks:)

These are now fun to rattle off , why I don't know... but it brings a smile to my face.

Maybe because it was a real trial for me at first and I over came it by Gods grace and persevered.

 Or maybe, deep down inside of me, I look at it like the  patriarchs did in the old testament when they had fought a great battle or dug a new well in a contested spot and gave it a name of remembrance..........  that, when every time they passed by that way again they remembered the Lord wrought a great Victory there, and smiled and praised the Lord!

I know your probably saying , " O gees, you sure are overly dramatic.
 And I pretty much agree with you. But I can't help it ......Yippee!! .....I have the book of John memorized !

Whats that verse about taking off your armor and boasting?

I can now take off my armor and boast  cause I did what I set out to do and accomplished it by Gods grace.

But now, I must put my armor back on and Pray earnestly, knowing that this is just the beginning and that time is short. I pray for you my brother. I pray for you my sisters. I love you all and long to join you in the fields, gathering fruit unto life eternal, and this is life eternal, that they might know thee, the only true God and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent.

Jn4:36 - Jn17:3


Sunday, February 19, 2012

Comments and answers, since blogger comments are broken!!

Attention everyone! ............Yippee! 

 I will post original comments on this page with their answers, while we wait until they fix the Blogger comment box which shows the original comments but not the reply's .....Lame.


Hi! I came across your blog linked from another site. Thanks so much for all the great information! I started memorizing about 6 months ago and have found that there aren't many people who see the value in memorizing something that you can look up on your iPhone in 30 seconds. I have really found that scripture has so much more power and meaning in my life when I commit it to memory. So far, I've done James, 1st Corinthians 13, and Matthew 5-7. I'm about to start John 14-17 and hopefully eventually the whole book of John. I'm encouraged to find other people who have found the value in doing this as well and look forward to keeping up with your blog. on More memory tips and links
           Lauren

my Response:

Greetings Lauren ,

I am really happy that you found some of this information helpful.

 I, like you, have discovered a "secret' untapped  power source, which over time I think has been forgotten and disgarded as something no longer needed and unnecessary 'work'.
But as an archeologist, when he discovers an ancient find, an article of immense power and puts it to use, not realizing at first  the profound affect that its going to have on his life, one day finds himself changing into something that only the supernatural power of Gods word could bring about.

And I am happy for you that you have discovered this fact for yourself, and I encourage you to press on, no matter now you feel or how hard it may seem at the moment .
You will succeed by the grace of God. And you are going to be sooo happy that you did!

God bless you in Jesus name, let me know how its going from time to time , it would be an encouragement to me and all who may stumble upon this blog.


I just wanted to add to this post because I began thinking about what I said and I sounded like, O man am I special or what?

 I want to say I am sorry, I could have deleted it but I left it, so you can all see what a dufuss I am.

Its only Jesus!

There are a lot of Christians out there who memorize and have a tremendous knowledge of the Bible, to whom I could not hold a candle too. And these Children of God have done so much for Jesus and I desire to emulate them, and pray that I can  do at least as half as much........ God bless you all.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

More memory tips and links

Summery of scripture memorization tips. Which is just a rehash of my other tips in a new place.

1.If you're truly serious about getting some chapters down, get an old bible or two, cause some of the pages are going to get smudged and fall out.

Just use them that way, or just print out chapters as needed.

2.Invest in some good Bible CD's, Mp3's etc. You will not only get fed Spiritually but you can focus on one chapter at a time if you need to. And of course they are great when you are riding in the car, traveling, before bed, shower, whatever, use it!

The more you familiarize yourself with the book/chapters your going to memorize the easier it will be. Especially when you run across some chapters that are 71 verses long, like John chapter 6.

Trust me, when your facing 70 verses and you only have one down and you're only vaguely familiar with whats ahead........ Bible CD's can become an invaluable tool, do I need to say more?

I personally like the Bible read by Alexandre Scorby. I made the mistake one time and got the New Testament read by James earl Jones> If you don't mind having Darth Vader read the Bible to you, well then their all yours, I'll send em to ya.

