Since becoming a Christ follower in 2004 after a bout of doing things my own way, turning to the things of this world to fulfill me, I began to memorize verses to help me stay the course with God. The first one points to why we should memorize Scripture in the first place:
Psalm 119:11 says, "I have hidden Your Word in my heart so I might not sin against You."
We are sinners, in a sinful world, in a flesh body that still craves sin even after we're saved and born again by believing in Christ. So keeping ourselves drenched in the Scripture, we can use God's Word from our heart anytime we need to shut the Devil down when he's scheming against us. Jesus spoke Scriptures against Satan in his time in the desert and Satan fled (Matthew 4:1-11)!
Some of the most of the most important verses I have "hidden in my heart" are these to deal directly with different sinful desires:
Jesus explains how adultery starts in the heart:
"but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart." - Matthew 5:28
Therefore we should look away and take heed of this Word which tells us to look away when lust, greed, envy, and all sin captures our attention:
"Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your Word." - Psalm 119:37
After all, "the things of this world will soon pass away" (Remember that old hymn from church based on 1 John 2:17: "And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.")
I love that hymn and wanted to use part of it like today's Contemporary Christian artists have been doing, but also write a new song with it that speaks to the realness from a Christian perspective when, we know, that as Christ followers, we still screw up. We still lust; we still look to this world to love us with its "stuff." And when we realize it, we need to return to God, ask for forgiveness, and say, "bring me back God."
I wrote, "Bring Me Back" as a song I needed to sing to myself and make it Scripturally based, so I can tell Satan to flee when he tempts me with the useless things of this world.
I hope it encourages you today to tell evil where to stick it, and use God's Word as your sword and shield (Hebrews 4:12).
- Kevin Ray
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