... a weekly letter of encouragement.
December 5, 1994
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN BUILDING DISCIPLINE AND CONVICTION INTO ANOTHER PERSON' S LIFE here are five steps+ that may prove helpful:
Let's say for example that you want to build the habit of Scripture memory into their life:
I TELL THEM WHY - Motivation:
"George, I have found that meditation upon God's word helps me to think like Christ and also gives me victory over sin. Memorizing Scripture greatly facilitates the process of meditation."
"Don't let the world around you squeeze you into its own mould, but let God re-mould your minds from within,...Thy word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against Thee" (Romans 12:2 - Phillips Translation; Psalm 119:11)
II SHOW THEM HOW - Demonstration:
"George, here is how to memorize this Scripture: Carry the packet with you and during those free moments of the day, read your verse over, including the reference. By the end of the week you'll have it! Here, let's take a few minutes and work on it together."
III GET THEM STARTED - Inertia:
"George, why don't you have this first verse memorized by the time we have lunch next week. We can check each other out on our verses. OK?"
IV KEEP THEM GOING - Perseverance:
A week or two later, check up on him and see how he is doing. If he is loosing altitude, give him a nudge and stay with him until the discipline of Scripture memory (or prayer, ethics, purity, etc.) becomes part of his life.
V PASS IT ON - MULTIPLICATION:
When George begins to get others to memorize Scripture you know you have succeeded. Memorization is now a discipline that is built into his life. He now has strong convictions about its importance for spiritual growth and maturity.
Have a great week!
+ Adapted from Dawson Trotman, Founder of The Navigators
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