3.Get a note book to write those stubborn verses in and you'll know the kind when you get to them and use the first letter of each word method, if you're using 3 by 5 cards I would usually write the whole verse out on one side and just the first letter's of each word on the back.

First go over the verse while only looking at the letters letting your mind do the work in recalling what words they represent. Then check and double check, and don't forget that the Devil in the mean time is going to be giving you crap, ignore him.

4. Make sure if you can, that the word string that you're memorizing is coherent to you. If its too abstract, then its going to be a bit more difficult to retain it.
But sometimes, in order to get the verse that's following the one you just memorized, you'll have to work in the last few words of your last verse in to the first words of your upcoming verse.

Hope that doesn't sound to confusing.

When you start doing it, you'll know what I am talking about.

5.Repetition is the law memory, you know it and I know it and I know that you don't like it, cause it takes effort, plus, you got the devil screaming in your ear that you're not going to get this down.

If you thought it was just you having a hard time, please factor in the fact that the devil is not going to make it easy on you. Satan, really hates Gods word and would be really happy if you just decided to chuck it all, and go watch TV.

You are going to have to do some fighting, get over it.

On a side note, did you know that God has exalted his word above his name?

Look it up.

Okay, Back to repetition.

Take the pieces of the verse that you're working with and repeat it to yourself out loud.

Reinforcing it audibly really helps.

IE ; In the beginning was the word, In the beginning was the word, In the beginning was the word and the word was with God" Then add more to it, till you have the whole thing, got it ?

6. Review. If you don't review your new memory verses as often as you can ....at least once a day or every other day for the first week, then they are going to go bye bye.

Once you get a whole slew of chapters memorized, its going to get harder to review them all everyday, so once you feel you have some deep in your heart, and you'll know, then you can start dividing them up.
Do a few chapters one day and a few the next and so on.
Another important element in reviewing is, to take your bible, and recheck your verses one by one every so often.
You will be amazed how your brain will replace some wording, especially if you're memorizing the king James version.

Another important thing is ,if you can, review your newest verses before going to sleep even if you have to just read em, it helps a lot.

One of the ways they say to learn a new language is to post the name of the object on the object itself and repeat it often .

So likewise, you can put up your memory verses in places where your going to be seeing them the most,
Put them over the sink where you wash your dishes or on the bathroom walls, make it so that you can always "behold the face of your Father" no matter where you go in your home.

7. Believe it or not, your brain will get tired and more so in the beginning, so if your brain feels like mush, take a break and resume again later or tomorrow, or just take a day off.

* Another thing, unless you don't mind writing out the whole book of John, just use your Bible for reviewing your chapters or the pages that came loose from their binding, and speaking of which display them with pride.

Considering that some bibles only get touched occasionally by a feather duster or just used to prop up the end of the bed when the leg gets busted off.
You actually took yours into battle and wrestled with the devil for it. And though it now lays tattered and torn, you have won a great prize of victory in the high calling of God in Christ Jesus!

Now, go out and get yourself a waterproof bible like I did : )

When it comes to individual verses I would definitely take the time to write them out. I am in the process of rewriting all my verses out again as well, using 5 by 7 cards. And because I am older, P: I can write bigger.
If you can, try and get down more than one verse per card, because if you end up memorizing a 1000 verses, guess what, you're going have a thousand cards too.

Okay # 9 Most likely your going to have to get some small index card file box to store your cards in, because if you have them just laying about hither and yon, someone might come along and toss them into the trash thinking that they do you and God a service.

A topical file system might be the best way if you feel like going through the trouble which is what I am going to do this time. You know, Salvation verses with salvation etc.

10.This is something I almost forgot to mention, and its just my suggestion. If you are going to memorize a whole book,
Do not try and memorize the reference for each verse.

Why?
Because sometimes your brain will associate the reference with the whole of the book so you won't be able to recite it smoothly. For example, your brain is going to want to stop and give the referance # at the end of each verse. You don't read chapters that way why recite it that way, capeesh?

