Deuteronomy 6:6 These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart.
One of the greatest things my mother did for us kids was to have us memorize scripture at an early age. Though at first we did it just for the nickels, the lifetime benefits have been priceless. A couple of weeks ago we taught on the importance of intentionally, purposefully internalizing God’s Word.
Internalizing is more than memorizing though it involves memorizing. Internalizing involves deeper reflection on the meaning and application of a verse. The truths really become part of you through this kind of intentional thought. It is Reflective, Intentional, Repetitive, Ongoing & Relational.
Psalm 119:11 Your word I have treasured in my heart that I may not sin against You.
This discipline can give long-term spiritual strength and health like few others. Below are some reasons and tips to get you started.
WHY WOULD WE DO THIS? To Deepen Your Relationship with Jesus & His Life Changing Work in You.
Internalizing God’s Word:
- Makes living God’s word possible. Josh1:8
- Transforms the mind & heart. Rom12:2 & Heb. 4:12
- Deepens our intimacy with Jesus. Jn15:1-7
- Helps us grow strong & effective Psalm 1
- Prevents spiritual drift. Deut6:6ff.
- Makes sharing it with others possible. Deut6, Prov. 22:17-19
- Helps reveal cultural deception & errors. 10:5
- Gives strength for temptation & sin. Ps119:9 & 11
- Empowers our prayer. Jn15:7
Psalm 19:7-8 The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. 8 The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. See also Psalm 119.
Jesus shows himself to us through His word. The living word is the author of the written word. It is all designed to help us know & follow Him on the path to eternal life. He works in our hearts to transform, strengthen & direct our lives. Studies show that our brains, laterally physically change when we learn deeply. As our minds are transformed by internalizing God’s word, our emotions, decision and actions change as well.
Tips to internalize God’s Word
1. Decide to go for it.
2. Start with a verse that speaks to your life now.
3. Reflect deeply on its meaning & impact. Prayerfully & slowly ask what is this saying, what does it mean & what are its implications for me.
4. Stick the words in your mind & the meaning in your heart.
5. Take it with you through the day. Use a card, sticky not or make a note on your phone so you can look at it often .
6. Aim at digestion NOT perfection. Don’t be hard on yourself, be happy to let it sink deeper in your heart at whatever rate it takes. Don’t’ be afraid to move to another verse before that last one is perfected. You will benefit from any effort to internalize it.
This discipline can change your life. You owe it to yourself to try it at least once. To hear the full lesson go to www.parkviewfamily.com and look for the sermon audio.
Psalm 119:15 I will meditate on Your precepts and regard Your ways.