We might know that the Word of God is important to have in our hearts and on our lips. But find out why kids should memorize scripture and how it’s a matter of their destiny!
- Isn’t reading the Bible enough?
- Why is it important to memorize scripture?
- Wouldn’t we just be going through the motions by memorizing scripture?
If you’ve felt this way about all these questions, don’t worry, I have, too.
We Are Created With Purpose
Our God is purposeful. We are all on assignment here at this very time.
We each have a destiny and calling to be fulfilled in our lives.
We aren’t designed to be on this earth just to maintain our salvation and go to heaven; we are to impact the earth with heaven’s ways, changing the atmosphere wherever we go, and hearing what Holy Spirit says to us not only to change our lives but others around us.
The Enemy Wants To Stop Your Children
We have an adversary, Satan, that doesn’t want to see us or our children fulfill their destiny.
His main purpose is to steal, kill and destroy according to John 10:10.
And how Satan accomplishes his purpose is by seeking whom he may devour with fiery darts. (1 Peter 5:8 and Ephesians 6:16)
How Do We Combat The Enemy’s Fiery Darts?
Let’s look at the life of Jesus as our example in order to combat the fiery darts of the enemy.
In Matthew 4, the Spirit led Jesus into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. Here, Jesus fasted and prayed for 40 days.
You can imagine that after 40 days, anyone is hungry, thirsty and tired, including Jesus.
So we must know this… the enemy will come at our weakest moments – when we’re tired, frustrated, hurt, angry, stressed, anxious, afraid, weak, hungry, thirsty, lacking self-confidence, etc.
Looking at Jesus’ response to the enemy’s three questions, you’ll find that Jesus responds to the enemy with, “It is written…” followed by a scripture. (Matthew 4:3-11)
So what was Jesus weapon against the fiery darts of the enemy?
THE WORD OF GOD!
Hebrews 4:12 says,
“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (NKJV)
When it comes to fulfilling our God-given purpose and assignment in God, the Word of God is our highest priority in combating the evil one.
Deuteronomy 30:14 says,
“But the word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that you may do it.” (NKJV)
Why Kids Should Memorize Scripture
Knowing that the enemy’s fiery darts (when they come), can be distinguished when we respond with the Word of God, is enough to think that this is why kids should memorize scripture.
It’s important to also teach our children that the Word of God is not just something to be memorized, but believed, breathed and lived.
What the Word of God Does
The Word of God does amazing things within us and when we spend time with God in the Word, speaking it, memorizing it and meditating on it, you’ll find the Word is:
- Proven (2 Samuel 22:31, Psalm 18:30)
- Heals us (Psalm 107:20, Matthew 8:8)
- Cleanses us (Psalm 119:9)
- Helps us to stay away from sin (Psalm 119:11)
- Revives us (Psalm 119:25)
- Strengthens us (Psalm 119:28)
- Forever settled in heaven (Psalm 119:89)
- Better than honey (Psalm 119:103)
- Trustworthy (Psalm 119:42)
- Life-giving (Psalm 119:50)
- A light to our path (Psalm 119:105)
- Hope (Psalm 119:114)
- Life (Psalm 119:116)
- Light and understanding (Psalm 119:130)
- Pure (Psalm 119:140)
- Truth (Psalm 119:160, John 17:17)
- A treasure (Psalm 119:162)
- Deliverance (Psalm 119:170)
- Helps us find good (Proverbs 16:20)
- Nourishes us (Jeremiah 15:16)
- A sword of the Spirit (Ephesians 6:17)
- Discerning the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)
- Saving our souls (James 1:21)
As parents, we are training up our children in the way they should go. And knowing that the enemy is always ready to steal, kill and destroy the destiny within us and our children, we have an absolute important duty: we are to impart, share and teach our children that the Word of God is their lifeline and absolutely necessary for them to live.
So Where Do We Start?
There are so many great ways to digest the Word of God helping our children to memorize it, including:
- Praying the Word together
- Reading Bible stories (for young kids) or kids starting to read
- Reading a devotional
- Memorizing particular scriptures
- Doing a Bible study
- Singing praise and worship songs
- Bible coloring books
- Scripture copywriting
- Bible journaling
God Is In Every Sphere Of Our Lives
Teaching our children the spiritual disciplines of life, such as prayer, reading their Bibles, memorizing scripture, fasting, etc. is important, but we need to remember that discipling our children is not separate to living life.
God is in every sphere of our lives – there is no separation between devotional time, and cleaning, or homeschool and prayer.
EVERY part is in God and of God, and He is in all things. So helping our children see that nothing is separate from the other cultivates a lifestyle of faith as children of God.
I’d love to hear from you…
What are some ways you help your children to memorize scripture? Share with me in the comments below.
Anchored in Jesus,