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What Happened In The Bedroom

By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted August 13, 2014

RELIGION –  I was taught in seminary to keep personal illustrations out of the birth-room, the bathroom, and the bedroom. This makes sense; I mean who wants to hear about someone using the bathroom? Unless you were Martin Luther, who wrote the 95 theses that started the Protestant Reformation as he suffered from chronic constipation and spent much of his time in contemplation on the toilet.  So I am going to violate that wisdom and share a story from the bedroom involving my wife last night.

I feel asleep before she did and as she came to bed, I was quickly awakened by sounds of fear and terror. It was not her looking on the sight of me shirtless, it was a spider crawling on the covers. Rebecca is tough and pretty fearless, expect for her irrational fear of spiders. She hates spiders, so much so that thoughts of them fill her mind almost continually.  Whenever they come around her, she will nut up. She will yell for me, go get some chemical spray, dance and squirm and spray in a toxic spider killing dance of death.  Last night she was very brave and attacked the spider with a flip-flop. After she killed the spider with a flip-flop on her own she came to bed for a restless night of sleep as her mind was consumed by spider thoughts. She is proof reading this article and probably in tears as she reads thinking about them. So why am I highlighting this event, why am I making her relive the trauma of it?

Her irrational fear of spiders has been formed by years of irrational uncontrolled thoughts about spiders. Her thoughts have in large part shaped who she is and how she responds to spiders. Solomon said, “For as he thinks within himself, so he is” (Pro. 23:7). Tryon Edwards elaborates as he shows this progression work itself out in your life: “Thoughts lead on to purposes; purposes go forth in action; actions form habits; habits decide character; and character fixes our destiny.” Your eternal future is dependent on what you allow into your mind. Jerry Bridges, in his amazing book “The Pursuit of Holiness” says that “Holiness begins in our minds and works out to our actions.”

So what I want for us to do is over the next few weeks work on memorizing some Scripture together. I want us to intentionally introduce the word of God through effort and practice into our minds. The reality is that you memorize things that are important. I know some of you will say that is not true anymore. You keep your phone with you all times with every piece of data you could ever need is in your pocket. Well, the other week my phone messed up and I was without it for a day and half and I was lost.

So why should we memorize Scripture when we can simply use an app on our phone to bring it up? Is not memorization so 1993? Donald Whitney, in his book Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life, gives us 5 great reasons to memorize Scripture today.

Memorization Supplies Spiritual Power. “When Scripture is stored in your mind, it is available for the Holy Spirit to bring to your attention when you need it most.”

Memorization Strengthens Your Faith. “Memorization strengthens your faith because it repeatedly reinforces the truth, often just when you need to hear it again.”

Memorization Prepares Us for Witnessing and Counseling. “Recently, while I was talking to a man about Jesus, he said something that brought to mind a verse I had memorized. I quoted that verse, and it was the turning point in a conversation that resulted in him professing faith in Christ. I often experience something similar in counseling conversations. But until the verses are hidden in the heart, they aren’t available to use with the mouth.”

Memorization Provides a Means of God’s Guidance. “Just as the Holy Spirit retrieves scriptural truth from our memory banks for use in counseling others, so also will He bring it to our minds in providing timely guidance for ourselves.”

Memorization Stimulates Meditation. “One of the most amazing benefits of memorizing Scripture is that it provides fuel for meditation. When you have memorized a verse of Scripture, you can meditate on it anywhere at any time during the day or night.”

So the verse for this week in Psalms 119:11 “I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.”

So as you work on memorizing this week, think about what kinds of things you store up in your home and why? What is the  purpose of storing up God’s word in your heart. Also check out a few worthwhile apps “Fighter Verses” and “Scripture Typer.” These can help a great deal!

Pastor Howle

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