from Proverbs 2
My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you, making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding…discretion will watch over you, understanding will guard you, delivering you from the way of evil
Sin is so powerful and incredibly devious. As children of God, with the Spirit of God dwelling in us, I wonder at the ease to which we so quickly fall into sin and not just once, but often the same sin repeatedly. Without putting the blame on the Spirit (because it is obviously a lax in our own flesh and not the Spirit failing to do its job), I wonder: where was the Spirit in that moment or moments when I was committing the sin? Where was the conviction, the feeling of guilt that should have stopped me at least after the first time? In Acts 7:51, it says the Jewish leaders who killed Jesus were resisting the Holy Spirit and that is what we are doing when we habitually sin. We have pushed the Spirit aside, closed our ears to his guidance and left our hearts open to the deceitfulness of the world, our flesh, and the devil. The world, the flesh, the devil; it’s overwhelming how much is just waiting to bombard us if we let our guard down for even a moment. So what can we do? How can we choose not to resist the Holy Spirit, but rather guard our hearts at all times? In Proverbs 2 the answer is clear: if we “treasure up [God’s] commandments” we will be delivered from the way of evil! Again in Psalm 119:11 it says, “I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.” Knowing the words of God and memorizing them so we can always be reminded of their truths is so important! Scripture memory shouldn’t just be an old Sunday School practice we did as kids, it should be central to our everyday walk! We fill our minds with so much meaningless information every day, imagine if we overloaded it with the very words of God instead? How much harder would it be for us to be okay with committing that “little” sin, if we had just been meditating on the pure word of God? Followers of Jesus, let’s be like Jesus and be ready to fight the temptations with Scripture. Use those extra five minutes to memorize a verse, fill your mind with truth before going to bed at night, and let the words of God be overflowing into the lives of those around you. How better to ensure we are thinking eternal, than to have the everlasting Word engraved on in our minds.
Psalm 119:9 “How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word.”