In last week’s post, I wrote about resolutions and transformation, and how the Lord had been urging me to behold: to behold His face, to behold the Word, to behold the Cross. [you can find that post here.]
Despite the countless instances I’ve witnessed the power of the Lord — despite the number of dark nights that He’s held me close — I find myself dwelling in other head spaces that are filled with lies from the enemy. Most recently, I’ve struggled with worry and anxiety over my future. I confess that I’ve anxiously scrambled around in an effort to propel myself into the stage of life that I already thought I’d be at the age of 23.
I’ve forgotten God’s promise to me — that He knows the plans He has for me, plans to prosper and not to harm me, plans to give me hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11).
How is it that I can know the truth—that I can behold the truth—and yet, still crumble in the face of doubt or heartache? How is it that I so easily forget what the Lord has declared?
And then my eyes found Proverbs 3:3: “Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.”
So that’s why in 2017, I’m making a commitment to memorize one scripture a week. I’m binding love around my neck and writing His Word on the tablet of my heart. I want His Word to pierce my soul and resonate so deeply that I know the truth like the back of my hand.
Here’s a few reasons why you might consider joining me—
Reasons to write the Word of God on your heart:
- To be obedient to God (Proverbs 7:2, Proverbs 3:1-3)
- To be confident in his promises (Isaiah 55:11)
- To fight against the enemy (Ephesians 6:17, Hebrews 4:12)
- To spread the good news to unbelievers (1 Peter 3:15)
- To meditate on the Word of God and be transformed by it (Psalm 119:15-16)
- To be sustained + renewed (Psalm 1:2-3) (Deuteronomy 8:3)
- To resist sin (Psalm 119:9-11) (Matthew 4:1-10)
Below are 52 verses I’ve chosen to memorize this year. I’m taking each verse one week at a time, and asking God to help guide me, mold me, and transform my heart with His word. The Lord may place other scriptures on your heart to commit to memory, but I’ve listed 52 scriptures below that I believe are critically important verses and passages from the Word of God.
Matthew 10:38-39 “Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.”
Luke 10:27 “He answered, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'”
Ephesians 4:32 “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”
2 John 6 “And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.”
Luke 6:27-28 “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.”
Galatians 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
John 8:31-32 “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
Matthew 28:19-20 “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
James 1:22 “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.”
Isaiah 26:8 “Yes, LORD, walking in the way of your laws, we wait for you; your name and renown are the desire of our hearts.”
1 Peter 4:10 “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”
John 15:4 “Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.”
John 15:11-13 “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”
Philippians 2:3 “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,”
James 2:17 “In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.”
Hebrews 12:1 “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,”
Philippians 4:13 “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”
Galatians 6:9 “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”
1 Corinthians 15:58 “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
ASSURANCE & RESTING IN HIS PROMISES
John 16:33 “Then he said to them all: ‘In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.’”
Matthew 19:26 “Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
Romans 8:37-39 “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
2 Timothy 1:7 “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.”
Psalm 4:8 “In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.”
Deuteronomy 7:9 “Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commands.”
Philippians 4:6 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
Colossians 4:2 “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.”
Psalm 19:14 “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.”
SALVATION & FREEDOM
Romans 6:6-7 “For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin— because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.”
2 Corinthians 3:17 “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”
Ephesians 2:8-9 “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.”
John 10:10 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
Mark 10:45 “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Acts 2:21 “And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
Romans 3:23-24 “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.”
Acts 4:12 “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”
Titus 2:11-12 “For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age.”
Romans 8:6 “The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.”
Hebrews 13:5 “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.'”
Proverbs 4:23 “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”
2 Corinthians 7:10 “Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.”
Ephesians 6:12 “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”
Philippians 1:21 “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.”
Mark 8:36 “What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?”
Luke 6:45 “A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.
Luke 12:34 “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.”
1 Corinthians 10:13 “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”
THE POWER OF GOD & THE POWER OF THE WORD
Isaiah 55:8-9 “’For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the Lord. ‘As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.'”
Proverbs 9:10 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”
Hebrews 4:12 “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”