Preparation for the 21 Days to Spiritual Renewal
Revival, renewal, what is it? When you start to think God's thoughts. Can you imagine how wonderful it would be to have the human mind of Christ? I mean, it would be incredibly marvelous, would it not, to think like Jesus thought? To never harbor an angry feeling, to never be plagued with selfishness, to never feel self-pity, or to be puffed up with pride. Do you realize that it's those sinful thoughts that are dragging us down into the muck and mire of wickedness, so that we think the thoughts of Satan? How horrible is that!
Thinking the thoughts of Jesus would lift us up, so that we were filled with love, with compassion, with selflessness, with praise for God, with humility. If we learn to be filled with those thoughts, we will thoroughly enjoy heaven, and delight in the companionship of angels, for those are the thoughts they think. We will enjoy talking with God, because He will be speaking the same things that we are thinking!
That's what getting ready for heaven is all about, learning to think like Jesus! And how do we do that? Through meditating on His Word. The Holy Spirit speaks to our hearts through the Word, and as we receive those words into our hearts, we come into harmony with the thoughts of God. What a precious experience!
Why is it that Christians in general don't spend more time meditating on the Word of God, if that's the key to harmony with God? It's because Satan is going about feeding us worldly candy, which is perverting our spiritual appetites. That causes our desire for the Word of God to be dampened. We've spoiled our appetites with the forbidden sweets of the world.
What do you do when you want to change your appetite so that you learn to crave healthy food? You need to avoid the junk food, right? That's what this 21 Days to Spiritual Renewal is designed to do, help to wean you away from the worldly junk, and introduce you to the pure, delightful bread of life.
After you sign up for the 21 Days to Spiritual Renewal, you will receive a most valuable Bible Memory system that has been a tremendous blessing to me. With this material, you will be able to design your own personal Bible Memory program, that you can continue throughout the rest of your life. The important thing is to get started, and experience the joy, so that you never turn away from your commitment to Hide God's Word in Your Heart.
Here are some suggestions: If you start with the 200 Favorite Old & New Testaments Tests, hopefully you will find that you know several or most of them by heart already. Every Christian should have these basic texts memorized! So, this is your first assignment.
Since we are using prompterizing as a memory aid, I would say that you should make it your first goal to have these 200 text prompterized. You will be amazed how quickly you will be able to do this. After you sign up, you will be able to print these sheets out, and take them with you. Place them in strategic locations, and keep them flowing through your mind. Here is the procedure.
- Start with prayer. As you pray, earnestly plead for the Holy Spirit to speak to you through these texts. (We say to earnestly plead in contrast to just lightly, carelessly asking , to make sure that your heart is prepared to receive what the Holy Spirit says. Make sure you want to hear Him! If your prayer is indifferent, and you don't really mean it, you won't hear the Holy Spirit speaking. Pour your whole heart into this, and the Spirit will speak!
- Approach the text with a reverent spirit, full of awe that God would condescend to speak to you. At the invitation of Jesus, you are sitting down to a scrumptious feast with Him! Anticipate the pleasure of the experience. Incline your heart toward God, eager to soak in His precious Words.
- Read the text slowly, thoughtfully, pausing frequently to ponder the wonder of the message. It will warm your heart, and invigorate your soul as you sense the hugeness of God's love and mercy towards you. You may want to read several verses at a time to develop a complete thought upon which to meditate. But don't rush past the special revelation of His love in the passage.
- Let the Holy Spirit speak. Don't try to block Him out, or rationalize Him away. Anything God is asking you to do is for your own good. He's not there to harm you, to spoil your fun. He's there to give you a deeper hunger for Him, so you can delight in Him. Deep convictions are valuable enhancements to your spiritual journey. Don't avoid them, treasure them!
- Once you possess the hidden treasure you've discovered in the passage, delight in it, and savor it! Don't you think it pleases Jesus when we enjoy the feast He has prepared for us! Absolutely it does. He's right there, rejoicing with us.
- NOW, you're ready to start prompterizing. Once you have tasted the delights of the Word, you don't ever want to lose it. You want to keep it as part of your thinking forever! So by the grace of God, you are choosing to hide it in your heart, permanently! Prompterizing is the tool that will help you memorize it.
