“Gather the riches of God’s promises. Nobody can take away from you those texts from the Bible which you have learned by heart.” Corrie Ten Boom
One of my goals this year was to dedicate more time to personal Scripture memory. Our family has memorized parts of the Bible over the years during our family worship times, but I hadn’t been as diligent with memorizing God’s Word during my personal Bible time. This past year, my two younger sisters took part in the National Bible Bee, and this has been such a blessing in our family’s life! As I saw my sisters memorizing HUNDREDS of verses, it convicted me about my own need to be hiding God’s Word in my heart.
There is nothing more powerful than having the Word of God in your heart! God’s Word is so vital in our Christian walk. . . it is our spiritual food; it sets us free from the lies of sin that would ensnare us; it is a light to our path; it instructs us in righteousness, and it gives us true wisdom that surpasses all the wisdom of this world.
“The vigor of our spiritual life will be in exact proportion to the place held by the Bible in our life and thoughts.” -George Mueller.
In the Bible, there are many verses that speak on the great importance of being in God’s Word:
“Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord.” (Matthew 4:4)
“This book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” (Joshua 1:8)
“If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:31, 32)
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” (Psalm 119:105)
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16)
“Oh, how I love Your law! It is my mediation all the day. You, through Your commandments, make me wiser than my enemies. For they are ever with me.” (Psalm 119:97, 98)
I thought I’d share a few ways that have helped me with memorizing Scripture. I know everyone learns differently, so some of you may do better with a different approach. Just find what works best for you.
I am working through the book of Philippians and at this point I am almost done with the first chapter. Here’s the process I follow when I sit down to memorize a chapter of Scripture:
- Split the chapter into sections, about 6-7 verses, depending on where the best stopping point is.
- Start on one section at a time (for me it was Philippians 1:1-7).
- Recite the verses out loud 3x and write them 3x.
Within a few days, I’ll usually have that section memorized, and will then move on to the next section.
Another thing that my sisters have learned and shared with me with Scripture memorization is – review, review, review. 🙂 It’s really important to go over those passages already committed to memory, because it can be very easy to forget them once you move on to another one. One thing my sisters and I have started at night before we go to bed is to take turns reciting our passages to each other. What a wonderful way to fall asleep – with God’s Word fresh on your mind!
You may read this and think, “Yes! I would love to memorize the Bible, but it’s so hard to find the time to do it.” I believe it’s all a matter of where our priorities lie. We make time in our day for the things that are most important to us. We have the essentials such as eating and sleeping, and then there are busy schedules. We make sure we take care of our physical needs, but what about our spiritual life? Can we say it’s healthy, or is it suffering from malnutrition?
In the age of modern technology, there are so many things that compete for our time and attention. Have you ever thought about how much time you spend just in one day picking up your phone? (Have you looked at that Screen Time setting on your phone? It might surprise you just how much you are on your phone– I know I was!) How does that compare with your time spent in God’s Word? I know for myself, social media had gotten to where it was consuming so much of my day. When I stepped away from it for a while, I realized just how much time I was wasting and how much more time I had now for the important things – like memorizing God’s Word and spending more time with my family.
I’m so thankful that my dad encouraged us kids from a young age to be reading God’s Word every day; it has made a tremendous impact on my life! And once I started memorizing Scripture and committing those words to memory, it has been an even huger blessing!
Memorizing Scripture doesn’t have to be hard; it just takes a commitment and consistency; start out small if you have to. Just do it! Start with 10 minutes a day and stick with that. I would encourage you to make God’s Word a priority TODAY, for the rest of this week, this year, and for the years to come!
Let me know your thoughts in the comments! Have you been memorizing the Bible, and have you found a technique that works best for you? Do you want to memorize God’s Word this year, but don’t know where to start? I would love to encourage you in that! ❤