Memorizing scripture has been a challenge for me personally over the years. One of the questions I was constantly asking myself was why should I even memorize? As I was reading my Bible and God began to highlight verses for me I realized the importance of memorizing and the benefits it gives.
Jesus knew the Word and was constantly quoting from it. So why wouldn’t we want to follow His example in knowing His Word by heart.
It says to in scripture
In Colossians 3:16 it says,
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”
The word “dwell” is the meaning to “live in.” We should let God’s Word live within us, in our hearts and minds. Knowing scripture should not be a burden but instead it gives us life and we should have joy in practicing it.
It is spiritual food
It says in Jeremiah 15:16,
“Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of my heart: for I am called by thy name, O Lord God of host.”
It is food to our souls, sweet,wholesome and nourishing. The Word of God when eaten by faith brings spiritual joy and delight.
it stops us from temptation
In Ephesians 6:17 It refers to “taking the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” The Bible is a powerful weapon against the enemy and just as Jesus took the sword of the Spirit against the devil when tempted in the wilderness so we should keep it hidden in our hearts to be able to overcome temptation. See (Psalm 119:11) (Psalm 37:31)
it will make us wise
The Bible is filled with wisdom and can move in any area of our lives. When we memorize scripture we will not only grow in wisdom but we will have it with us everywhere we are.
“Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding.” Proverbs 3:13
It changes lives
Hebrews 4:12 says,
“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”
His Word is alive! In that way it’s impossible to read and apply scripture into our heart and minds without having it change us. God’s Word has the overwhelming power to change and transform our hearts unto Him. If that doesn’t get you excited, I don’t know what will!
tips for memorizing
Even though I struggle from time to time, I started implementing these tips into my daily routine and I’ve found I not only get better at it, but I grow all the more to enjoy it!
1. Using note cards
When I come across a verse I want to commit to memory one of the ways I’ve found super helpful is to write it on a note card and place it somewhere noticeable. I’ve put multiple ones in my room, on my mirror, on the wall next to my bed and even in my car. Be creative and put them anywhere around the house where you will notice it time and time again.
2. Make it fun
If you are artsy like myself then this will be a fun one for you! Another way I like to do it is by writing the verse on a piece of paper and sketch around it. I also love painting so putting it on a canvas and hanging it as decor is a great way to not only brighten up the room but have it hanging somewhere you’ll always see it.
3. Find resources
One of the ways that’s really helped me are apps you can get on your phone. Specifically https://www.getverses.com/ is the one that I use often as it makes memorizing fun. There are lots of other good apps as well but Verses is the best one, ( in my opinion.)
I know it sounds simple but it really works! When I pray to God for clarity He hears me and guides me along the way. Psalm 119:35 says,
“Direct me in the path of your commands, for there I find delight.”
Pray for a deeper love and desire for His Word. Ask the Lord for guidance and understanding of truth and He will answer!
5. Read it aloud
I’ve discovered that when I read the scripture passage out loud over and over again it is one of the easiest ways to memorize. When you listen to yourself repeating it aloud it will help you later when you don’t have it in front of you.
Yes! I know it sounds weird but when I take some time away from memorizing and do a daily exercise routine it helps to sharpen my mind. It can also help my mood and reduce any stress. It doesn’t have to be anything intense, ( unless you like that type of workout,) but something simple such as taking five minutes a day. Try it, I promise it works!
Again memorizing should be fun! The more you are consistent in doing it, the easier it will become. There are many ways that can help you memorize and these are a few that have helped me and I hope they will help you as well! We all have a different way of learning so whatever way you do best, it’s my hope and prayer that you would delight and find the joy in it!