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Internalizing the Scriptures

Updated on February 11, 2017

Many of us have a head knowledge of what the Bible says concerning matters of life, but if we are to be truly revived and on fire for the Lord we must have an experiential knowledge of God's Word. We must take God's Word and make it a living part of our being. Of course, God's Word gives us the prescription for doing just that. Proverbs 2:1-5 tell us, 1 "My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee; So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; 3  Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; 4  If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; 5  Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God."

First of all, we must read (verse 1a). If we are willing to receive His Word and to consistently read His Word we are well on our way to internalizing the Word of God and making it real in our lives.

Next, we must memorize His Word (verse 1b). He expects us to hide the things we have read in our hearts. Memorizing portions of the Bible will keep us from sin. We are told in Psalm 119:11, "Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. Memorizing Scripture will also give us strength in time of need.

Then we must hear the Word of God--with our heart (verse 2a). Wisdom comes from hearing what God says, and from applying that which we have heard. Verse 4 tells us we must then study the Word. The truth of the Scriptures must be searched for, but just like silver, it is well worth the effort. II Timothy 2:15 tells us that studying the Scriptures brings approval, a lack of shame, and true knowledge--"Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."

Back in verse 2b, we see that meditation is an essential part of taking in the Word of God. Joshua 1:8 mentions that meditation on the Word of God is the key to spiritual prosperity and success, if meditation on the Word is made a constant and daily habit.

Finally in verse 3, we see the importance of prayer in relation to internalizing God's truth. As we cry after knowledge and lift up our voice for understanding, God will be faithful to grant us our request. Verse 5 promises that after we read, memorize, hear, and pray, "Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God." May this be our prayer, and our desire as we live in these last days.


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    • lifegate profile imageAUTHOR

      William Kovacic 

      8 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      A M,

      I think you're absolutely right. Sometimes we look only to the good, but many a lesson in life is learned from the bad as well as the mundane. Thanks for pointing this out!

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      Allen Werner 

      8 years ago from West Allis

      lifegate, I've always believed that this seeking for silver is done by applying the lessons of the Bible into our every day lives. When things happen to us, anything at all - good and bad, even mundane - we grow wiser when we meditate upon it and find His place in the happening. Peace.

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      8 years ago from San Jose, California

      A beautiful hub, Lifegate! "Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee," this passage is one of my favorites. Thank you for bringing it back to my heart's memory.

      God bless you, keep and protect,

    • s0126phoenix profile image


      8 years ago

      Thank you for this hub. I hope others will read it, and "get it!"

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      Michael C Murphy 

      8 years ago from California

      This is a wonderfully important lesson. I do think some people get stuck when it comes to memorizing because they focus on the exact words of the particular Bible version they are reading (King Jams, NKJ, NAS, NIV), but those words are not as important as the content of those words. It's so much more important to understand the meaning than remember each and every word in a verse. Just knowing the words puts scripture in your mind, but understanding the instruction moves God's Word into your heart.

    • lifegate profile imageAUTHOR

      William Kovacic 

      8 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      My guess would be--you're right! Thanks.

    • Tamarajo profile image


      8 years ago

      Tennessee was my first guess. I love that place. It really is God's country.

    • lifegate profile imageAUTHOR

      William Kovacic 

      8 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Thanks all,

      I'm running a little bit behind, but I appreciate the comments you've left. Keep on keeping on!

    • RTalloni profile image


      8 years ago from the short journey

      I had the extreme privilege of having a short conversation with Darlene Deibler Rose once. She utterly rejected any thought of allowing herself to be the focus but only let her her counsel be, "The Word, the Word, know the Word of God!"

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      benny Faye Douglass 

      8 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Thank you LG, for a very thought provoking hub, I agree with every word. We not only have to read his word but we must devour it, and keep it inside our heart. Thank you for sharing. Godspeed. creativeone59

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      8 years ago from Lantana, Florida


      If what we hear is contrary to the Word of God, we know that it is fase voices. Of course, we must first know what the Word says.

      Thanks for this power hub. Voted up and shared!

      Forever His,

    • lcg4jc profile image


      8 years ago

      Thank you pastor for sharing the foundation of knowing and hearing the voice of God.

      So many are confused when it comes to hearing God's voice. I am not saying the Holy Spirit doesn't guide us and speaks to our hearts, but anything that we hear has to be in line with the word of God.

      The word tells us that the Holy Spirit will bring back to memory everything the Lord has spoken.

      It is essential to know His word, meditate on it, chew it (taste and see that the Lord is good), swallow it (take it in), digest it (allow for the nutrients of the word to remain in your heart and remove from your character that which is flawed so that it can be eliminated in the digestive process).

      Again, many thanks for placing an essential hub in regards to God's word. Blessings to you

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      8 years ago

      Beautifully said! I love the simplicity of perfect TRUTH, when it is so well said! Nicely done Lifegate, thank you for this perfect Sunday morning message!

    • heart4theword profile image


      8 years ago from hub

      Loved the part where you said: "As we cry after knowledge and lift up our voice for understanding.." Nice simple hub of knowledge, it did bring me some more understanding:) Great job:)

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      His daughter 

      8 years ago

      Great Hub and so true! There is so much one could say about internalizing God's Word. The praying part...praying the Word helps as well. By praying it and applying it we are those doers of the word and the fruit of it will follow. God bless.

    • lifegate profile imageAUTHOR

      William Kovacic 

      8 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA


      You're so right. I wonder how much we miss sometimes.

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      8 years ago

      To have the Word fall from the head to the heart is ever so important and itv is reflected in the way we live our daily lives. Miss something and you have missed what God is telling you.

      Hugs and Blessings

    • lifegate profile imageAUTHOR

      William Kovacic 

      8 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA


      I don't honestly remember exactly where the picture was taken, but it was either Kentucky or Tennessee. Is that what you were thinking? We certainly cannot live by bread alone. Thanks for stopping by.


      Thanks for checking in. Let's keep getting the Word of God out, Brother.

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      Michael Adams1959 

      8 years ago

      Excellent, enjoyed this a lot. Amen to taking God's word and applying it to our lives!

    • Tamarajo profile image


      8 years ago

      Where was the picture taken? Beautiful! I think I might know..just want to see if Im right.

      Yes yes the Word of God is priceless and how can we live without it for we cannot live by bread alone. I also liked your emphasis on prayer and meditaion to internalize and digest the truth of His Word.


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