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4 Keys to Deep Worship.


 

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When I heard those words, it was as if a dam within my soul broke, allowing torrents of praise to flood my lips. I told Him how wonderful He was. I recited the attributes of God I had learned in Bible college. When I finished, He asked me if these were the only adjectives I had for Him.

With a sense of awe I responded simply, “You are wonderful.”

A picture came to my mind, and I saw the face of Jesus before me as if it were framed. Then the frame faded. As I looked into His face, I told Him how much I loved Him. I had never done that in my life. I told Him how precious He was to me. I went on and on, trying to express my love for Him with my limited vocabulary.

When I was answering His three questions, it seemed as if just a few moments had passed. But it had actually been an hour and a half since I first knelt there. For the first time in my life I had been in the presence of God in such a way that I had lost all consciousness of time. I had begun to experience true worship—my heart responding to the love of God and expressing adoration and love to Him. All my years of Bible training, study and ministry had not evoked the response of worship from my heart that a few moments of divine revelation in His presence had.

As a sincere Methodist professor and pastor, I had thought I understood what worship of an omnipotent God involved, and I regarded our worship services as important expressions of true reverence for God—the creature worshipping his Creator. Though we did honor God sincerely from our hearts, I now understand that we had defined worship very narrowly according to the tradition of our church fathers.

My renewed study of the Scriptures concerning worship has helped me understand the divine destiny each of us has to become worshipers. Much of what is written in my book Worship Him (Creation House) is what I have learned as I have allowed my Teacher, the blessed Holy Spirit, to open my spiritual eyes to the purpose of God for our personal fulfillment—to become worshippers of God in spirit and in truth.

When I searched the Scriptures with this purpose in mind, many passages I had read before and thought I understood doctrinally began to live in my heart in a new way. Since that pivotal worship experience in my room, I have enjoyed God’s manifest presence in praise and worship many times. I have also experienced the glory of His presence while studying His precious Word, observing communion and fellowshipping with other believers.

Worshipping God has many facets of reality, as we shall discuss, that make it a central theme of the Scriptures. Understanding true spiritual worship is imperative for all believers who sincerely want to know God more intimately.

Worship Defined

As we learn about different aspects of worship, our definition of worship will become more comprehensive. But we can begin with a simple working definition from Webster’s Dictionary: “showing honor or reverence to a divine being or supernatural power; to regard with great, even extravagant respect, honor or devotion; to take part in an act of worship.”

The Old English spelling of the word is worthship, which aptly conveys the idea that the one to whom we show honor has worth. Worship is not an arrogant demand of God toward His creatures; it is rather a natural response from hearts that comprehend the infinite “worthship” of God—hearts that are surrendered, silent, repentant and mature.

1. A surrendered heart. The biblical pattern of worship is based on the surrender of the heart to the lordship of Christ. Without the heart reality of obedience and submission to the Word of God, we will never experience true worship in spirit and truth. Participation in the sacraments as well as in charismatic expressions of worship must reflect a heart that is bowed in gratitude and love for God in order to become true expressions of worship.

This is the fundamental essence of worship: I bow my heart before God Almighty and acknowledge His supreme lordship over my life. It is realized through total surrender of the worshipper to the One worshipped. Only as we choose to acknowledge God in all our ways (Prov. 3:6) and give Him control of our lives and destinies can we become true worshippers of God.

2. A silent heart. Worship will not always constitute the forming of words or phrases to utter before God. But it will always involve the humble prostration of our souls before God as we revere His greatness in silence and stillness. The psalmist understood this when he wrote of the Lord, “Be still, and know that I am God” (Ps. 46:10).

Even in human love, affection is not always expressed verbally. Sometimes more is said through eye contact than could ever be expressed in words. Worship involves eye contact with God; it is staring at God! A worshipping heart longs to gaze upon the Beloved and know the fulfillment that comes when that gaze is returned.