That's it for now, but If I remember anymore tips, I will revise this, or if you have any, please feel free to share them , thank you and God bless.

I do recommend doing the references for singular verses. And I have had a thought on how to recall my singular versus, by making them a string of verses all connected like a chapter or chapters, I'll let you know how that works out. 

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

More Bible memory tips.

 These tips were sent to me by James Arendt.

His website is chock full of great information he has collected on a variety of subjects which delve deep into the spirit world. If you want to know about Jesus and are concerned about World events and how they may effect you in the days to come, I encouarge you to check his site out at: http://deeptruths.com 

 
(Memorization Tips)

(Extract From Activated Issue #10)
Page:12-13

Memorization tips
--Transform your mind

    Why should we memorize Scriptures? There are many benefits! The Scriptures we “hide in our heart” will be a blessing to us all our lives; they’ll encourage our faith and help us recognize and thank the Lord for all He does for us. Memorization gives us a special closeness with Jesus, who is the Word (John 1:1-14). It is also easier to claim in prayer the promises that the Lord has made in His Word when we know these promises by heart (2 Peter 1:4).
     Jesus said, “The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life” (John 6:63). The Word is what gives us life and food and nourishment and strength and spiritual health. If you are faithful to hide it in your heart, it will come to life for you! You’ll also always have it with you, whether you have a Bible on hand or not. This is very useful when witnessing to others.
    As you delight yourself in the Word and meditate on it, the Lord will bless and prosper you, and you will be “like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season!” (Psalm 1:2-3).

1. Your memory can be developed like a muscle. The more you use it, the stronger it gets; lack of use causes it to weaken.

2. The more you concentrate, the easier it is to memorize. Find a quiet place, free from distractions.
3. Find the best time for you. Most people find it easiest to memorize first thing in the morning, when their minds are rested. The evening is a good time to review what you memorized that day.

4. Sight, sound and action. Read what you are memorizing, write it out, and quote it out loud to yourself. Using these three methods together reinforces the memory process.

5. Memory work is work! It does take a certain amount of determination and self-discipline on your part, but the more you do it, the easier it gets.

6. Know you can. God has given you a mind that’s more powerful than any computer. If you find it “impossible” to memorize, claim Philippians 4:13-“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”-and keep trying.

7. Set goals. When getting started, try to memorize one verse every day, or one verse every two days. Have short-term and long-term memory projects.

8. Be regular. Find one or two time slots in your daily schedule that work well for you. Five minutes or so at a time is all it takes.

9. Repetition is the law of memory. The more you go over what you’re memorizing, the quicker you’ll learn it; the more often you review what you’ve already learned, the longer it will stick with you. Go over a new verse three times a day till you know it well, then once or twice a week for the next few weeks, then once or twice a month, etc. If you have difficulty quoting an “old” verse correctly, you need to review it more often.

10. Try to learn the references too (the book name, and the chapter and verse numbers where the verse appears in the Bible). This will come in handy when you want to find the verse later.

“Bind them [God’s Words] continually upon your heart; tie them around your neck. When you roam, they will lead you; when you sleep, they will keep you; and when you awake, they will speak with you” (Proverbs 6:21-22).

For a listing of some of the most important verses in the Bible for memorization, arranged topically, order Key Bible Verses. You’ll find this small booklet-in a handy shirt-pocket size that you can easily carry with you-to be an invaluable memorization aid.

Try these verses for starters

John 3:16  For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
Acts 16:31 Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved.
Ephesians 2:8-9 By grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.

John 14:26 The Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.
Acts 1:8  You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me.
Acts 2:17  It shall come to pass in the Last Days, says God, that I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh Psalm 119:105 Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
Matthew 24:35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.
John 6:63 It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.

Jeremiah 33:3 Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.
Matthew 7:7-8 Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.
1 John 5:14 This is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.


