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Why "fighter verses"?

At the beginning of the year we embarked on an all-church scripture memory program called "Fighter Verses." As we near the end of 2013, I thought I might remind us why we encouraging one another (and the kids at SOMA) to memorize verses each week.

A verse I learned and memorized in high school speaks to the heart of why:

"I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you" - Psalm 119:11 (ESV).

Other translations say "hidden" or "treasured" in place of "stored." The idea is the same and pretty straight forward. To hide or treasure or store is to meditate on and to memorize. The reason the psalmist does this is so that he will not sin against God. So memorizing scritpure aids us in our fight against sin. FIGHTER VERSES! (See also passages like Hebrews 4:12 and Ephesians 6:17).

Maybe you have not been memorizing with the church for some of the year or most of the year. Well start now. The verse for this week is a great one to mediate on and memorize and use in the fight. Here it is:

"So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God" - 1 Corinthians 10:31 (ESV).

So store up and hide and treasure God's Word. Medidtate on it and memorize it. Use it to fight sin. To the glory of God!