June 11th 2010

I.R.A.

“Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life:  but teach them thy sons, and thy sons’ sons.”
Deuteronomy 4:9 (KJV)
 

There are three main signs of old age:  Loss of memory…..but I forget the other two!

I have always had difficulty remembering scripture references, even in my youth.  I can remember what it says and even where it is on the page, but not the book, chapter and verse.  If you identify with this, then perhaps the I.R.A. can help you remember things—no, I don’t mean the Irish Republican Army, but Impression, Repetition and Association.  I learned these years ago, and the Bible uses them effectively.

Impression:  Moses’ ‘burning bush’, walking through the Red Sea, or the walls of Jericho falling down, would certainly impress us to remember our Creator and not worship other gods.  Walking on water and Jesus’ resurrection impress us to remember the effectiveness of faith in times of trouble.  For Bible verses, use impression by thinking how this verse applies in your life and imagine how you would teach it to others.

Philippians 4:4 says, “Rejoice in the Lord always:  and again I say, Rejoice.”  Repetition is seen in scripture from beginning to end, and contained beautifully in yearly festivals, weekly worship services and daily prayer.  For memorizing scriptures there is nothing better than repetition, yet…

Association can also be very effective.  IRA is a good example of using letter/word association to help you remember in your old age, or at any age.

If all else fails, you need a miracle!  But never fear, help is indeed here.  John 14:26 tells us that the Comforter, which is the Holy Spirit, will bring God’s Word to your remembrance, and  Luke 12:11-12 reassures us not to worry about what to say when you are persecuted for your faith because the Holy Spirit will give you the words you need in these circumstances.

I love the Psalm that says, “For I am become like a bottle in the smoke; yet do I not forget thy statutes.”  (Psalm 119:83)  Even when we grope about trying to remember, we don’t forget God’s goodness, as it says in Psalm 88:12, “Shall thy wonders be known in the dark?  And thy righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?”  Hopefully the answer is, Yes.

Prayer
We are so grateful, God, that you keep us in your remembrance.  Help us also to remember you and your word in our Christian walk.
Amen
 

 
Study by Nancy Silcox 
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