PUTTING THE WORD INTO ACTION: MEMORIZE SCRIPTURES!    The more you concentrate, the easier it is to memorize.
n    The best time to memorize is usually first thing in the morning or last thing at night.
n    Use sight, sound, and action to help ingrain the verse into your memory.
n    Memory work is work and you have to work at it.
n    "Repetition is the law of memory!"
n    Memorize and review for short periods, but do it often.
n    You need to have a plan for reviewing.
n    Set a goal for what you will memorize each week.
n    Regularity is a key.
n    When quoting your verses, try to do it aloud.
n    Keep on memorizing even when you don’t feel like it or even when it is difficult.
n    Select verses to memorize that are meaningful for you and that you understand.
n    Try to learn the references, but don’t spend too long on them.
n    While it’s good to memorize the verse word-for-word, don’t insist on perfection.
n    Memorize a variety of both individual verses and longer passages.
n    Use your verses and it will help you remember them.
n    Review your verses at a steady pace.
n    Memorize Scripture songs--verses that have been put to music.
n    You can start by memorizing one or more of the key verses for each class in this workbook. Alternatively, select verses from the Key Bible Verses booklet.
n    Seven key Psalms to memorize: Psalms 1, 19, 23, 27, 91, 100, 121.

supplementary material
STUDY NOTES
HELPFUL HINTS FOR MEMORIZING

    These points can be applied to anything you are memorizing and studying, not just Scripture memorization.

1. Your memory can be developed like a muscle!
    The more you use it, the stronger it gets, but lack of use causes it to weaken.

2. The more you concentrate, the easier it is to memorize!
    Finding a quiet place, free from distractions, will help a lot.
    An unfocused camera lens gives an unclear picture, and a wandering mind, easily distracted, doesn’t get a clear picture of the things it observes, finding them hard to remember. If you give your full attention, then you’ll get a good clear picture of that verse printed on your mind.

3. Find the best time for you.
    In the morning when you're fresh after waking up, or right before you start your work, is usually best. All you need is 5-10 minutes when you can concentrate without distraction, if possible. Or, try the evenings. The important thing is to find the best time for you. Some people like to start the night before by reading over the verses they want to memorize the next day, so that when they wake up, they're already familiar with them.

4. Sight, sound, and action.
    Most people remember best what they see, while others remember best what they hear, and another portion best what they do in actual motions. By using all three of these faculties, you can increase your ability to remember. For example, by reading, you use your sight. If you quote your memory work out loud, you hear it too, as well as use your mouth to speak it. Then by writing the same verse to be memorized, it is often better remembered.
    Simply, the more involved you become with your memorization, the better you remember it.

5. Memory work is work!
    It does take a certain amount of determination and self-discipline on your part. Make hiding the Word in your heart a life-long habit! When it becomes a habit, it will get easier.
    It's plain hard work to memorize! You have to work at it--like digging a hole or scrubbing the floor or washing the windows or dishes--it's just hard work! You've got to keep repeating and repeating and repeating and repeating! Normally you'll memorize a verse phrase by phrase, that's about the best way to do it.
    The law of memory is repeat, repeat, repeat!

6. Set a goal or memory project for each week…
    …so you don't have to decide each day what you're going to learn that day. There are three suggested verses in each class in the Workbook. We’ll talk more about this in a minute.

For more memory tips:
    See also Activated! magazine, issue 11, pages 12-13.

