I grew up in a house with no color. The house, once white, had been washed colorless by the frequent stormy rains of Alabama. It was not a house you'd be quick to invite friends over for for a visit.
For years I saw my past just as I remembered the old house, humbled, discolored and without much value. Recently I began to see the beauty of that house and the lessons I learned there. I realized that what took place inside of the house was of more value than the outer appearance. Inside was God's order.
Order in the house included immaculate cleanliness. Even more important, Gods order included church attendance. We (children) were forced to attend Sunday school, or what's known today as children's church. Since we walked to church unaccompanied by adults, sometimes we detoured, hid, and after a while returned home as though we'd done the right thing. Of course someone would call our home later and ask, where were the children today? But most of the time we actually did attend Sunday School where we learned about Jesus and were taught to memorize scriptures.
It's the scriptures that were once only words for memorization that guide me today as I walk with Jesus. Because of my beginnings in that house, when pride has knocked on my door, I have the memory verse to "humble myself" and resist the temptation of "falling to pride" to "resist the devil and he will flee from me" (1 Peter5:6) (Proverbs 16:18).
Ironically, because of my beginnings in that house, I have frequently been visited by "Mr. your speech is not eloquent enough". When this unwanted visitor knocks on my door the word of God has equipped me to say - NO- "God did not give me a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind". (1 Timothy 1:7)
You need to memorize, or know the scriptures too. It's the scriptures that state "your body is the temple (house) of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you." (I Corinthians 3:16 NKJV)
God requires order in your house. In fact He said, “If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.”
(I Corinthians 3:17NKJV)
You have an adversary called Satan, who'd like nothing better than help you destroy your temple from the inside out (John 10:10). He subtly comes knocking and would like to take residence in various forms including pride, fear, strife, un-forgiveness, lust, envy, anger, greed, lying, and a whole slew of other evils. The scriptures are the weapon, designed specifically to keep you free of every evil guest seeking to visit, and eventually destroy your house.( Ephesians 6:17, II Corinthians 10:4).
I urge you to make time to get to know the scriptures needed to specifically combat every evil that has attempted to defile your temple. If you've accepted Jesus finished work on the cross, the blood He shed painted your temple white, sanctifying, you, even calling you holy, making your temple beautiful.(Hebrews 10:10). Remember, God requires that you keep your temple or house in order, not allowing sin to hold you captive, destroying your house.
As you make time to do your part by studying the scriptures, the Holy Spirit will bring them to memory and help keep your house clean and in order.(John 14: 26)