We are runners in the “race” of life, former procrastinators, and we need to be well equipped. To lack the right equipment is to be hindered. What hindrance are we laying aside here? We’re laying aside the weight of having to depend on a physical Bible when we need God’s Word for our souls or others’.
When we commit scripture to memory, the Holy Spirit ministers to us directly from the Word of God hidden in our hearts. Memorizing scripture is equipping ourselves to run well. Will you join me ?
Whether good at memorizing or not, the Lord will come along side you. Far more will go into your heart than you might think.
Experiment to find out what works for you. Here are some ideas.
Select a scripture. Something you’ve loved for years or something new that grips you. Maybe your child’s Sunday School verse. One good resource is the Navigator’s Topical Memory System.
Set up a reminder for yourself. Create a habit for when and where you’ll memorize. Spend one or two minutes memorizing after daily Bible reading. (Perfect for mini habits!) Post a copy over the kitchen or bathroom sink. Put one in your purse, pocket, or car.
Enlist a partner. Somebody who will listen to you say the verse. Your children will be happy to check you! Everybody learns and you model wisdom. Maybe at the end of a meal everybody joins in. Make it fun. Teaching children to memorize scripture is enormously important. If they’re in a memory program, join them.
Write out the verse several times if that helps.
Learn in phrases then hook them all together.
Repeat the verse aloud many times.
Add motions or set it to music.
Meditate on the verse by pondering what it means, how you can apply it to your own life. Pray it for yourself and others.
Review. After you move on to another passage, return to review so you maintain memory.
The Holy Spirit will guide you!
What verse or passage will you start with?