Thursday, November 4, 2010

Your Spirit

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When I was younger I heard a saying in my church.  The saying was, "garbage in, garbage out."  I thought I understood the meaning of that phrase in my 10-year old mind, but as I got older and was allowed to make more of my own choices, I really grasped the meaning of that saying.  It means that whatever you put in your body, your mind, your spirit, will eventually come out.  The Bible says, "For as he thinks in his heart, so is he."  Proverbs 23:7 (NKJV)  That means that our outward actions are prompted by our inner thoughts.  

So, how do we combat those nasty inner thoughts?  What does that look like in our daily lives?  It could be several different things.  We could monitor what we watch on tv, the music we listen to, the people we hang out with, the way we spend our time, and so on.  A great way to start though is scripture.  I talked about prayer a couple of days ago. Scripture is so important.  God has given us His word for specific reasons.  2 Timothy 3:16-17 reads, "All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work."  

Other than just reading the Word, we can also memorize scripture. This doesn't have to be a big challenge for you to add to your to-do list. Here are some creative tips from Lisa Whelchel's book, "Taking Care of the Me in Mommy": 

Keep the Word in Sight
Use index cards to post scripture in places you will see it frequently: 

  • Bedside table or wall
  • Medicine cabinet or dressing mirror
  • Car visor
  • Refrigerator
  • Purse/wallet
  • Kitchen sink
  • TV screen
  • Exercise equipment
  • Bookmarks
  • Next to wall clock

Scripture Primping
Stick these verses on your mirror and read them aloud as you put your makeup on in the morning:

  • Foundation - 1 Corinthians 3:11 "For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ."
  • Eyebrows - Mark 9:47 "And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out.  It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell."
  • Eye Makeup - Proverbs 16:2 "All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the spirit."
  • Mascara - Proverbs 17:10 "A rebuke impresses a man of discernment more than a hundred lashes a fool." 
  • Blush - Luke 6:29 "To one who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also." 
  • Lipstick - Proverbs 12:19 "Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue is but for a moment."

You can also come up with more scripture to memorize while: 

  • Putting on your socks and shoes
  • Brushing your hair
  • Brushing your teeth
  • Putting on your earring

The list goes on.  You could probably find scripture for just about anything!   

To dig into the meaning of scripture or for other Bible helps, check out Biblegateway or Crosswalk.  These sites are helpful for digging deeper.

What tools do you use to help you memorize scripture?    

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