God's Word Changes Us
We are committing several key passages of Scripture to memory, and you're invited to join us. Every week for six weeks we'll choose a verse from the Old or New Testament...by the end of the time, hopefully you'll have committed or cemented these verses in your heart and mind!
Here are some ways to help you memorize and remember: Write the verse out, put it somewhere you'll see it, repeat it out loud every day (think like 25x), make a recording of you saying the verse and play it back, put it to a tune, or do whatever will help you remember and recall what you've memorized.
"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Want some additional help? Here are some resources, tricks, strategies, and ideas on how to memorize:
- Ten Tips for Memorizing Bible Verses
- A Smorgasbord of Bible Memorization Methods
- 11 Steps to Memorizing an Entire Book of the Bible
- Joshua 1:9 to music. Listen with your kids or listen for the kid in you.
- Read the whole chapter of Joshua 1
2 Corinthians 5:17
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!"
How are we made new in Christ? Here are at least 5 ways:
We are given a new position in God’s family. We are transferred from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of his beloved Son (Col. 1). We are no longer enemies of God but are called children of God and friends of God (John 1, Romans 5).
We are given a new righteousness. Jesus took our sins that he didn’t deserve and in exchange gives us His righteousness we we couldn’t earn (2 Cor. 5:21). Our past sins are forgiven and seen as righteous in God's sight.
We are given a new nature. Our old nature (flesh, old man) is crucified with Christ...it is done away with. Its power, control, and dominance is no longer the defining reality in the life of the believer.
We are given a new power. The Holy Spirit that dwells in us and gives us new ability to walk and please God. We are no longer slaves to sin but slaves to righteousness. There is still a battle that takes place in our lives to either choose sin or choose righteousness (this is sanctification: Galatians 5, Romans 6, Colossians 3 talk about this), but because of the Spirit we now have the power, ability and desire to please God and not our flesh.
We are given a new future. The Spirit is the guarantee of our inheritance and future glorification (Romans 8).