Scripture Memory helps improve our thinking

We humans do not see things as God does. Thankfully, memorizing Scripture can gradually improve the way we think.

God revealed this to us through the prophet Isaiah:

Isaiah 55:8-9. “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, and your ways are not my ways,” says the LORD. 9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

We don’t see things as God does. That is a given. We are finite beings with limited intellectual power and limited knowledge. Our thoughts can never be the same as God’s thoughts.

Furthermore, every person has been affected by sin. It corrupts our data files. It puts bugs in the way we think.

And for some of us, our way of thinking was further worsened by unfortunate experiences in life. Perhaps it was due to our family of origin or an authority figure.

Thankfully, the Scripture Memory Project can gradually improve the way we think. It doesn’t change who we are. It doesn’t turn us into robots. But it upgrades us, partly by feeding us positive truth, and partly by subtracting falsehoods and wrong thinking.

St. Paul alludes to that in Romans 12:2. He writes . . .

Romans 12:2. Don’t be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what is the good, well-pleasing, and perfect will of God.

be transformed. We are not meant to remain the same. God calls us to improve and grow …

2 Peter 1:8. For if these things are yours and abound, they make you to not be idle or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

by the renewing of your mind. God calls us to improve our way of thinking. We are to “reprogram” ourselves with good thoughts:

Philippians 4:8. Finally, my brothers, as I bring this letter to a close, let me say one more thing. Fix your thoughts on what is good and true and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely, and on the fine, good things in others. Think about all you can praise God for, and be glad about it. (The Living Bible, 1971 edition)

 


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Author: Todd Van Natta

I was given a great gift. It is to be passionate about Jesus Christ and the Bible and the spiritual life. I am a Christian believer. I believe in Jesus Christ. I’m in love with Jesus! I believe the Bible. I love the Bible. For decades, I've been reading it cover-to-cover, again and again and again. I’ve memorized a whole lot of Bible verses. Most of all, I want the Bible to help us fall more deeply in love with God the Father, with Jesus Christ, with other people, and with ourselves. And I've been reading the great writings from the entire Christian heritage for decades. At Explore the Faith, I share what I have discovered.

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