3. A repentant heart. Brokenness over our own sin characterizes a worshipping heart. When Mary came into the Pharisee‘s house to express her love for Jesus, she wept, washed His feet with her tears and anointed them with a costly ointment. The Pharisee condemned her as a sinner and accused Jesus for not knowing what kind of woman she was. But Jesus rebuked the Pharisee for not offering to wash His feet, the customary thing for a host to do. Then He forgave this sinful woman for all her sins (Luke 7:36-­50).

Mary’s tears were an outward manifestation of a heart that was deeply stirred before her Lord. She was repentant and so overcome with desire to express her love that she rejected the protocol of the day and barged into a private home uninvited. This was not a show. Her tears and her kisses were a sincere expression of her penitent heart.

4. A mature heart. As we grow in our relationship with God, we will grow in our desire and our ability to worship. Spiritual maturity does not exempt one from being a worshipper; it enables one to worship more perfectly and to teach others to worship.

We were made for worship! God created us with a longing to be rightly related to Him in a loving relationship that evokes worship.

Surrender to His lordship in every area of our lives releases us into greater dimensions of worship that bring new revelation of God to our hearts. With each new revelation, we become more satisfied and walk more fully into the divine destiny for which we were created. The priority of worship God purposed will become the dynamic of our lives that brings true fulfillment.

Read a companion devotional.

Fuchsia Pickett, who passed away in 2004, was miraculously healed of a genetic, life-threatening disease in 1959, was baptized in the Holy Spirit and began to minister the Word of God worldwide. Known for her remarkable insight into Scripture, she was a Methodist professor and pastor for more than 50 years. She also wrote the best-selling book The Next Move of God, as well as Worship Him, from which this article is adapted.

FUSCHIA PICKETT

Fitness Myths.


Toward the start of the summer, I read an article on the top ten fitness myths.

1.       A higher number on the scale means you’re getting fatter.

2.       Lifting weights makes women bulky.

3.       When you stop weight training, muscles turn into fat.

4.       Running on a treadmill is better for joints than running outside.

5.       Moderate aerobic work puts you in the ideal fat-burning zone.

6.       As long as you exercise you can eat anything you want.

7.       Machines are safer than free weights.

8.       If you don’t sweat, you’re not working.

9.       Fat can be spot-reduced.

10.     Stretching before exercise improves performance.

Have you been buying into any of these?   (If you want to know why they are myths, see the link to the article below.)  Most are just wishful thinking, wanting to believe there’s a quick path to getting in shape.  But some are believed on the basis of misinformation.  Regardless of the reason, believing them can lead not only to frustration, but poor health.

But myths don’t just lurk in the world of physical fitness.  They exist in the world of spiritual fitness, and specifically in regard to the health of a church.

Here’s a fast five:

1.  Numerical growth is no sign of spiritual health.

This is a half-myth.  The part that is true is that numerical growth alone isn’t all there is to the spiritual health of a church.  The myth part is that the absence of numerical growth shouldn’t be a concern.  A New Testament church will be an evangelistic church, experiencing the Acts 2:47 dynamics of people coming to faith on a regular basis.  That means growth.  If a church isn’t growing numerically, it’s dying.  It’s as simple as that.

2.  Discipling churches are those churches where people are getting fed.

Whenever people critique a church on the basis of discipleship, the mantra is always the same: “I wasn’t getting fed.”  The problem is that discipleship isn’t about getting fed.  It’s about developing yourself into a person who learns.  The heart of this learning is not from a pastor or teacher, but from the Scriptures coupled with a life of service.  So it’s not about getting fed, but learning to feed yourself.  If all you are doing is getting “fed,” you are simply getting head-knowledge and, probably, spiritually flabby.

3.   It’s important to have children sit with their parents during the service.

Whether your child sits with a parent during a weekly service is not the mark of effective ministry to families.  A ministry to families is a comprehensive, holistic approach to marriage, parenting values and spiritual nurture.  And speaking of nurture….Specialized programs and experiences for children – developed with their maturity and attention span in mind – are much better for their spiritual development than having to sit through a service they probably don’t understand much less enjoy.

