the STANDard :: january

throughout the course of 2012, i chose a scripture verse (or verses) to memorize and meditate on for each month.  i invited you to join me and i pray that your life was altered based on what you read and what God inevitably revealed to you through His Word.

last year i titled the memory verse blog posts {12 in 2012}. clearly, as we enter 2013, that title must change.  and so... from here on out, each month i will post a verse or passage of scripture that i intend to memorize and meditate on under the heading:

the obvious definition of the word 'standard' is:  'something of recognized excellence or established authority' or 'serving as a basis of value, comparison or judgement'.  the Word of God is 'the STANDard' by which we want to compare our lives.  as believers in God and followers of Jesus, we look to the Bible as the STANDard by which all else is compared.  therefore it is the right thing for us to continually hide the Word in our hearts and allow it to penetrate every motive. we must force every decision, attitude or thought through the filter of it's pages.

in addition, the first half of the word Standard is STAND.   in Ephesians 6, we are told to 'put on the whole armor of God so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to STAND your ground, and after you have done everything to STAND.'  STANDing brings to mind boldness, action and courage.  we STAND in His name, by His strength, for His Glory.

and finally, a STANDard is also a banner or flag.  from Old Testament Bible days until now, flags and banners represent loyalty and allegiance.  in Numbers chapter 2,  God spoke to Moses and Aaron, instructing them to tell the Israelites to arrange themselves "each under their STANDard, and holding the banners of their family."  together, as a body of believers, we seek to do the same. we may not memorize the same verses, but as we seek the Lord through His Word, i truly believe He will do great things... in and through us...both individually and collectively!

last year i wrote each verse in multiple places. as you can see above, i put each verse on a card and attached it to a ribbon on the door in my office. in addition, i wrote my verse for each month on a giant chalkboard that hangs in my dining room.  i typically wrote it also in my journal as well as in the notes app on my phone. i highlighted it in my Bible app too... memorizing is not my forte. every little bit helps.  i want these words written on the backs of my eyelids. hidden in the depths of my heart.  there may come a time when i need these truths more than i can imagine.  i want to invest in my future, now.

here is my first passage for this new year:

Galatians 6:14-16 (the message)
For my part, I am going to boast about nothing but the Cross of our Master, Jesus Christ. Because of that Cross, I have been crucified in relation to the world, set free from the stifling atmosphere of pleasing others and fitting into the little patterns that they dictate. Can’t you see the central issue in all this? It is not what you and I do—submit to circumcision, reject circumcision. It is what God is doing, and he is creating something totally new, a free life! All who walk by this STANDard are the true Israel of God—his chosen people. Peace and mercy on them!

please take a moment to post your verse in the comment section... 
lets make this something we do together as a family, serving to sharpen and encourage each other.

happy new year