Have you ever been in a situation where you felt stuck? Maybe you felt stuck because you weren't sure what the right decision would be, or someone was trying to convince you of something that sounded like it was true, but you just weren't sure. For most of us, those times come up almost every day, and those are the situations when it is incredibly helpful to have God's Word already hidden in our hearts. To be able to bring a verse or passage of Scripture to mind, and to know the correct context, can be the best armor we can have as we go through our daily lives.
MEMORY VERSE: “Fear of the Lord is the foundation of wisdom. Knowledge of the Holy One results in good judgement." Proverbs 9:10 (NLT)
This week we looked at Luke 4:1-13, which is the story of Jesus being tempted in the desert before he started his ministry. Jesus was hungry and tired when the devil came to him, but Jesus was able to resist giving into the devil's schemes. Jesus was tempted to disobey God in some big ways in this passage, but instead he was able to bring God's Word to his mind and stand firm in what he knew to be true. This is a great model for us to follow!
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At dinner this week, continue discussing the story of Jesus in Luke 4. Besides being able to resist disobeying God, Jesus also was able to recognize when the devil was taking Scripture out of context to temp him. Talk to your kids about why context is always important to God's Word! Since Jesus knew God's Word so well, he was able to separate lies from truth, just by having Scripture memorized already! Can anyone in your family think of a time when Scripture has been used against truth? Discuss how we can be prepared to recognize truth better.
Sometimes we get intimidated by memorizing Scripture, because we just don't know of a method that will help us, besides just saying a verse over and over again. This week while you're in the car together, brainstorm with your kids creative ways you can memorize verses. What other things do you have memorized? (Football statistics, song lyrics, maps, movie lines, recipes, etc.) Discuss how you have been able to learn those other things, and see if there are ways to implement some of the same methods to memorize Scripture! You might be surprised how easy it could be to memorize more!
During bedtime this week, ask your child(ren) if they have ever felt tempted to sin. Most of us are tempted every day! Give an example from your own life when you were tempted to disobey God but you were able to call Scripture to mind that you had memorized. Pray together that you would commit to memorizing Scripture, and that God would help you remember it when temptations come so you can know truth!
In the mornings this week, quiz everyone on this month's memory verse (Proverbs 9:10). If you all know that one already, start with Joshua 1:8! Play a memory matching game, where you write each word from a verse on an index card, then mix up all the cards. Have each person in the family (parents too!) sort them out into the right order. See how fast you can do it!
Thank God for giving us His word to encourage us, challenge us and to let us know Him better. Ask Him to help you use your time wisely to study, meditate on, and memorize His Word.
Next week is we will continue studying KNOWLEDGE, and we will look at Matthew 6:5-13 explaining how we can know God by talking to him through prayer.
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