2013 Scripture Memory “Clinical Trial”: Verse #4

Over the past couple of weeks the Lord has repeated a verse to me over and over and over. Last week I told Him that it would be my next memory verse and here it is- Scripture Memory Verse #4:

But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him. For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. 2 Corinthians 2:14-15 (NIV84).

I’ve been chewing on these two verses and just today it hit me like a ton of bricks- God always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ. The Amplified Bible says it this way, “But thanks be to God, Who in Christ always leads us in triumph [as trophies of Christ’s victory]…”

Jesus Christ will never lead you in defeat, my sister. NEVER! He always leads us in triumph. If find yourself cycling in and out of defeat it’s time to check your spiritual GPS. Who’s leading you? But please don’t misunderstand. This isn’t about comfort vs. hardship. It’s about living as a “more than conqueror” (Romans 8:37) over the trials of this life. It’s about not falling into defeat and despair, but following Christ to victory no matter where the ship sails. God has not called us to a life of comfort. Overwhelming victory is reserved only for those who dare to stand in faith in the midst of trials… believing God when He says, “Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s” (2 Chronicles 20:15).

Be assured that there will be a battle. And there will be weapons forged against you though they will not prevail (Isaiah 54:17). You see, God has not called us to a cruise ship, but a battle ship. Cruises are never as grand as they claim to be (and don’t we know it). Only Jesus can lead us in TRIUMPH. So, let’s get onboard and stay onboard because, as Eugene Peterson translates it, “God leads us from place to place in one perpetual victory parade. Through us, he brings knowledge of Christ- and everywhere we go, people breathe in the exquisite fragrance” (MSG).

I so want to be the exquisite fragrance of Christ to everyone I come in contact with. Don’t you?

Let me hear from you… how you’re doing with your Scripture memory and what the effects of this “clinical trial” have been on your life. Can you feel the difference? Can you see the difference? I’m praying you do!!

You are greatly and dearly loved by the King!

 

2013 Scripture Memory “Clinical Trial”: Verse #3

We’re into our second month of this Scripture Memory Clinical Trial and I’m just wondering how it’s going for each of you? Have you felt the effects of meditating and memorizing the healing Words of God, or has it been a struggle? Are you persevering at it or have you thrown in the towel? I’m sure the thought of giving up has crossed the minds of a few of us and it’s not surprising. Anything that has the pay-off that memorizing Scripture does will be a struggle to commit to because the enemy simply will not stand for us doing anything that leads to more strength, power and freedom in our lives. Think about it.

There was a time in my life when I could memorize entire an entire play in several days- not just my lines, but those of the other cast members. It wasn’t easy, but I did it, and it paid off when the words I’d read over and over and eventually memorized became the natural and authentic response of my character on stage.

Scripture memory is undoubtedly more of a challenge because of the supernatural power of the Word of God as our weapon of defense against the enemy. There is life-giving, life-changing power in committing Scripture to memory. So keep at it, sisters. Keep reading that verse over and over. Say it aloud, pray it out, shout it out, sing it out! Just keep at it until that Word moves from your head to your heart and into your very joints and marrow… until it become the natural and authentic response of your life.

You CAN do this! OH, YES YOU CAN!!

OK, on with Scripture Memory Clinical Trial verse #3! Here’s mine~

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into His likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
2 Corinthians 3:17-18 (NIV84)

Every time I read that first sentence, I want to shout, YES!! …where the Spirit of the Lord is, THERE IS FREEDOM!! And there is real freedom in living life out from behind the veil… free of sin’s guilt and being made free from it’s power over us, day by victorious day. We will never be able to reflect the glory of God if we’re hiding behind masks… hiding our scars as if we are ashamed of them. Stop hating what’s happened to you. Stop hiding the truth of your past. Let the Holy Spirit deal with it, let God heal it and cover it over with a beautiful… yes, I said beautiful, scar. Your scars are His story to testify to the grace of God in Jesus Christ in your very own life.

So, let’s take off the veil. No more hiding scars. Learn to embrace them. Learn to love them. Let’s take off the masks, sisters, and live authentically before Him and others. Your scars are His story!

You are greatly and dearly loved by The King!