Wednesday, October 22, 2014

how to memorize Bible verses

Don’t feel like you have it in you to memorize Scripture? You do. Memorizing anything is simply a matter of practice. Here are some tips to get you started.

Start small. Choose one verse that speaks to your need to control, or any other issue you’re facing. No need to commit to an entire chapter just yet, take it one small bite at a time. 

Then begin by handwriting the verse, even multiple times. I pick up 4 x 6 cards to clip together with a ring clip, just to keep with me and rehearse the truth of God’s words. 

Keep the verse displayed where you will see it often, and when you see it say the verse out loud. Something about this trick though; I find that after a week of having the verse up in a prominent location I just can’t see it anymore. It blends in with the scenery. It’s a good idea to move it around. Write it out again and display it somewhere else where you can’t help but see it daily. The bathroom mirror, the kitchen sink, the steering wheel, or even the lock screen on your phone are all great places to start.

Enlist a buddy. Everything is better with a friend. Having someone to repeat verses with and encourage one another along the way, may give you just the boost you need for success. 

Sometimes it helps to make a little song or rhyme. One trick I use with my kids is to say the verse one word at a time. For example, if we’re memorizing Isaiah 26:3 we begin like this: I say, “you” and the kids repeat it. Then I say, “you will” and the kids repeat that. We go on until we have repeated the entire verse like that, having said each word multiple times really helps with the process.

And finally, don’t get discouraged if you’re having a hard time getting it word for word. If you’re working on it then you’re meditating on God’s truth, and that is valuable. 

God's word is our best defense against the lies that the enemy wants to keep us trapped by. We know that it is active and useful, so me must actually use it. 

A sword is good only if the warrior has the ability to use it properly. When David fought his giant he knew the king's sword was too big for him, and that he couldn't be effective with someone else’s weapon. There is a lesson for us there. We have to own the Scriptures, and make them a part of us in order for them to be effective in our own battles. The Bibles we own must be used. Memorizing Scripture is the best way to use the weapon of the Word. 


This is part of a month long series on Quitting the Legacy of Control, and putting an end to our control freak ways. Catch up on the rest of the posts hereor by clicking the button below.


1 comment:

  1. Wonderful your writing.I love to hear from you! Bible says,"It ain't those parts of the Bible that I can't understand that bother me, it is the parts that I do understand. Happy Holidays! Cheers!~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


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