A Challenge For 2019

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I am introducing a series here on Walking in His Footsteps that will appear every Monday throughout the year. It is in part a challenge, and in another part an encouragement to maintain a life steeped in the Word of God. The memorization of scripture has largely been abandoned in today’s culture. It is likely because of the way technology has made the Bible so readily available on a phone or computer screen. But there is great value in committing the Holy Word of God to memory.

So here is my challenge to you. This year, memorize the Sermon on the Mount! Before you tune me out, hear me out. Even though the SotM is 3 chapters long, much of it is familiar already. Additionally if you commit 2.5 verses to memory each week, by the end of the year we will be there. Now that it is broken down like that it doesn’t seem nearly as daunting. So the second issue is, “Why the Sermon on the Mount?” And the answer to that question is simple. There is no other collection of teachings that so completely covers the gauntlet of out trials and tribulations. Whenever you get into a difficult spot, whether someone is getting on your nerves, testing your limits, pushing you to anger, or if you find yourself in a difficult situation of a different sort you can acknowledge the presence of the emotions and begin reciting in your head the words or our Savior. It will not be long before the Spirit of God will speak into your own heart and into the circumstances of life you have found yourself within. I tell you from experience, there is nothing more effective in aligning my will with the will of God than allowing the Word of God to fill our hearts and consume our thoughts.

Blessings to you on your journey. Each week we will have a brief thought on the 2 or 3 verses for memorization that week and the memory verses. The verses in this series will be taken from the Christian Standard Bible. However the first rule of memorization here is to choose a translation that is suitable for you. See you on Monday!

Grace to you and peace from God, our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ,

Joshua Fowler

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