TODAY'S WORD FOR Wednesday, April 25, 2018:
The mental capacity of retaining and reviving impressions; remembrance; recollection.
Your Word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against You.
Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
Guard my teachings -- write them on the tablet of your heart.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
We both remember the importance our parents put on us to memorize verses from the Bible beginning while we were very young. Every week we memorized a verse and on Sundays in Sunday school we had to memorize a verse from the Bible. We never regretted memorizing these verses because today many of them come to mind when we face concerns in our lives.
We have mentioned several times in these devotionals that when we were raising our family we read the Bible and prayed together every night at dinner. We also all memorized a verse from the Bible together each week. We have continued this, as we are sure you know, as part of these devotionals by suggesting to you a verse to memorize each week as you read these devotionals. We urge you to make this a practice in your home.
At times we noticed that it almost became a contest among our children as to who could memorize the verse first. But the most important thing that we can see today is that these verses we memorized stuck with us all and literally daily at least one verse will come to our mind.
In the scriptures we have listed above you can see the importance from God’s perspective for us to memorize God’s Word. The Psalmist in one verse says to hide (memorize) God’s Word in our heart that we may not sin. God’s Word clearly defines what is sin. When we hide God’s Word in our heart, these scriptures that we memorized will be a constant reminder for us to walk as Jesus wants us to walk and His Word will guide us in that walk. Let us assure you that you will be surprised as to how many of the verses you memorize will come back to you at a time when you have a special need.
We have had requests from areas of the world for just one Bible. They have come from people living in areas where the people are poor and there are no Bibles to buy. We have heard of reports of the pages from the Bible being torn out to share one page at a time to others in their village. And then a little later after they have memorized some of the verses on the page they trade these pages so they can read and memorize another portion of God’s Word. This is such a contrast for us here in America where so many families have numerous Bibles in their house and very rarely open one at all.
Many places that we know of in our world there are believers memorizing God’s Word daily because they know there could be a day when their Bible will be taken away from them so they want to be prepared to always have God’s Word with them.
Thank you for taking the time today, if you are already not doing it, to commit to memorizing the verses we give you weekly in these devotionals. Start with the verse below or one of the three we have listed above. Our memory verse for this week, written below, is what America and the world needs now. Join us by living by this practical verse and believing God for a revival that will begin in our homes. One day you will understand why it is so important for you.
Our memory verse for this week is found in II Chronicles 7:14.
If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and forgive their sin and heal their land.
Give me a new desire to memorize Your Word. Help me and my family to realize how blessed we are to have Your written Word so we can hide it in our heart. Thank You for the assurance that You have given us in that by hiding (memorizing) Your Word in our hearts that it will guide our path and help us not sin against You.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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