Memorizing scripture is a highly valuable spiritual discipline. The bible says to “Keep my commandments and live, And my teaching as the apple of your eye. Bind them on your fingers; Write them on the tablet of your heart.” (Prov. 7:2-3).
There are a lot of reasons that memorizing scripture is good. For instance, you don’t always have a bible handy but if you memorize scripture it will always be with you. Also, if you memorize scripture you will know and understand it better because you have to think about it so much as you memorize. Jesus showed us the value of memorized scripture when he was tempted by the devil he responded with scripture. Jesus didn’t pull out his iphone and google verses for temptation. No, he had it memorized. Memorizing scripture greatly improves our ability to study the bible. If you will memorize just a few verses you will be amazed at how often when you read other parts of the bible that they seem to relate directly with what you have memorized. Finally, we should memorize scripture because it gives us the ability to speak into other persons lives with ease. If someone is hurting or struggling with something it is often hard to know what to say. But if you will memorize some scripture you will have some truth and love from the word of God to share with that person, how great is that.
So, this is why I am so excited about all that we are doing to learn through our sermon series on Ephesians at New Life. Today I wanted to share a few simple tips on how to memorize scripture. By the end of this series if you work hard you will have some 19 verses from the book of Ephesians memorized. It is going to be hard work but you will not be disappointed with the results I promise.
- Say it out loud
Some of us don’t learn really well just reading the verse so if you say it out loud this allows you to also hear it. It is a two for one deal.
- Post it Around
Keep that verse in front of you all the time. Write it on some post it notes and put by your desk, on the dash of your car, on your bathroom mirror. Then when you are on hold on the phone, at a stop light, brushing your teeth take a second and looked at the verse.
- Re-Write It
If you were like me in school you had to write sentences for punishment more than once. But you know, by the time you got done writing you had that sentence memorized. Do the same with verses.
- Sing It.
Make the verse into a little melody you will be surprised how much this helps.
- Look for Patterns, Anchors, and Associations.
Some times verses will have patterns that help you simplify understanding of the verse. They also have words that just seem to stick out to you, or words that have some significance for you. Taking note of these, they will give you a good start.
- Work Backwards
This is one I use a lot. If you just read the verse through normally every time you will end up just memorizing the first part. So I start with the last word say it, then add the next to last word and say them together. I repeat this through the whole verse. Do this a couple times a day and it really helps. Though it sounds funny.
- Don’t forget the Location
You will want to find this verse one day so also memorize the location of the verse so you can.
- Break it Down
Break the verse into more manageable pieces and work on memorizing them.
- Get the Fam involved.
Make working on the verse part of family devotions. Encourage your kids to work on the verse through the day. If you got 3 or more people all working on the same verse you will hear it a lot.
- Make it a Game.
Have fun doing this. Challenge your self. Laugh. If you have older kids set up a competition in the house. This is the word of God but it doesn’t need to be boring.
There are many more memorization tricks out there just google it if these don’t work for you. The main thing is to do it and do it regularly. I pray that this time would start a habit with you and your family to be regularly memorizing scripture.