(The section above was copied from the Class)
MORE MEMORY TIPS
1. Regularity is a key. It's best to have a regular time each day for memory work.
 2. Try to repeat the verses you are learning every hour during the first day, then two times daily for one week.
3. It has been said, "Repetition is the law of memory!" The more you review, the more it sticks with you.
4. Set a daily quota of how much you plan to memorize. The main thing at first is to make memorization a daily habit.
5. Quality, not quantity. It's not always how many verses you know that counts, but how well you can use them.
6. Memorize and review little, but often. A short time each day is much better than spending a long time every now and then.
7. For memorizing a passage of several lines or more, here’s one general approach:
    a. Read the whole passage, giving full attention to the meaning. If you don’t understand it, you will have a difficult time remembering it.
    b. Memorizing line by line. As you memorize each new line, always review the line before it, in a method of two steps forward, one back.
    c. Give more attention to weaker parts, spending more time on them.
    d. Then quote the entire passage.
    e. Try to review the passage every hour during the first day, then two times daily for one week. By doing this faithfully, many people find they’re able to remember it well for a whole month without review.
8. Initials: Another quick verse-learning approach is to just write out the first initial of each word for your review during the day. For example, to remember the verse Philippians 4:13 which says,
“I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me.”
You can jot down the reference and the initials of each word on a piece of paper like this: “Philippians 4:13-ICDATTCWSM.”-And carry it around with you. After a little while, the initials will be enough to remind you of the actual words.
9. When learning your verses, try to do it aloud.
10. Association: Many people find it easier to memorize by finding a pattern, a picture, or a certain order of words that helps memorize the passage easier. Here are some examples of learning verses with association:
a. Romans 3:23 and 6:23 - both talk of sinful man and have the numbers 23, and 3 and 6 are multiples, which helps to cue your memory.
b. Maybe the first letter of a set of words form certain initials that are easy to remember. For example, in Luke 11:9, the initials of the main words “Ask, Seek and Knock” form the word “ASK.”

10 tips to improve your memory
1. Intend to remember.
2. Understand what you are trying to remember.
3. Organize what you know into meaningful patterns.
4. Become genuinely interested in what you want to remember.
5. Use as many senses as possible.
6. Associate what you want to remember with what you know.
7. If you cannot find a logical association for a new fact, invent your own.
8. If you have a great deal to remember, spread it over a few days.
9. Review what you want to remember as often as possible.
10. The best time to memorize is at night before you go to bed.

Fresh air and exercise
    Exercise boosts memory power. Healthy people have fewer memory problems than people who get sick frequently. Exercise helps people maintain their strength and cardiovascular condition. It lessens stress and improves digestion and sleep--all of which boost memory ability. Best: Exercise moderately, but regularly.
    -- A study of 1,000 people by the National Center of Health Statistics, reported in Super Memory: A Quick-Action Program for Memory Improvement by Douglas J. Herrmann, PhD.
(Outlook 5)

