I’ve by no means chosen a phrase for the 12 months or a life verse or something like that. However originally of final 12 months, I made a decision to memorize a brief passage: 1 Peter 4:7-11. It’s solely 5 verses, so no downside, proper?
But it surely by no means occurred. By some means, in all 12 months of the 12 months — all 52 weeks, all 12 months — I didn’t even memorize the primary verse.
I bumped final 12 months’s purpose to this 12 months as a result of I nonetheless wish to memorize this passage. And guess what? We’re just some weeks into the brand new 12 months, however I’m already three verses in. Possibly I can knock the remainder of this out earlier than Tremendous Bowl Sunday.
Memorizing Scripture is nothing new. Generations of believers have seen the worth of committing God’s Phrase to reminiscence, and a few have finished so in spectacular portions: Fanny Crosby memorized 5 Bible chapters each week.
Most probably I received’t enhance my memorization capabilities to anyplace close to that degree. However as we begin out — and even in case you’ve been memorizing verses for years — it may be useful to strive a number of totally different strategies of memorizing Scripture to search out what works greatest.
Writing it out. I’ve heard this suggestion many occasions, so it have to be useful for lots of people. Writing one thing down forces you to decelerate and suppose over the phrases as you write them.
Take away a phrase. I cherished this as a child! My mother wrote out verses one phrase at a time on little playing cards. At first, we’d apply the verses with all of the playing cards, making an attempt to place them so as. As we improved, we may take playing cards out and fill within the blanks from reminiscence. An incredible hands-on, visible memorization tactic.
Repeat it. That is my go-to. If I take one verse at a time, and even only a phrase at a time, and repeat it again and again, accenting every phrase as I’m going alongside, it helps me bear in mind even the smaller phrases which might be simply interchangeable (like “one another” or “each other”).
Put up it someplace seen. Most likely not your automobile sprint (except you promise to solely take a look at it when your automobile is parked), however perhaps the lavatory mirror or by your pc? Wherever you suppose you will note it typically when you will have a pair minutes to say it a couple of occasions to your self.
Make use of expertise. There are a couple of apps accessible for Scripture memorization. Some apps are doubtless higher than others, however this may very well be a useful possibility. Typically I discover myself reaching for my cellphone extra out of behavior than any actual have to do something with it. What higher solution to redeem that impulse than to open a Bible memorization app every time?
Observe with a buddy. Not solely does this methodology have built-in accountability, however a buddy can tailor how a lot assist they offer you to how a lot assist you want. Whenever you’re training with your self or with expertise, there’s solely a lot adaptability doable. A buddy can provide you a touch once you want it that will help you get to the following degree.
Regardless of which methodology you determine to strive first, memorizing Scripture will take work — and repetition. Whether or not you write it out or say it out loud, apply your verse or passage a number of occasions a day to assist your work transfer from short-term to long-term reminiscence.
Finally, all or any of those strategies may match properly for you. However as my lack of success final 12 months reveals, memorization takes greater than being — it takes work. Regardless of how well-thought-out or strategic any of our memorization plans could also be, none of us will memorize any Scripture within the coming 52 weeks except we select to work at it — except we select to worth Scripture over our leisure, to-do checklist, or every other distractions.
What’s our motivation in memorizing Scripture? Why are we doing this? A number of of those verses may be an effective way to kick off our memorization plan and assist us bear in mind why Scripture reminiscence is effective:
“I’ve saved up your phrase in my coronary heart, that I won’t sin in opposition to you.” Psalm 119:11
“Do your greatest to current your self to God as one authorised, a employee who has no must be ashamed, rightly dealing with the phrase of reality.” 2 Timothy 2:15
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and worthwhile for educating, for reproof, for correction, and for coaching in righteousness, that the person of God could also be full, geared up for each good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17
“Your phrase is a lamp to my toes and a lightweight to my path.” Psalm 119:105
“The legislation of the Lord is ideal, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is certain, making sensible the straightforward…Extra to be desired are they than gold, even a lot wonderful gold; sweeter additionally than honey and drippings of the honeycomb.” Psalm 19:7-11
“…and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the phrase of God.” Ephesians 6:11-17
What are you ready for? What verse are you going to memorize first?
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