4.  Small churches are warm and personal; big churches are cold and impersonal.

Some of the coldest, most cliquish churches on the planet are small.  That’s why they’re small.  Big churches are often warm, welcoming, friendly and accepting.  That’s how they got big.  The truth is that size has nothing to do with whether winsome community exists; but the larger the church, the more it is reasonable to assume they must be doing something compelling on the relational front.

5.  If you emphasize outreach, you must be diminishing discipleship, because you can’t do both.

This may be the biggest myth of all.  The idea is that if you’re really good at reaching people, that’s all you can be good at.  It will take a different kind of church to then mature them.  So church “A” is good at reaching someone, but it takes church “B” to disciple them.  It’s just the nature of what it takes to reach people and then disciple them.  But if this is true, Jesus lied.  He said that every church is to reach and teach, evangelize and disciple, grow and enfold (Mt. 28).  If that’s not possible, then the entire enterprise is doomed.  But, of course, He didn’t lie.  We’re the ones that set it up as a dichotomy.

Like I said, this is a fast-five.  Click here and post some more.  Or disagree with one of mine.

But whatever you do, ground yourself in what really makes a church healthy – because it may not be what you think.

James Emery White

Sources    

“10 fitness myths, debunked,” Gabriella Boston, The Washington Post, May 28, 2013, read online.

Dr. James Emery White

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

Editor’s Note

James Emery White is the founding and senior pastor of Mecklenburg Community Church in Charlotte, NC, and the ranked adjunctive professor of theology and culture at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, which he also served as their fourth president. His newly released book isThe Church in an Age of Crisis: 25 New Realities Facing Christianity (Baker Press). To enjoy a free subscription to the Church and Culture blog, log-on to www.churchandculture.org, where you can post your comments on this blog, view past blogs in our archive and read the latest church and culture news from around the world. Follow Dr. White on twitter @JamesEmeryWhite.

{ Day 10 }.


You search the Scriptures, because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is these that bear witness of Me; and you are unwilling to come to Me, that you may have life. —John 5:39-40, NAS, emphasis added

For the first time in my life, zeal was not enough. If anything, it had turned on me and become my enemy—condemning me for my spiritual failures. My human zeal was not able to deliver my heart. My increasing anger toward God and people added to my burden of guilt feelings. I was almost twenty years old by this time—and was a ball of frustration on the inside because I viewed myself as a spiritual failure.

{ PRAYER STARTER }

Lord, I too, like Mike Bickle, have felt like a spiritual failure at times. Help me to blaze with passion for You.

I suddenly realized I was like the pious Pharisees
who studied the Scriptures yet did not enjoy
a relationship with the person those
very Scriptures were about.

By MIKE BICKLE.

Charles Stanley: 10 Ways to Know You’re Following the Holy Spirit.


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Not sure if you’re being led by the Spirit? Here are a few key Scriptures to help discern.

1. The Holy Spirit guides us into God’s will.

Ps. 143:10: “Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God; Your Spirit is good. Lead me in the land of uprightness.”

2. The Holy Spirit guides us to pray God’s will.

Romans 8:26-27: “The Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. … He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.”

3. The Holy Spirit guides us to live by God’s Word.

Ezekiel 36:27: “I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them.”

4. The Holy Spirit guides us to obtain God’s promises.

Ephesians 1:13-14: “In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession.”

5. The Holy Spirit guides us away from sin.

Galatians 5:16: “I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.”

6. The Holy Spirit guides us into the truth.

John 16:13: “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.”

7. The Holy Spirit guides us into our ministry.

Luke 4:18: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed.”

8. The Holy Spirit guides us to see what God has given us.

1 Corinthians 2:9-13: “‘Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.’ But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. … We have received … the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.”

9. The Holy Spirit guides us by His power.

Zechariah 4:6: “‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the Lord of hosts.”

10. The Holy Spirit guides those who belong to God.

Romans 8:14: “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.”

Source : CHARISMA NEWS.

CHARLES F. STANLEY

Bill Johnson: Walking in the Supernatural.


f-Johnson-Naturally-SupernaturalA miracle lifestyle begins in God’s presence

For decades, maybe centuries, the church has gathered weekly around a sermon. Our reasons are noble: We value the Scriptures and know that our lives are to be anchored in truth. But the study of the Scriptures is meant to launch us into an encounter with the person of Jesus Christ.

