How to Memorize and Use Scripture
Yesterday I shared with you 3 good reasons you should be memorizing Scripture as part of your recovery program and to help you use it to battle temptation, as Jesus did. Those 3 reasons were;
Reason # 1 – Knowing some of the word of God by heart is a way of
Reason # 2 – Meditating on God’s Word brings prosperity and growth.
Reason # 3 – Scripture is the only Offensive Weapon Christians Have.
So, this email is for all of you who have said to yourself; “I can’t memorize Scripture.” Not true! That is simply an excuse and the reason you have not been able to is that you have not worked at it. We hear amazing stories all the time of people rising to a challenge and by a determination of their will and consistent work amazing things can happen
Remember the TV show “The Biggest Loser.” People who were hundreds of pounds’ overweight lost incredible amounts of weight, but it took a lot of effort. For example, Rachel Frederickson went from 260 pounds to 105. If you watched the show you know all they did was work out and eat intelligently.
So here is how you memorize Scripture. One word – repetition. Pick a verse, any verse and make it a short and simple one. You probably already know John 3:16 so that one is out. Wait you believe that you cannot memorize Scripture but you know John 3:16 … see there is hope for you!!!
Let’s take a rather short and easy passage that is a command from God for us to do daily.
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:1-2
Ok, so that is two verses but they go together. Now, give yourself a week to memorize it. Write it out on an index card, don’t know what that is? On cut and paste it into a text to yourself so you have it on your phone and easy to find. Now, break it down into sections.
- Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters,
- In view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice.
Now, picture that in your mind. See Paul with a megaphone yelling into your ear; “Therefore I urge you…” Then see yourself there with a sister if you have one or a sister in the Lord. Paul is urging both of you. And the two of you are looking at this highway sign that has printed on it “God’s Mercy. With these following it … 2 offer.”
God’s Mercy +2 Offer
Then see the image of you climbing up onto a place where sacrifices are made and you climb up and lay down and there you are as a living sacrifice.
Then notice something about you lying there as a living sacrifice, you are wearing a white robe because you are holy and God is looking down on you and He is smiling. Now I could go on but I know some of you are thinking this is ridiculous. Like you are not used to using images to remember things, right?
Here is another way that works for me. Keep your bible next to your bed. Open it and read the verse through 5 times slowly. Then work on memorizing it one phrase at a time. So, I would read “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters…” Then I close my eyes and repeat it as many times as it takes so that I can easily remember it. Then I add the next few words; “In view of God’s mercy.” Saying them enough times until I have them and then adding them to the first phrase. Rinse and repeat.
Adding one phrase at a time and then restarting from the beginning helps you to not be overwhelmed with remembering the whole thing. Take your time and give yourself grace. If you cannot remember it is because you still have work to do. When you can remember it then for that night the work is done.
Then I turn off the light. Close my eyes to go to sleep and repeat what I just learned over and over in my mind and instead of just trying to remember the words I want to think about what do those words mean to me. Listen for what the Spirit might be saying to you.