How do we know God’s will? How do we protect ourselves from the trappings of sin and evil? I believe with all my heart that there is no greater weapon at our disposal than God’s Word. The Bible.
If I want to protect my children in this world, if I want to teach them about how to live, what better way than to hide God’s Word in their hearts?
Your Word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against you.
This is one of the first verses my daughter and I memorized- I try to work on one verse a week with her. We started around her 2nd birthday, and I amazed by how many verses she has already memorized.
This has been such a blessing for me as well, intentionally memorizing verses with her has reminded me once again what a potent force Scripture can be in our lives– like a weapon that is kept sharpened- it can protect us from things b/c we are ready- we know the truth and are therefore more aware when lies try to creep in.
Every time I open my Bible I am amazed by how God’s Word applies so readily to our lives today. There is so much we can learn- so much to inspire us, to convict us- to show us overwhelming evidence of God’s Love for us.
Some of the verses we have memorized are as follows:
1 Thessalonians 5:17 Pray without ceasing.
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Romans 3:23 For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.
Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, and today, and forever.
Ephesians 6:1 Children obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.
Luke 1:37 For with God nothing shall be impossible.
1 Timothy 4:12 Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith, and in purity.
We are starting to go through the Roman Road with her, a group of verses that explain about salvation and will give us some opportunities to be intentional about talking to her about what it means to ask Jesus into her heart and be a follower of God.
This has been such a rich blessing for our family, and I pray that you will be blessed as well- in taking time to learn Scripture with your children.
It is a way of showing them, I think, that God’s Word teaches us how to live and is important to learn, to memorize, and to use to help us make decisions in life.