In that moment of connection, we obtain life. Without encountering the One to whom Scriptures point, we are a people to be pitied. As Jesus told the Pharisees, “You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life” (John 5:39-40).

Nearly every leader wants revival in one way or another, and many want healings, deliverances and miracles. But it’s hard to have the same fruit as the early church when we value a book they didn’t have above the Holy Spirit they did have.

That statement is not intended to get us to put less value on Scripture. That would be a great mistake. I simply point to the fact that without the Holy Spirit, the Bible is a closed book. The Bible was written in such a way that only those in relationship with God have ongoing access to its mysteries. The Holy Spirit opens our eyes to see truth. Jesus is the truth we long to understand. Jesus Christ is perfect theology.

The church camps around the sermon; Israel camped around the presence. Learning to recognize, treasure and carry this presence is at the heart of the Christian life. Recalibrating our hearts to this supreme value affects everything.

Encountering God

I don’t know any leader who would deny that our greatest treasure is God’s presence. Yet to camp around the presence of God in our personal lives, as well as in our corporate gatherings, means He is the reference point for all that is said and done—something like due north to the compass. God’s presence may be central in theory for many of us, but it is time for it to also become so in practice. It must be measurable.

We know instinctively that our encounter with God is what changed us. For some, it was a “road to Damascus” experience—extreme and hard to miss. For others it was much more subtle, like the internal realization of God upon them that made repentance possible. At that point, they were forever changed. We owe the people we serve an encounter with God, and for that to be a consistent outcome of our ministries, we must be full of the Holy Spirit. Fullness is measured in overflow.

Many have stopped short of a divine encounter because they were satisfied with good theology. I became painfully aware of this truth in 1987 when I attended a John Wimber Signs and Wonders Conference. Of the many conferences I had attended through the years, this was the only time every teaching I heard was one I had already taught. Even some of the illustrations were the same as mine. It was eerie. I left somewhat discouraged, as I became aware that I had good theology, but they had fruit for what they believed. People were set free just as when Jesus ministered here on earth. Painful as that lesson was, I discovered I had to learn to put a demand on what I believed. Encounters with God were essential. Living a lifestyle of risk would be required to get me where I wanted to go.

Cultivating Awareness of God

The cultivated awareness of His presence is vital. To be truly effective, this awareness should be learned when there is no ministry. It is to be developed in the context of relationship, not performance/ministry. What we learn when no one is watching will qualify us to lead His people when everyone is watching.

Too many cry out to God for gifts, breakthrough in meetings and fruitfulness in evangelistic campaigns, but show little zeal for the Holy Spirit outside of ministry. He is to be encountered, experienced, known, followed and affectionately embraced. To show passion for God only in ministry is professional intimacy. And we have a name for those who are intimate as a profession.

Consider Jesus’ times on the mountaintop alone. The Father declared before Jesus had done anything: “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (Matt. 3:17). He had already found pleasure in the heart of His Father outside of the context of ministry. We have the same opportunity to capture the heart of the Father just because of our delight in who He is. The ministry that comes out of His acceptance is far greater than the ministry that works for His acceptance. Love serves from favor, not for favor.

The Dove That Remained

When Jesus was baptized in water, John the Baptist said, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and He remained upon Him” (John 1:32). The Holy Spirit, Himself, who inspired the Scriptures, described His relationship with the Son and the Son’s relationship with Him with these words, “And He remained upon Him.” This is significant because it implies that there was never any reason for the Holy Spirit to withdraw from Jesus.

We know that the Holy Spirit dwells in us. But it’s my conviction that He doesn’t always rest upon us. Jesus wants us to know how to be a people upon whom the Holy Spirit will rest continually. I put it this way to our people: “He is in me for my sake. But He’s upon me for yours.” The Spirit of God rests upon a person (both in the Old or New Testament) to impact that person’s surroundings.

