Repetition is the key to memory. We lock God’s Word in our hearts by reading and re-reading passages and lessons.
1 The sayings of Agur son of Jakeh—an inspired utterance.
The sayings of chapter 30 are grouped into passages that are easy to memorize. They, in themselves, are not particularly insightful, but the overall link in each passage is a life lesson. For instance,
15 “There are three things that are never satisfied, four that never say, ‘Enough!’:
16 the grave, the barren womb,
land, which is never satisfied with water,
and fire, which never says, ‘Enough!’
Each of these examples by themselves is not memorable, but taken together, they form a picture that teaches a great truth: This world is not what it was meant to be, but God will restore it one of these days. In the meantime, we are to accept that which we cannot change, understanding that the LORD knows our plight and has great things in store for us in the future when He restores all things.
The same goes for the plan of salvation as we discussed yesterday. If we break it down into memorizable chunks, it might look like this:
There are three things in life for which people look, four things that they desire, and they are unalterable love, solid hope, pure joy, and unshakeable peace.
The thing that every human needs but does not deserve is grace, which is offered freely through Jesus Christ. Grace IS getting what we need instead of what we deserve!
Faith is believing AND ACTING UPON what we have been shown by the Spirit. If HE does not show us, then we can have no faith. But, once He shows us, we have an obligation to act upon what we now know.
IF we believe that:
- He is who He said He is, which is the Son of God,
- He did what He said He would do, which was to die in our place and then rise again,
- He will do what He says He will do, which is to come into our hearts and lives,
He will bring:
- His love that overwhelms,
- His joy that overflows,
- His peace that passes all understanding,
- His hope in a new life and an even better life after this one,
- and His grace to pardon every sin–past, present and future!
- Address Him.
- Let go of the things of this world that are keeping you in bondage; give all you know of yourself to all you know of Him.
- Pledge your life to Him from this point forward to live with Him and for Him as lord of your life everyday.
- Thank Him for saving you and for coming to live in you.
Reviewing these aspects of salvation and even rewording them for easy delivery will give the Spirit plenty of ammunition when He calls upon us to speak to someone about salvation. We don’t have to worry about what to say, for the Spirit will give us the words to say at the appointed time (Matthew 10:19). It just helps to have them already in our heads!
Let’s make ourselves as available as we can to the Spirit today.
Abba, I want to be available to You today. Help me to orient my thoughts according to Your Word. It’s important. Give me discernment as needed today. Amen.