Can you think of a way to always have God’s Word available to you no matter when it is or where you are? What advantages could that be to you? Help with witnessing? Fighting temptation? Focusing more on God? Comforting others in times of need? Meditation? The benefits are many.
Actually, anyone can have this benefit. The discipline we are talking about is memorizing Scripture. Some of us have more challenges in memorizing Bible verses than others. It is one I struggle with. I have several friends who have memorized entire books of the Bible. I have an old acquaintance who regularly challenges friends to memorize the entire Bible, a goal he is working on and has committed many books of the Bible to memory already.
The goals of Bible memory discipline are to place as much of Scripture in your minds as possible and to be able to recall it and use it whenever the opportunity arises. Some benefits of this discipline include:
- A deeper sense of God’s presence.
- A deeper ability in meditation.
- Preparation to witness to anyone anywhere.
- An opportunity to recall verses that help us or comfort us.
- A ready tool to encourage other people.
Here are some suggestions to help you in the memorization process:
- Read the verse you want to memorize frequency.
- Write out the verse and keep it with you for review throughout the day or week.
- Carry out methods that require you to focus on recall of the verse, not just reading it. One aid is the ScriptureTyper app, available on about every device there is. There is a very good free level for this app and an excellent, inexpensive paid level. This one was recommended by my colleague and I have found it very useful.
- Write out the verse multiple times. I use this approach a lot.
- Memorize verses with a friend or family member. This creates accountability.
- Review. Review. The more you review the verse the deeper the verse will get into long-term memory. Memory is like a muscle; the more you use it the stronger it gets.
- Quote the verse aloud often. That is the goal, isn’t it?
What are some verses to memorize? Here are some examples:
- Verses or passages that mean a lot to you or speak to you in a significant way (Psalm 71:17-18 work for me).
- A plan of salvation like the Roman Road (Romans 3:23; 6:23; 5:8; 10:13; 10:9-10). There are many wonderful ways to share a way to be saved. Find one you connect to and commit it to memory.
- Key verses in a current personal or group Bible study (verses suggested weekly in your Sunday School materials).
- Verses or passages that comfort you and can comfort others (Psalm 23).
- Verses or passages that can become prayers (Matthew 6:9-13).
- Verses or passages that help you fight sin and temptation (1 Corinthians 6:8).
- Verses or passages that help you stay on mission with God (Matthew 28:19-20).
- Verses that give you hope (Romans 8:24-25)
Scripture: Psalm 119:11 might be a great verse to memorize.
Dig Deeper: Here are some other lists of helpful verses to memorize. You might get motivated to engage in Scripture memory here:
- 35 Best Short Bible Verses to Inspire and Memorize
- Top 10 Bible Verses for Your Family to Memorize
- 50 Best Bible Verses to Memorize
Now It’s Your Turn: When has Scripture memory helped you and how? Please share your ideas so we can all grow together.
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