I can’t remember ANYTHING so there’s no way I can memorize Scripture.
I hear statements like this from people all the time. The truth is, I totally understand being forgetful! If I don’t park in the same area of the grocery store parking lot each time, I forget where my car is. If I don’t write down what I need to accomplish, I leave off important things! I’m horrible at remembering names. I think most all of us can relate to not having a good memory! So then, should we just abandon the idea of memorizing God’s Word since it seems impossible?
I answer that with a resounding, NO! I believe the enemy has frightened us to the point that we have believed the lie that it’s pretty much impossible for us to hide God’s Word in our heart.
If we believe we are unable, we won’t do it. If we don’t do it, we’re left to our won thoughts, and that gets us nowhere and that’s exactly where our enemy wants us!
The power to win over sin is in God’s Word. The power to fight fear, anxiety, depression, discouragement, discontentment and every other battle lies is the truth of Scripture. Memorizing the Bible gives us something else to think about! It puts Truth where lies were hiding out! God knows we need His Word and He tells us so over and over again why we need it and how to do it.
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you[a] 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
Oh, how I love Your law!
It is my meditation all the day. Ps. 119:97
Here’s great instruction as to how to memorize:
“And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. Deuteronomy 6:4-8
Just as we teach our children God’s Word all through the day, WE look into God’s Word all through the day, too. We have it written so we can take it with us everywhere we go. I don’t mean you have it tattooed on your wrist, but there are so many good ways to keep it in front of you. My simple method is the little index card on the ring, as you see in the picture above. Yesterday morning as I was eating my breakfast, my cards were in front of me and I was “working on them.” I can take it with me throughout the house, in the car, or on my walk. I don’t add Scripture memory to my list of things to do, I do it all through the day as I’m cooking, ironing, or getting ready in the morning.
I also listen to the verses on the audio of my phone and try to be a word or two ahead of the recording. There are so many helps out there, but the greatest is the Spirit of God teaching us and giving us recall of His precious Word. Philippians 2:13 – For it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.
If you were searching for your car at Walmart and you saw a friend of yours, I bet you would ask for assistance to find your automobile, rather than continuing to stumble around the parking lot! Why not get a friend or two to hold you accountable and help you
find your car? memorize God’s Word? You will gain a closeness from sharing the Word and also time sharpening one another spiritually!
Let’s don’t make excuses, but trust the God Who made us to help our minds hide Truth in our hearts.
Refresh yourself by memorizing one Bible verse this week! Pick a chapter you LOVE and work on memorizing it one verse at a time.
I’m currently working on Psalm 103. What are you going to memorize?