- Endeavor to "read" the text, using just the prompts. If you're unsure, check yourself. Stay with that text or passage until you can read it completely, with no hesitation.
- Be sure to review frequently with the prompts. 10 or so verses is a good amount to work with at a time. Then go back and say them all with the prompts until they are very familiar to you.
- Do this EVERY day, increasing you texts, but continuing to review on a regular basis. If you make sure to do the spiritual meditation first, your appreciation for the texts your are learning will increase, and you delight will intensify.
- Continue to do this until your spiritual appetite is so strong, you won't even want the worldly candy Satan offers you. You will hunger for the Word. You will crave it. You will delight in it. You will find the words of scripture cycling through you mind day and night. When you wake up in the night, the scriptures will be reciting themselves to you. This is a most thrilling experience! The memorizing will happen almost automatically, as you persevere in exposing you mind to the scriptures in this way. Praise the Lord! You can now honestly say with Jeremiah, "Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts. Jer. 15:16
HEAR AND DO
Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. James 1:21, 22
Are you willing to receive with meekness the engrafted Word?
This is Wordkeeping, when the Holy Spirit plants the Word in our hearts. The scriptures become delightfully familiar and precious to us. As God speaks to our hearts, we respond willingly and joyfully. Thus, we are not just hearers, but doers of the Word.
Every text you add to your mind is precious seed that you in faith are planting into the soil of your heart. You are trusting God to take that seed, and cause it to germinate, exploding into spiritual life in your heart. The supernatural thoughts and actions that result are priceless treasures of God's doing, bring glory to Him. Self is left out of the equation, there is no self-praise or congratulation. God is using the earthen vessel to produce a rich harvest of precious fruit, and we are laying up treasure in heaven. What an blessed privilege we have of becoming gardens for the seed of the Word. Let's diligently plant the seeds!
WOULD JESUS SAY THAT ABOUT YOU?
Jesus in His prayer to His Father said regarding His disciples, "They have kept thy word." John 17:6 Wouldn't you like to have Jesus say that about you? What does Jesus say to the Father about your attitude to His Word? Would you like to be known as a wordkeeper in heaven?
The disciples dedicated 3 years to learn how to become Wordkeepers. They listened to Jesus' word, meditated on them, memorized them. They testified to Jesus, "Thou has the words of Eternal life." John 6:68
But to some, Jesus proclaimed: "Ye have not his word abiding in you," John 5:38 What a tragic thing it would be if Jesus had to say that about us!
Now we possess these Words of God, bound in a Book, but have we treasured these words so much that they are hidden in our hearts? If the disciples gave 3 years to learning the Word, will you give 3 weeks to learn to become a Wordkeeper? So you can say with the Psalmist, :O how love I thy law, it is my meditation all the day!"
Becoming a Wordkeeper links you to Jesus, the living Word in a powerful bond. He, through His Words, abides in us. If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. John 15:7. Having the Words of Jesus abide in our hearts is an awesome experience, a blessed habit that will bring a radical shift to your lifestyle.
It's a covenant relationship with God in which you agree to allow Him to write His law, His character on your heart. This experience will fill you with joy, and you will declare with Jeremiah, 16 Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts." Jer. 15:16
Someone who has discovered the joys of Wordkeeping will find their priorities changing.
Let's interview a Wordkeeper:
- Wordkeeper, Please tell us a little about yourself.
- What is your favorite pastime or hobby? Wordkeeping
- What brings you the most joy in life? Wordkeeping
- What is your favorite topic of conversation? Wordkeeping
- What occupies your mind while you travel or exercise? Wordkeeping
- What do you think about as you go to sleep or wake up? Wordkeeping
- What is your greatest source of comfort? Wordkeeping
- What are your favorite reading, viewing, listening themes? Wordkeeping
- What is the best habit you have ever developed? Wordkeeping
- What do you consider your most valuable treasure? Wordkeeping
- What do you hope to be doing in 10 years? Wordkeeping
Now, try asking yourself these questions, and see where you stand!