READ: Psalm 119:9-16 (NIV)

9 How can a young person stay on the path of purity?
    By living according to your word.
10 I seek you with all my heart;
    do not let me stray from your commands.
11 I have hidden your word in my heart
    that I might not sin against you.
12 Praise be to you, Lord;
    teach me your decrees.
13 With my lips I recount
    all the laws that come from your mouth.
14 I rejoice in following your statutes
    as one rejoices in great riches.
15 I meditate on your precepts
    and consider your ways.
16 I delight in your decrees;
    I will not neglect your word.

READ: Devotional

One of the greatest KEYS TO SUCCESS that you can know is to read the Bible and memorize it. The end goal is to have it all memorized. (Sounds crazy, right?) Floyd White is the founder of our church, and many times I've sat with him and talked about Scripture. Sometimes, I'll start to tell him something I've been reading and reciting the passage and he can recite it with me. It's incredible.

There's another woman named Ms. Betty that went to our church. She passed away a couple of years ago and is now spending eternity in Heaven. She was the same way. Any Bible verse you told her about and started to say, she could say it from memory with you and continue on. It's the coolest thing.

And that should be our goal. We should read the Bible, enjoy it, love what we're reading, and memorize. How do we stay pure? We memorize Scripture. How do we get through the toughest circumstances? Scripture.

REFLECT:

• Why do YOU think it's important to memorize Bible verses?

• Do you have any memorized? Write them all down. You might just be impressed with yourself.

• Start today! Write down a list of Bible verses that you want to memorize and start reading them every day. Once you've memorized those, make a new list.