Meditation Moments
BE STILL
By Virginia Brandt Berg

    “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, even though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though its waters roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with its swelling” (Psalm 46:1-3).
    In the 10th verse of Psalm 46 we come to that thought again: “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”
    -- "Be still and know that I am God!" Oh, that is a wonderful passage! I had an experience this week that surely brought that to mind. I was in difficulty to find someone whose address I did not have, and yet there was a great emergency!
    Just every part of my being seemed to throb with anxiety because that party had to be reached, and reached at once! It was something that just was necessary and needed immediate and vigorous action. I felt for a little bit like I would just fly to pieces if I didn't get ahold of this party and get some word to them!
    I was in sort of an inward turmoil, when suddenly this very verse came to me, just “be still, get quiet, know that I am God.” - And so I sat down, and very quietly I looked to the Lord, just composed myself and asked God's Spirit to be with my own heart and help me to have faith and believe Him to do something, so that I could get in touch with that one before something was going to happen that would have been disastrous!
    So as I sat there very still, and that verse had come to me, "Be still and know that I am God," I was really composed to a sweet quietness. And then as I sat there very quietly looking to the Lord, there came His Voice to my heart: Just write a note and take it to where they lived before.
    The party had moved and that is why I couldn't get in touch with her. -- Take it to the apartment where she once lived, and maybe there would be some reason she would come back there, or the people that owned the place would find the note.
    It seemed like it was Jesus that had spoken to my heart, so I wrote the note, and then immediately I got in the car with a friend of mind. We went over to the apartment and just as we pulled up there, the note in my hand, here came this very party that I had wanted to reach but no one could give me her address! Here she drove up in a car!
    Isn't it wonderful how the Lord works out things! And it was just the Lord that dealt with that emergency and it brought to success the whole issue! I learned then that as God's Word says, my strength "is to sit still!" In Isaiah 30:7, God's Word says, "Their strength is to sit still" (Isaiah 30:7b).
    In these crises days there is such a multiplicity of cares and burdens and so many things to be kept up with, and the mad rush! And with all the excitement it seems like we have a greater need than ever before for this kind of divine stillness, that God can just bathe our souls in quietness.
    You know, it is only when your mind is quiet and serene and there is a poise of spirit, that you can look to God to help you, and you hear the still, small Voice, or you come to know God, as the Word has said here: "Be still and know that I am God."
    How did my getting still make me know that He is God? The answer to prayer was so wonderful! He worked a miracle! And while I knew that He was God, yet again there was a witness, again here was God answering prayer in such a way that I knew in a new way that He is God!
    For a year and a half a long time ago, I had to live with someone that was always throwing the home into confusion and disharmony, or at least that person brought a measure of it into the home. It just seemed like this party could stir up the very dregs of our souls.
    It was at a time like that that God really taught this lesson: Just to keep quiet and He would handle that whole situation. The only hope for that situation was to not be disturbed and hurt, but to get alone with God and let Him put His hush upon us, just like He had commanded: "Be still."
    It was only when Jesus spoke that the winds become still! (Mark 4:36-41; Luke 8:22-25). And the same sweet Voice that commanded stormy Gennesaret to be still put a holy hush on our souls when this happened in our home.
    So many people have got the idea that stillness is a sort of controlled tension, a practiced poise, and that you can compress anxiety in some way! Well, if you do sometimes, you are just inwardly a boiling cauldron, though you are seemingly calm on the surface.
    But that isn't the kind of stillness we are talking about! The stillness of God isn't passivity! But it brings about the greatest clarity of thought and intensity of your desire God-ward. And it is in that stillness that you come to know God's will, and His Plan for your life.
    I know from experience, as I have often told you, that divine stillness often comes through trials and testings! You say, "Oh, how can that be?" Oh, yes! It subdues the soul, and suffering humbles the spirit! Are you going through a testing right now? Well, dearly beloved, you just get quiet and be still before the Lord and He will tell you why. Sometimes I know there are times when He doesn't tell why, but as a rule He will tell you why!
    He will show you how to get all the sweetness out of it, and how to look to Him in such a way that He will teach you wonderful lessons from it! But you've got to get quiet! There has to be that sweet still devotion, and then He can speak to your heart!
    Not in the tumult of the rending storm,
    Not in the earthquake or devouring flame,
    But in the hush that could all fear transform--
    The still small whisper to the prophet came.
    O soul, keep silence on the Mount of God!
    Though cares and needs throb around like a sea
    From supplication and desires unshod,
    Be still and hear what God shall say to thee.
    What shall the believer do in times of darkness? -- Just sit still and listen. Let him trust in the name of the Lord, and rely upon his God. Let him just sit still, as the Scripture says, sit still and listen.
    Now the first thing to do is to do nothing! -- That is, stand still. That's hard for human nature to do! There's a saying, "When you're rattled, don't rush." In other words, when you don't know what to do, just don't do it.
    I know many times in life I have run into sort of a spiritual fog and I have wanted to do something so badly in my own strength! I've just felt like I had to unsnarl the tangled wires, or I had to somehow find an answer to the situation -- but do something!
    The human energy just felt like it had to rush out and try to solve the problem itself, or work it out in some way! Human energy may help sometimes, but more often, just anchor your boat and let it swing upon its moorings for a while, and simply trust God!
    Wait upon Him, and see what God will do, and then as we are quiet and really trusting, God can work! Worry prevents Him from doing anything!
    If our minds are distracted and our hearts are stressed, and the darkness of shadow strikes terror to us; or we run here and there in a vain effort to find some way of escape out of the dark place of trial where the Lord doubtless allowed us to get -- He can't do anything for us!
    The peace of God must quieten minds and rest hearts! Put our hand in the hand of God like a little child and let Him lead us out into the bright sunshine of His love!
    God help you to trust Him! Be still! Let Him do the work for you! Perfect faith will bring the victory. Put your hand in God's hands, God will work it out!
(Meditation Moments 7: "BE STILL", some slight editing)


bUILDING bLOCKS
FAITH THE TITLE DEED
(Illustrations from Treasures pages 48-52 will need to be added if space permits. I will send another file with the pictures..)

