When Do We Own Scripture?

I’ve memorized scripture over the years. I can repeat the words from most of them at will.Bible reading But when do we own scripture? When do we claim Scripture as ours? When does our memory work bear fruit? I’ve memorized verses, passages, even whole Psalms.

I’ve meditated on scriptures. Studied passages I’ve memorized. Done word studies. Gone to sleep thinking about God’s Word. Prayed Scripture over circumstances and people.But, when I quote Scripture, I wonder if I’m just remembering words on a page, or if I own the words I’m saying.

I know WHY, I’m saying them. God’s word says, “I have hidden Thy word in my heart, that I might not sin against Thee.” Psalm 119:11; and “Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.” Psalm 119:105. I know God’s Word never returns void.

Maybe there’s a line between memorizing words and owning Scripture. My dilemma is I don’t always know when I cross the line from knowing to owning. A dear friend in our small group told me we own it when we need it and the Holy Spirit brings it to our memory to use or to share.

For now I’m going to claim that.

About Steven Sawyer

God blessed me with the gift of writing. Mom told me I wrote paragraphs in second grade when others were learning to write sentences. I spent more than three decades in professional writing gigs. For the past eight years I've combined my passion for writing with my love for the Lord. He and I write a Christ-centered, family-friendly blog to glorify God Monday-thru Friday at https://stevensawyer.wordpress.com/. My wife and I have four grown children and two precious granddaughters we co-parent with their mom. I'm a Galatians 2:20 disciple of Christ seeking to allow Christ to live His life in me, through me, and as me.
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6 Responses to When Do We Own Scripture?

  1. ptl2010 says:

    Just two hours ago I was discussing with my home assistant how God’s Word keeps us pure as God is pure as in ” Wherewithall shall a yong man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.” Psalm 119:9 – by first knowing( by reading, memorizing, quoting) God’s Word and then absorbing it ( consciously or unconsciously ) deciding or choosing to allow the Word to consciously influence our thinking, actions, conversations and relationships e.g. To love, show compassion, choose peace rather than being quarrelsome, shutting up instead of adding fire, being a bridge instead of causing a rift. Then we are unconsciously affected by the Word when we know we are to separate ourselves from the world and in our selection of close friends, spouse and even in godly discernment which comply and not oppose the teachings of the Word. In the ultimate and best way the Word becomes ours is when faith stands on the promises of God, when we see no evidence but still believe in God’s will, God’s plan and deliverance.

    • Steven Sawyer says:

      Evelyn, this is excellent. I’d like to publish this as a post on my blog, For His Glory, as a piece by itself. It answers perfectly the question I am having. Thank you and God bless.

      • ptl2010 says:

        Steven, whatever is posted on ChristianBlessings is for sharing. Please go ahead and as necessary , you may wordsmith it as you are much better in words than I am.
        God bless you.

      • Steven Sawyer says:

        This post got great replies. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Alan Baglien says:

    It is more a question of when does Scripture own us?

    • Steven Sawyer says:

      Alan, what a fantastic observation. I love that. I’m going to tweet your reply. Thank you so much for sharing. God bless.

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