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If you do not know by now, I am about the biggest Rich Mullins fan around. I became a Christian after he went to be with our Lord: so all I have are the recordings and videos I search out on YouTube. I have been trying for the last several years to fashon my life after him in the sense that I want to give up everything for God. To use his words:
"You're gonna make a difference when you lay down your life, and in complete submission to God, choose to die with Him in service to other people."
There is another quote by him, and I am going to paraphrase it:
"I find it sad that there are so many Christians today that can quote my music, or the music of many other Christian artists. They can quote poetry, lines from movies, and lines from books. But they cannot quote from the Book of Life: they have very little of the Scripture memorized in their hearts. That makes me sad: that people will be able to sing my songs long after I am gone, but cannot truly tell people what the Author of Life has said."
That cuts me: for I do find myself in that camp. Yes, I do have large portions of Gods Word in my head: I also have it buried deep in my heart. But I think I have more music memorized then I do Scripture. I often find myself thinking that I know where a perticular verse is, then it is not there. I am off by a few pages or a chapter.
Now, do not get me wrong: God has His Word placed firmly in my heart: I can give Biblical answers when asked. I add to the conversations here as often as I am able to (but being OCD, I tend to re-write my answer many times and can get frustrated ). Here is the thing, and the crux of what I want to ask:
How can we place Gods Word more effectively on our hearts?
Is it wrong to memorize music, in the sense that at times it seems to over-rides Gods Word in our memory banks? Or does music really assist us in memorizing what God is saying?
When we read Gods Word, are we only reading it, or are we committing it to our hearts like He wants us to?
Now, I am not only asking for myself, but for everyone here. New Christians and "old". What are some "tricks and techniques" that you use to study His Word? Or do "tricks" (for lack of a better word on my part) really help us when it comes to His Word?
OK, that is what I am offering up for discussion here.