Memorizing God’s Word

“It’s Worth the Work”


Our memory verses for this week are:

“But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you.”

Luke 6:27-28

“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria and to the end of the earth.”

Acts 1:8

According to research by Paul Reber, Professor of Psychology at Northwestern University, it shows that the average human being has a memory storage capacity of around 2.5 petatytes or a million gigabytes.

That sounds like a lot.  Theoretically, humans can memorize large portions of the Bible, if not the whole thing.

The famous hymn writer Fanny Crosby could, without much effort, recite the Pentateuch (first five books of the Bible) most of the Psalms and the Gospels.  She memorized five chapters a week!

For the Spirit to use the Bible to transform us, we need to know what is in it.

Scripture memorization is an incredible way to make us intimately familiar with scripture.  It is a discipline that can have life-changing influence on our spiritual maturity.

I found this article on scripture memorization at www.thenivbible.com.

Most of what I share with you comes from this web page.

They give ten tips for memorizing scripture.  I will share seven of them:

  1. Start small
  2. Say it out loud
  3. Write it down
  4. Listen to it
  5. Take it with you
  6. Use flash cards
  7. Get a partner

Most of these seven points are pretty much habit for me when I write my messages.  I know a lot of us have given up on the idea of memorizing scripture for many reasons.  Your reasons match others in their reasoning too.

I want to challenge you to not just pass this by!  Scripture memorization will change your life and feed your soul. 

Please try it! It’s worth the work!

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