“And immediately, coming up from the water, He saw the heavens parting and the Spirit descending upon Him like a dove” (Mark 1:10, emphasis added). The phrase, “the heavens were parting,” employs the same word used to describe the tearing of the veil of the temple and the splitting of rocks around Jerusalem, both in response to the death of Christ (see Matt. 27:51).

What happened at Jesus’ baptism was a violent act, not a passive wispy parting of clouds. It is the initial answer to Isaiah’s prayer, “Oh, that You would rend the heavens! That You would come down!” (Is. 64:1). The heavens were torn open at Jesus’ baptism, and the Holy Spirit came down. When the Holy Spirit was released upon the church in Acts 2, it was equally a testimony to that open heaven.

The heavens are open! For the believer, most closed heavens are between the ears. We were born again into open heavens and cannot afford to think otherwise. We make a mistake whenever we think that the oppression over our city is over us as well. It isn’t. When we think non-biblically, the enemy becomes empowered by our
unbelief. But a believing church, one that camps around the presence of God, will always help to define the nature of the world that they live in.

While open heavens may not yet cover our cities, we do not usually get increase in kingdom realities if we ignore or abuse what we’ve been given. For example, we generally don’t receive an increase of favor or finances unless we have been faithful with what we’ve been given. So it is with open heavens. What exists over me can exist over my city through faithfulness and radical obedience. It’s time to train the church to steward our greatest treasure: Holy Spirit—the evidence of an open heaven. When we treasure the Spirit, more will come.

As the church learns to live with an awareness of God’s presence upon us, we influence the atmosphere of the world around us, not only through our witness, but also through our presence. We broker the reality we are most aware of into our surroundings. Jesus modeled this after being awakened by His disciples in a life-threatening storm. He stilled the storm with a rebuke and the declaration of “Peace, be still!” (Mark 4:39). What enabled Him to sleep in the storm also calmed the storm when it was released from Him—peace. His internal reality became His external reality.

The Jesus Lifestyle

Jesus lived under an open heaven. No power could come between the Father and the Holy Spirit upon Him. What was provided for Jesus is also provided for us. He set the stage for a lifestyle that was to be manifested globally by those who follow Him.

The impact of both the open heavens and the presence of the dove upon Him became evident quite quickly. A woman noticed something intangible, something without definition. Her sickness drove her to the desperate act of touching a man in public, though she was “unclean.” In desperation, she touched His clothing and became well (see Matt. 9:20).

Jesus never taught about this secret to the miraculous, either before or after her miracle. Obeying a command did not heal her. She simply noticed the ways of the Holy Spirit upon Jesus and cooperated. The grace environment that surrounded Jesus invited people to explore. She was healed when she responded to an opportunity that no one else could see. However, once she experienced her miracle, her story spread.

By the time we get to the end of Mark 6, everyone who touched Him was made well. Even then, He never taught on the subject. He just lived as an open invitation for all to seek the One who desired to be found.

This adds an interesting insight to the possible effect of every believer who desires to live as Jesus did. The Holy Spirit upon us is accessible by others. People were healed as Peter’s shadow passed by. Our shadow always releases whatever overshadows us. Peter had learned to host Him well.

Pay the Price

To claim that the treasure of His manifest presence has priority over everything else must become evident in the price I am willing to pay to give Him honor, while maintaining such presence. While the Spirit was given without measure, what we possess is often different from what is in our account. We have the measure of presence that we are willing to jealously guard.

We must place the manifest presence of the Lord in our non-negotiable column. It’s hard to know whether the presence of God is really a priority until, to protect it, I’ve suffered the misunderstanding, ridicule and rejection that come with the territory.

Many have asked for the secrets to ongoing miracles or a meaningful prophetic culture that builds instead of tears down. The No. 1 most overwhelming key to opening up the supernatural as a lifestyle is becoming a true worshipper, in and out of the corporate gathering. This, combined with a devotion to the study of Scripture, has prepared us for the miracle lifestyle more than any other element of the Christian life.

