The Bible is the most valuable thing we have in the world, it contains lessons from history, messianic poetry, proverbs of wisdom, the moral law, the royal law, the eternal gospel and the new covenant in Jesus’ blood. In addition, we have the end of the story written in advance. Yet reading God’s Word and remembering to obey, remains one of the most difficult spiritual disciplines to do on a consistent basis.

INTRODUCTION

If I have the Bible in my pocket and can ask the web anything, why should I spend time and energy meditating on God’s Word and memorizing Scripture?

It may be true that we have unprecedented access to the Bible today and that technology has greatly increased the accessibility of information, even biblical information. However, the Bible is much more than a reference book to be accessed when we have a problem and the web is much less than a panacea for the condition of the heart.

The Things of Man or the Things of God?

As humans, made in the image of God, we have a soul consisting of our mind, will and emotions. When we make decisions, it is very much a combination of our mind telling us what we know, our will dictating what we believe and our emotions sharing unedited feelings. Although we are created in the image of God, our sinful nature prevents us from making decisions that are always rooted in truth and aligned with the will of God. Unfortunately, our human nature to sin by disobeying God is strong and our instinct for self-preservation, over faith, often has its way.

The human condition is ultimately a condition of the heart. We can pray, seek God’s face and turn from our wicked ways or we can stubbornly rebel and disobey. If we choose to obey, there is forgiveness of sins and life forever.

But how do we put to death the deeds of the body and worship God in spirit and truth? The answer to this question will never be found in the proliferation of information. Only the power of God can change your heart and renew your mind.

Therefore, it is imperative that we shift our attitude from the things of man to the things of God. In Matthew 16:23, Jesus rebuked Peter and said to him,

Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.

One of the most effective ways we can change our attitude to be more like Christ is to set our mind on the things of the Spirit. Paul teaches in Romans 8:6,

For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.

One of the best ways we can set our mind on the things of the Spirit is to allow Jesus’ words to abide in us. Jesus taught in John 15:7-8,

If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.

When we meditate on God’s Word and remember it later, we are allowing Jesus’ words to abide in us. According to Jesus, when we are abiding in him (obeying him) and allowing his words to abide in us, we will pray powerfully and produce the spiritual fruit of righteousness that brings glory to God. The following is a sampling of Scripture dealing with God’s Word and the spiritual discipline of committing it to memory.

Your Law is my Meditation all the Day

Oh how I love your law! It is my meditation all the day.  Psalm 119:97 ESV
I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.  Psalm 119:11 ESV
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.  Joshua 1:8 ESV
And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.  Deuteronomy 6:6-7 ESV
I delight to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart."  Psalm 40:8 ESV

The Word of Christ - The Word of Truth

Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.  John 17:17 ESV
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.  Colossians 3:16 ESV
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is goo d and acceptable and perfect.  Romans 12:2 ESV

All Scripture - Every Word

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.  II Timothy 3:16-17 ESV
But he answered, "It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God."  Matthew 4:4 ESV

Conclusion

Having the web in your pocket is nice, but it has no bearing on the spiritual condition of your heart or on the state of your mind. Only God can change your heart and renew your mind. By setting our mind on the things of God, we can live by the Spirit and put to death the deeds of the body. We can focus our thoughts on God by allowing his Word to abide in us. Follow this link to read, "Theology and Scripture: why memorize and meditate?".

SonicBiblia makes it engaging and feasible for anyone to meditate on God's Word in context and memorize verse by verse with 10 minutes lessons. Click on any of the above mentioned Bible verses for a link to audio-visual memorization lessons.

Soli Deo Gloria