Sword Fighting Class – Victory is Ours

We are having a great journey through Proverbs 2 as we memorize it together.  The journey is slow when we’re memorizing – each word is gradually etched upon our minds and our hearts.  Eventually, the first couple of verses get relatively easy because we’ve said them so many times.  And then the next couple of verses get easier as we say them over and over.

And then, suddenly, we are memorizing verse 7!  Yeah!  And we know it’s not about how good we are at memorizing anything.  If this was just us, we wouldn’t be working on verse 7 or 8 or 9.  We wouldn’t have gotten this far.

God is doing this.  He is rewarding our faithfulness of going through our memory cards  every day several times a day or writing these verses out several times a day.  As we are consistent and faithful, he is writing them on our hearts.

And we find the hidden treasure.  As we memorize, we ponder the words.  We meditate on the message.  We absorb the truth.  And God changes our hearts.  He renews our minds.

If you haven’t gotten on this memorizing journey yet with us, you can still catch up.  We’ve been adding one verse a week.  I don’t post these Sword Fighting Class blogs on Facebook so, you can sign up for an email (on the right of my blog page) if you want to receive this weekly email..Proverbs 2 1st page - this one

A group of my friends are memorizing Proverbs 2 with me and its such a great encouragement to me to hear these words coming from all kinds of people around me.  Several of them are ahead of where we are here – this can get kind of addicting because it feels so right and good.  Who doesn’t need more wisdom?

Proverbs 2:  “My child, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding, and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and you will find the knowledge of God.  For the Lord gives wisdom, from his mouth come knowledge and understanding”

And we add the next verse:

“He holds victory in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless.”

I love the thought of God holding a shield over my life.  I’m not blameless but he sees me as blameless because I’ve accepted his gift of grace which Jesus made possible through his sacrifice on the cross for me.

And I want victory in my life.

Victory over the things that weigh me down.  The things that hold me back.  Any ‘smallness’ in my character.  Any  habits or behaviors that don’t bring honor to God.

Victory has been one of the driving factors to me in my quest to eat well and exercise this last year.  After a lifetime of struggling with old habits in this area, I want victory.  As I’ve been calling out for insight into living a more healthy life and I’ve been looking for wisdom about food like it was silver, God has been giving me victory in using food as a source of nutrition, not as a source of comfort or reward.   God has opened my eyes to his numerous commands regarding food and how I need to treat my body like a temple of his Holy Spirit.  He has opened my heart to my need to obey in this part of my life.  And he is giving my victory!

God holds victory in store for the upright- to those who are doing the right things….who obey.

Thank you, Abba Father.

Audio file of what I have memorized so far of Proverbs 2:

 

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