Suggestions in Memorizing Scripture

4 Sep

9 How can a young person live a pure life?
By obeying your word.
10 With all my heart I try to obey you.
Don’t let me break your commands.
11 I have taken your words to heart
so I would not sin against you.
12 Lord, you should be praised.
Teach me your demands.
13 My lips will tell about
all the laws you have spoken.
14 I enjoy living by your rules
as people enjoy great riches.
15 I think about your orders
and study your ways.
16 I enjoy obeying your demands,
and I will not forget your word. (Psalm 119:9-16, New Century Version)

1. Ask God to give you a desire to memorize His Word.

2. Do a Bible study that stresses the benefits of knowing God’s Word.

3. Decide what to memorize. If you’d prefer to customize your scripture memory program, you can select individual verses (or chapters) that stand out to you during your quiet time, or choose a topic, and either use a concordance or topical Bible to find verses relating to that particular topic.

4. Start small. Many people find it easier to initially memorize individual verses. If you do decide to memorize entire chapters , break the project down into manageable parts. Remember, every verse, chapter and book begins with a single word.

5. Set realistic goals. Determine what you are capable of and what God is asking you to do.

6. Before you begin to memorize a verse, read the verse in several different translations to aid your understanding. You might want to try writing your very own paraphrase of the verse. Then, write out a practical application. This will help you avoid memorizing for the sake of memorizing.

7. Repetition is probably the most productive method used in scripture memory.

8. Find an accountability partner. A good partner will encourage you when you become discouraged and can also help you review your verses.

9. Say the reference each time you say the verse, both at the beginning and the end. This helps you avoid being someone who says, “Somewhere in the Bible it says…”

10. It’s helpful to review previously learned verses.

When I consistently memorize scripture, I find myself drawn closer to the heart of Jesus and experience greater victory over sin. It’s not always easy, but the benefits far outweigh the costs.

Blessings & Giggles to you & yours,

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One Response to “Suggestions in Memorizing Scripture”

  1. Jesslyn September 4, 2010 at 1:06 PM #

    Stopping in to say hi! You were above me on the SITS Saturday Sharefest list. 🙂

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