The Secret

This equation is really quite practical. His presence comes in increasing measure in our worship. Beyond the songs, and even contemporary worship culture, are rich discoveries awaiting the tenderhearted. Of late, the glory of God has begun to fill the air. At times this happens with unexplainable external manifestations of His presence. Other times it’s just an overwhelming awareness that He is in the room.

For those tempted to remind me that He is always with us, I understand and believe that. There are just times when the increased manifestation of presence upon us is beyond reason. And I will not interrupt that to preach. If that means we go home without a sermon, so be it. If it means we’re together for hours, no problem. Of course this cannot be an excuse to skip the privilege of teaching the Word. We just need things we don’t understand, can’t control and can’t explain. Such is the life of following Jesus.

Sometimes His presence comes with a specific purpose that must be discovered. “And the power of the Lord was present to heal” (Luke 5:17). My responsibility as a leader is to find out why He is present. While it’s challenging, it’s not complicated. Liberty is the overriding evidence of His presence among His people (2 Cor. 3:17). If increasing freedom is not the result of our gatherings, we have reason to question whether we are fully engaging the presence of God.

My personal routine looks like this: I cry out to God in private and take risk in public. When the breakthrough I long for isn’t happening, I go back to God in the secret place. It truly is the ongoing encounter with the presence that enables us to live like Jesus did.

Written by Bill Johnson

Memorize Bible Verses as a Family.


Teach Yourself and Your Kids to Memorize Bible Verses.

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Billy Graham once offered Christian parents these six tips to keep children from getting into trouble:

  1. Take time with your children.
  2. Set a good example for your children.
  3. Give your children ideals for living.
  4. Have a lot of activities planned.
  5. Discipline your children.
  6. Teach your kids about God.

In an age of complexities, this advice sounds fairly simple. You can incorporate almost all of the above points into one valuable activity through memorizing Bible verseswith your children. Not only will the whole family be learning new Bible verses, you’ll be spending more time together, setting a good example, giving your kids ideals for living, keeping them busy, and teaching them about God.I’ll share a tried and proven technique for building your Bible memory as well as fun and creative suggestions on how to memorize Bible verses as a family.

Build Your Bible Memory and Your Family

1 – Set a Goal

Memorizing one Bible verse a week is a reasonable goal to set in the beginning. This will give you plenty of time to establish the Bible verse firmly in your hearts and minds before starting to learn a new passage. Not every member of the family will memorize at the same pace, so try to set a goal that leaves room for flexibility and time for everyone to reinforce the verse in their memories.Once you’ve begun memorizing, you can increase your pace if you find one Scripture a week is not challenging enough. Likewise, if you decide to learn longer passages, you’ll want to slow down and take as much time as you need.

2 – Have a Plan

Decide when, where, and how you will accomplish your goals. How much time a day will you set aside to memorize Bible verses? Where and when will you meet with your family? What techniques will you incorporate? We’ll discuss specific techniques and reinforcement activities a little later, but 15 minutes a day should be plenty of time to memorize Bible verses. Family meal times and before bedtime are good opportunities to recite passages aloud together.

3 – Choose Your Bible Memory Verses

Take some time to decide which Bible verses you’d like to memorize. It might be interesting to make this a group effort, giving each member of the family a chance to choose Scriptures. Keeping in mind the younger children, you can select verses from more than one Bible translation, picking versions that are easy to understand and memorize. If you need help choosing your Bible memory verses, here are some suggestions:

4 – Make it Fun and Creative

Children memorize Bible verses quickly and easily through repetition, but the key is to make it fun. Be sure to incorporate some creative activities into your family project. Remember, the idea is not only to teach your kids about God and his Word, but also to strengthen the family by enjoying some quality time together.

Bible Memory Techniques

I recommend building the foundation of your Bible memorization plan upon a system of repetition, and then supplement with games, songs, and other fun activities. One of the best, proven methods to memorize Bible verses as a family is this Scripture Memory System from Simply Charlotte Mason.com. I will outline it briefly, but you can find detailed instructions with pictures here on their website.

