Sunday, December 28, 2014

The Joy of Memorizing the Bible

Today another year of memorizing the Bible via the Fighter Verse program comes to an end, and what an end it is! This week’s verses is John 11:25-26 where Jesus says, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die.”

There so much to meditate on here: (1) Jesus is our resurrection, the means by which we overcome death. This is not something he gives, it’s who he is. (2) The way we connect with the life he is, is through simple faith in him. And when we believe in him, even though we will likely endure physical death, yet we will live again because he always lives. Our body may die, but we ourselves can never die because through simple faith we are in him who is life. (3) To live and believe in Jesus are on-going actions. Day by day, moment by moment, we live in Jesus. We seek Jesus. We learn to know and love Jesus. We learn to submit to Jesus. We learn to do all things to the glory of Jesus. And day by day, moment by moment, we believe in Jesus. We put our faith in him. We put our hope in him. We wait expectantly for him because we know that he keeps all his promises and fulfills all his purposes.

All 52 weeks of the 2014 Fighter Verse program yielded this kind of rich insight for me, and helped me to love God and others more. I am deeply grateful to God for all he did, and I am deeply grateful to God for the fact that, although this year has come to an end, the next year of verses begins tomorrow.

And what a beginning it is! Next week’s verses are Daniel 2:20-21 where Daniel proclaimed, “Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, to whom belong wisdom and might. He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding…”

How many insights can you draw out of these verses? How do your insights apply to life with God and others? Next week I’ll post my answers to these questions; I’d love to hear yours as well.

Thank you, Jesus, for a great year, and thank you that tomorrow a new year of Bible memory begins!

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