    Faith has lost its meaning to us today. Today the word faith means kind of a hazy vague belief of some kind in something or other; the word faith doesn't really mean much. But in God's Word it means much more than that! It is the substance, it is the "hupostasis"; it is the title deed!
    Nearly 400 years ago, when they were translating the original Greek New Testament into English, the translators ran into a puzzling problem: How should they translate the word hupostasis in the 11th Chapter of Hebrews.
    They knew from the way this word hupostasis was used in other Greek literature that it apparently meant something fairly substantial.
    Some years ago archaeologists uncovered the burned ruins of an old inn in Northern Israel. There they found a small iron chest containing apparently the valuable papers of some Roman noblewoman who had been traveling in Israel at that time, for the purpose of checking up on her various land holdings, properties that she owned in Israel. In this little chest they found that most of the papers were labeled with a big title "HUPOSTASIS."
    All of these papers, which had the title "Hupostasis" across the top, were title deeds to her properties!
    This was long after the Bible was translated, but we can now take advantage of that discovery.
    If you turn to Hebrews the 11th Chapter, the word substance conveys the message quite well, but if you want to make it even clearer and more explicit, you can write above that word substance, in parentheses, "title deed." Now faith is what?--The title deed!
    This Roman woman perhaps had never seen her properties she'd bought in Israel, but she knew she had them and she could prove her ownership even though she had never seen them.
    A friend gave me a car once; I got the title through the mail. Though I'd never seen the car, never driven it, didn't know what it was like, I knew I owned a car. I knew I had it because I had the title in my hand.
    If you've got real faith, even though you haven't seen the answer yet, you've got the title deed to it! What you asked for is yours; your name's written on it, and you will see it eventually--that's faith!
    So how do you get such faith?
    “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17).
    Hear and read the Word!--The future is as bright as the promises of God!--Believe it!
(Treasures, Faith the Title Deed, revised slightly)

Sunday, February 12, 2012

More memory Tips

 This is from one of the web sites that I cannot find anymore.

Its a Gif photo so just "click on it and it will come to the forefront, there are some great tips in here !


Also here is another link if your interested

http://www.memoryverses.org/smc/index.html

This was a great site, very informative, if you want info overload.

 I will nave more soon.

 check back.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

The Book of Romans

Well, I have had two people say if they had a choice to memorize a book from the Bible, they would memorize the book of Romans.

The Book of Romans is definitely a literary masterpiece!

I love it!

There are treasures new and old to be found there.

Statements of profound and God inspired truths, that have remolded entire cultures and nations are within its pages!

But, I am not a Jew steeped in century's of Judaism  or am I ministering to the said mentioned.
And as I said, in addition to all the wonderful things scattered about in Romans that are of great value to the christian walk, a majority of it is a dissertation on the law and its repudiation.

I am looking for things the average Joe can relate to, like  the "simplicity of the Gospels.

To get bogged down in legalistic arguments and complicated jargon that only a Jew could comprehend would be a waste of precious time . I'm not saying I don't like it, in fact I enjoy when Paul gets down, he is pretty amazing! All Glory to God of coarse.

But again, I a don't really run into  that many Jews to witness to to justify memorizing the whole book of Romans.

Anyhow, that's just my opinion. If you want to memorize The Book of Romans, by all means go for it, I ain't stopping you.

Now there are a couple of  chapters I will be memorizing, Lord willing. chapter one and eight for example.

Anyway, I was listening to 1st Timothy and 2nd Timothy in the car today and I got to thinking how wonderful these shorter books are and how much wisdom and practical guidance are packed into these shorter missives of wonderfulness . I may work these into my being, along with 1st and 2nd Peter and the Thessalonians, and Philippians.
or I may do Luke or a medley of end-time verses which are definitely pertinent to these times and seasons.