Supplies You’ll Need

  1. An index card box.
  2. 41 tabbed dividers to fit inside.
  3. A package of index cards.

Next, label your tabbed dividers as follows and place them inside the index card box:

  1. 1 tabbed divider labeled “Daily.”
  2. 1 tabbed divider labeled “Odd Days.”
  3. 1 tabbed divider labeled “Even Days.”
  4. 7 tabbed dividers labeled with the days of the week – “Monday, Tuesday,” etc.
  5. 31 tabbed dividers labeled with the days of the month – “1, 2, 3,” etc.

Then, you’ll want to print your Bible memory verses onto the index cards, making sure to include the Scripture references along with the text of the passage. Choose one card with the verse your family will learn first and place it behind the “Daily” tab in the box. Put the rest of the Bible memory cardsin the front of the box, ahead of your tabbed dividers.You’ll begin working with just one verse, reading it out loud together as a family (or each person individually) a few times a day according to the plan you established above (at breakfast and dinner time, before bed, etc.). Once everyone in the family has memorized the first verse, move it behind either the “Odd” or “Even” tab, to be read on odd and even days of the month, and select a new Bible memory verse for your daily tab.

Each time your family memorizes a Bible verse, you’ll advance the cards farther back in the box, so that eventually, each day you’ll be reading aloud Scriptures from behind four dividers: daily, odd or even, the day of the week, and the date of the month. This method allows you to continually review and reinforce the Bible verses you’ve already learned while learning new ones at your own pace.

Additional Bible Memory Games and Activities

Memory Cross Cards
Memory Cross Cards are a fun and creative way to memorize Bible verses and teach children about God.Hide ‘Em in Your Heart Bible Memory CDs
Christian music artist Steve Green has produced several high quality Scripture memory albums for kids.

Bag-A-Round, Turn-Around, and Pull it Out!
Marilyn K. Smith explains three Scripture memorization games.

Bible Memory Techniques for Groups
Here are four Bible memory activities for large families and Sunday School classes.

Bible Memory Techniques for Adults in the Family

Adults may want to spend time reinforcing their Scripture memorization with one of these systems.

Prayerful Digestion of God’s Word.


How then shall unbelief be cured and faith be strengthened? Surely not by straining to believe the Scriptures, as some do. Not by a frantic effort to believe the promises of God. Not by gritting our teeth and determining to exercise faith by an act of the will.

All this has been tried–and it never helps. To try thus to superinduce faith is to violate the laws of the mind and to do violence to the simple psychology of the heart.

What is the answer? Job told us, Acquaint thyself with him and be at peace; and Paul said, So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
These two verses show the way to a strong and lasting faith: Get acquainted with God through reading the Scriptures, and faith will come naturally.

This presupposes that we come to the Scriptures humbly, repudiating self-confidence and opening our minds to the sweet operations of the Spirit.

Otherwise stated: Faith comes effortlessly to the heart as we elevate our conceptions of God by a prayerful digestion of His Word. And such faith endures, for it is grounded upon the Rock.

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By A.W. Tozer

Concrete Faith.


The gospel was preached to us as well as to
them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed
with faith
Hebrews 4:2

Recommended Reading
Hebrews 4:1-10 ( http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Hebrews%204:1-10&version=NKJV )

What
substance is necessary to turn cement into concrete? It’s water, as
anyone knows who has used cement for a household project like pouring a
sidewalk or firming up a fencepost. Cement is a dry fine-grained
compound that’s useless without water to moisten it so it can harden.
Likewise, it’s great to have the Word of God in our hearts, but it must
be mixed with faith.

Listen to Today’s Radio Message ( http://www.davidjeremiah.org/site/radio.aspx?tid=email_listenedevo )

Perhaps
you’re facing a disappointment today. An expected opening didn’t occur.
A hoped-for breakthrough didn’t come. Instead of good news, you’ve
gotten a discouraging word. This is just the time to exchange your
problem for a promise. Go to the Scriptures and study through them until
you find a word from God that meets your need. Focus your thoughts on
that promise, and determine to trust God to keep it. He turns all things
for good to those who love Him, and He makes disappointments “His
appointments.”

