I can think of nothing more valuable for a Christian than the memorizing of Scripture. The author Hebrews calls God’s Word “living and active” and “sharper than any double-edged sword, penetrating as far as the separation of soul and spirit, joints and marrow. It is able to judge the ideas and thoughts of the heart” (Heb. 4:12).
God gave us His words to help conform us into the image of Jesus Christ (2 Tim. 3:16-17). So, as we memorize and meditate on Scripture, we find ourselves being reoriented to Him. For this reason, I am making a greater effort to memorize portions of God’s Word. I would encourage you to do the same. Here are some verses I’ll be memorizing/meditating on this week.
No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to humanity. God is faithful, and He will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation He will also provide a way of escape so that you are able to bear it.
(1 Corinthians 10:13)
We all, with unveiled faces, are looking as in a mirror at the glory of the Lord and are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory; this is from the Lord who is the Spirit.
(2 Corinthians 3:18)
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
Begin the habit of memorizing verses and passages of Scripture. You’ll find that those sections of the Bible that you memorize will stay with you throughout your daily life – at home, work, and elsewhere.
What’s the best way to memorize Scripture? There are different approaches to memorization, but one common factor of all the methods is repetition. Some people choose to write out what they’re memorizing, while others choose to speak the passages. Whatever your method, remember to repeat, repeat, repeat! I’ve heard it said that if you really want to memorize something you have to repeat it every day for a week, every week for a month and every month for a year. Certainly, those numbers aren’t going to be the same for everybody, but the point is clear: memorization takes repetition.
By the way, use creative means to help increase the amount of repetitions. For example, if you have a verse you want to memorize, write it on a note card and put it in your office and car, write it on something in the house, play a game of matching with your family (where each word of the verse is written on the cards), say it as a family at meal times, and ask others for suggestions.
Don’t stop meditating on the verse/passage after you’ve memorized it. Continue to allow the truth of whatever you’ve memorized to saturate your mind and soul. For me, this is the best part and the most fruitful. Put it to memory and then allow the verse to help you “be transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Rom. 12:2). So, be strategic about the words you memorize. If you’re in need of hearing a particular truth, find a verse that relates to that truth and put it to memory!