I have hidden your word in my heart
that I might not sin against you….
I meditate on your precepts
and consider your ways.
I delight in your decrees;
I will not neglect your word.
(Psalm 119:11, 15-16)
Knowing God’s Word helps us
…when difficult times come,
…when sin threatens to overwhelm us,
…when others question our faith, and
…when we want to share with others.
I am so thankful for the ability to search for scripture on my phone, tablet, or laptop. However, sometimes we lose our phones, have dead batteries in our tablets, and leave our laptops home.
Sometimes we need a verse to use immediately, and even the delay of a minute to look it up may cause the momentary need to pass. I don’t want to miss those opportunities.
We should be ready with God’s Word when we need it. Although technology helps, it is not always reliable or available. The best way to keep our minds focused on God and to be prepared to use scripture is to commit it to memory.
Choose a favorite.
Review some you already know.
Enlist a memory buddy.
Use an app.
Make it a priority.
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Satan is a master at twisting God’s word. He wants us to question what we know about God. He wants us to have doubts. So he asks, “Did God really say that?”
When the serpent approached Eve in the garden, he said, “Did God really say…” When Eve answered she did not quote God’s word correctly. (Genesis 2:16-17; Genesis 3:1-3) Satan questioned God’s word. Eve did not answer with God’s word; she answered with her interpretation. Eve added to God’s word and, consequently, sinned.
When Satan tempted Jesus in the wilderness (Matthew 4:1-11), he quoted God’s Word, but he intentionally misused it. Jesus knew God’s Word and responded by using it correctly. Jesus was able to stand firmly because he knew what God had said.
When you are faced with the question Did God really say that? it is important to know what God really did say and to use His Word correctly. Don’t add to it like Eve did or take it out of context or force it to fit your purposes like Satan does.
Pastors and other teachers or commentaries and other study aids can be wonderful resources, but we need to know God’s Word ourselves. We cannot stand firmly on God’s Word if we do not know what it really says. To know it for ourselves we need to open the Bible. Read it. Study it. Memorize it.
I’ve always taught my children to check their sources. I want to know where they got their facts and if their source was trustworthy. The only way to answer the question Did God really say that? is to find out exactly what God did say. That means going back to the original source–the Bible.
Our best defense when Satan says, “Did God really say that?” is to know God’s Word and to use it correctly. If you want to know what God said, go to the place where His Word is recorded–the Bible.
The only way to answer the question “Did God really say that?” is to find out exactly what God did say. That means going back to the original source–the Bible. *♥*