Don’t mix your worries with fear, but mix His Word
with faith. He wants to give you concrete assurance every day and keep
you well set in life.

Fear knocked at the door. Faith answered. There was no one there.
Old English Proverb

Read-Thru-the-Bible
Isaiah 19:1-23:18

By David Jeremiah.

“The Bible Says that…” Really?.


In a news conference after he was fired as head coach of the Chicago Bears, Mike Ditka decided to quote the Bible.

“Scripture tells you that all things shall pass,” a choked-up Ditka offered.  “This, too, shall pass.”

The only problem is that “This, too, shall pass” isn’t in the Bible.

As a recent report by CNN noted, “The Bible may be the most revered book in America, but it’s also one of the most misquoted.”Ditka’s misquote was a “phantom” passage, meaning quoted as Scripture when it’s not even in the Bible.

Want some more?

God helps those who help themselves.”

God works in mysterious ways.”

“Cleanliness is next to Godliness.”

Sorry, not in the Bible.

And then there are verses that are in the Bible, but misstated.  For example, “Spare the rod, spoil the child.”  That’s not in the Bible, either, but something close to it is:  “He who spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is careful to discipline him” (Proverbs 13:24, NIV).

There are also times we read things into a passage that really aren’t there.  For example, the reference to Satan tempting Eve to eat the forbidden apple in the Garden of Eden.  The serpent is never identified as the devil in Genesis, and we are never told that she ate an apple.  Fruit, yes.  But the kind of fruit?  We have no idea.

The same is true for Jonah and the whale.  Big fish?  Yep.  Whale?  It never says.And the three wise men?  It doesn’t say three.

Such mistakes may seem trivial.  I am less concerned about someone mistaking a proverbial phrase for a verse in Proverbs than I am about someone jettisoning Proverbs.

And that’s the real danger of our culture’s fast and loose play with the Bible.

For example, let’s say you‘re living with someone outside of marriage.You start off justifying it with a casual, “God wants me to be happy” or perhaps, “Doesn’t the Bible say that as long as you love each other, it’s okay?”

When you discover God’s primary goal is not giving you license to pursue whatever you think brings temporal happiness, and that your current emotional feeling of love is not the same as the lifelong commitment of marriage, you move on to your next option.”Well, that’s just your interpretation.” In other words, if trying to quote the Bible to justify your lifestyle doesn’t work because the quote just isn’t there, then maintain that anyone can interpret it any way they want. If that doesn’t work, you have one last weapon at your disposal.  If the quote’s clearly in the Bible, and clearly spelled out, then you can just say that the Bible is simply wrong on this subject, or such a product of a bygone culture that it can’t possibly apply to our modern world.

This, then, is the real mistake when it comes to the Bible:  it’s not about getting our quotes of the Scriptures just right, but failing to get right with the Scriptures.

James Emery White

Sources 

“Actually, that’s not in the Bible,” John Blake, CNN, June 5, 2011. Read online.

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By James Emery White

{ Day 365 }.


 

My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding, and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. Proverbs 2:1-5

Search the Scriptures and look for new insights into the ways of God with His people.

Study the history of revivals.

Wisdom and errors are easier to perceive with the luxury that hindsight affords.

Encourage people to rejoice in that, whether or not they have personally been manifestly touched by the Spirit, God is visiting the body in general.

 Let us not be so individualistic in our thinking.

May we all trust the Lord to give us our personal portion in any visitation and be glad for what He is doing in others.

This attitude puts us in the best possible condition to be able to receive what God does have for us as individuals.

{ PRAYER STARTER }

Thank You, Father, for all that You are doing in my life.

 I commit my life to searching Your Word and Your presence for new revelation from You.

I want to be fully engaged in Your destiny for my life.

I want to be counted worthy of manifesting Your marvelous love to others.

 I am Yours, Lord.

Use me in any way You choose—now and forever.

Encourage people to rejoice in that, whether or not they have personally been manifestly touched by the Spirit, God is visiting the body in general.

By MIKE BICKLE.

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