You can do this!
I came across a video from Beth Moore that covered memorizing scripture. We know we need to read the word, but memorizing it can be tough. Right? Once you get the words memorized, then you can’t seem to remember the location of the verse. Or you recall that Romans 8:28 was significant for some reason, but you can’t remember what it says. By the way…
Romans 8:28 — And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. (NKJV)
Don’t let frustration set in or negative talk discourage you from pressing on. We all can and should memorize scripture.
Memorizing scripture is not a measure of how smart you are. You can be a genius in some areas and still need work in others. You don’t have to be a genius though. Just be willing. Memorizing scripture is not about proving we are smart or proving we are super-christian. Memorizing scripture is not for puffing up pride or looking down on others.
Why should we memorize? Well, let me ask it another way. Why should we eat? So we don’t starve to death! We need the nourishment to strengthen us and keep us healthy. We take the word in over and over again to build up our faith, renew our minds and therefore, transform ourselves to be more like Christ.
Knowing the word also enables us to know God better. His character is revealed through scripture. His love for us is revealed through scripture. In scripture, guidance can be found. We gain insight in to how we are protected, and how we are equipped to stand against attacks from evil. In scripture, we discover the authority God has given us as His children. We learn that God is for us, God is with us, and God lives in us through learning scripture and deepening our relationship with Him.
We won’t know anything about the God we serve if we don’t consume scripture like we’d starve to death without it. Actually, we do starve without God and His word. However, I’ll save a discussion on that for another time. Suffice it to say, that if we can get scripture in us, the Holy Spirit will bring it to our remembrance (John 14:26) and give us personal revelation on how to practically apply it to our lives — in good times and especially in those times of trial.
So, I jotted down a few key points and verses based on watching the video and provided that information below. If you want to watch the video first, you can go here. Otherwise, read on and there will be a later opportunity to visit the video link near the end of this post.
Key points on how to start memorizing:
- Pray about it.
- Ask God for the supernatural capacity to memorize scripture
- Ask God for a love for Jesus — to love Him with everything in you
- Ask God for a thirst and hunger for His word — for help to love it
- Approach memory work relationally — It is about engaging with God
- Dedicate what you are doing (learning/memorizing scripture) to God and talk to Him about it
- Remember this is about developing Christ-likeness not about demonstrating how smart we are or being boastful about ourselves
- Try using the beginning of the week to review already memorized scripture, and use the rest of the week for new memory work.
Here is a list of different supporting scripture referenced in the video for your review:
- Jeremiah 20:9
- John 6:63
- 2 Timothy 3:16-17
- John 15:7
- 1 John 5:15
- 2 Corinthians 10:5
- 1 Peter 1:13
- 2 Timothy 1:7
- John 14:26
I pray this blesses you and encourages you to take your walk with Christ to a deeper level. If you have not already watched the video, you can do so here.
Question: What scripture are you going to start memorizing this week?
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