Man , time is short ...so many verses so many chapters, if I only had not wasted so much of my time in this world on foolishness.

P.S.

Okay, maybe I will get around to memorizing the book of Romans. But I think I will finish the Book of Mark first, then get most of the shorter Epistles down as well,  then hit Romans and Hebrews.

 Like I said, there is a lot in Romans that I would love to have in my memory. But if I found a memory partner and they said well I;ll join you if we can do the book of Romans.

You what?

I would go for it !

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

A slow down!

This will be short, I am finishing the last 3 verses in chapter 17. Praise God!

why its taking me so long ?

There has been battles in my personal life that have slowed me down a bit and most of it has been my inability to find like minded individuals who have a passion for the word.
And not only the word but getting out and witnessing and doing some soul winning.

Well not that Christains don't liike the word, its that no one seems to interested in memorizing it, much less sharing it with others, except maybe for tournaments or something .

I am visiting this church who have the kids/teens/young adults, memorizing for the tournaments and I felt kinda of jealous because the adults/old farts don't have such a program.
So I thought well maybe I can help out a little, if nothing else, at least give them a few tips on how I memorize and what I have learned and asked the pastor a few times if I could help out and received no answer.

Its not like I am going about and saying "look at me everybody, I'm so awesome, Look at me! "

You know, every Christian wants to feel like they are being used by the Lord.

I'm thinking to myself, well I ain't good for much in this church, except as a pew warmer. Well, I do have one talent, here let me go get it !      ( gets shovel )  Oh, you don't want it ? okay ( gets shovel )

you know what ?

I knew trying to fit in with the established religious system would suck. its not about me either. I have been going to various churches in the area trying to find one that I could fit in with and have something in common. Man, they are all the same, with their personal corner that they claim to have on God. Their own little pet doctrines that they think makes them special and thee anointed ones.

They all talk about each other in an off hand way, its usually a ridicule or some bold arrogant statement of "fact" that no else is saved but them, how sad.

Either they are so fanatic that they brook no resistance and have become so harden in their nature, that they forget to become all things to all men, loosing the love and compassion of the Good Shepherd.

Or they have become all soft and squishy, obscure members of a congregation, quick to enter and quick to leave. Having performed their perceived obligatory duty, meld back into the world, having sacrificed their time on the altar of the preachers long harangue.

To clarify things a bit I don't mean that everyone is like that, because I have met a lot of people I have felt a lot of love for, and have grown quite fond of them and care for them deeply and I know they are doing the best they can with what they have.
But because of the the way the church system operates it has conditioned man to be weak and dependent on the preacher.
Church buildings should be the place to go after the battle of hand to hand combat with the enemy, in ripping away captive souls from the enemy's  clutches.

Church buildings (if such money should be even wasted at all ) should be a meeting place to share your testimonies of how the Lord has blessed you  in your weekly fight overcoming the enemy and leading people to Jesus and then share the word and get recharged and fellowship with one another.

That's right, get to know one another!

I don't know about you but, a handshake does not constitute fellowship in my book.

Sure, you may all feel a bit "shy" at first.

But you know why?

Its because you're not all on the same page!

Being exposed to the world all week long, slaving for mammon, ITS BOUND TO RUB OFF, AND YOU FIND YOURSELF HAVING MORE IN COMMON WITH YOUR WORLDLY FRIENDS THEN YOUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN CHRIST!

You want the key to perfect fellowship were everyone can feel comfortable in their conversation and where everyone can participate ?

Follow the advice of this verse and you will have it:

Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.

O no , did I just rant? 

Soooo, I am 3 verses off from having the book of John officially Memorized.
I did it guys, I did  it ! By the Grace and power of God I did it. all glory goes to him!!

 I recited 10 chapters today in my review time almost flawlessly, and I am not ashamed to say that afterword's I just wept at the beauty and power of God through his word, and that he gave me such a gift, to be a vessel, a container of the words of life, what a privilege.

Now, what next, Matthew,  Mark or Luke?

Some said Romans, but I will tell you why I will not, in my next post.