For some reason God made it easy for me to memorize. When I was a boy, I memorized a lot of meaningless stats on the back of baseball cards and the nutrition information on the side of cereal boxes. Why? Because I liked numbers and could. Now that I’m following Jesus, I can use that to know him better and commit Scripture to memory.
Unfortunately, not everyone has it easy as I do. Some people can’t remember other people’s names, where they parked their car, or Bible verses without blood sweat and tears. And that is okay! God made us all different, and those who cannot memorize Scripture as effortlessly as I can might find a few of the following practical tips helpful.
10 Practical Tips for Memorizing Scripture:
1. Memorize the Word of God in community.
With a small group or with the larger congregation, memorizing Scripture as a community is a powerful way to learn the Bible together through pursuing mutual goals with accountability. Push each other to memorize the Word of God more. This is one way to live out Proverbs 27:17: “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.”
2. Memorize along with your family.
Memory verses are not just for kids! If your children participate in programs like AWANA and memorize Bible verses, invite the whole family to memorize together. This is a great way to teach the whole family the truth of the Bible.
3. Use note cards.
When you encounter a Bible verse you want to put to memory, make verse cards and place them in noticeable areas of your house or workplace: on the bathroom mirror, in your living room, or on your refrigerator. Some people even memorize Scripture in the shower!
Deuteronomy 6:8-9 says we are to bind God’s commands on our hands, on the doorposts of our houses, and on our gates so that they are constantly reminding us of God and his commands. When we post verses all around our house, we are able to more frequently meditate on God’s word, which helps us renew our minds.
4. Listen to an audio Bible.
A good way to redeem the time is to listen to Scripture while in the car, at the gym, or cooking. This is an ideal method for memorizing longer passages of Scripture and to set your mind on things above (Colossians 3:2).
A good sermon can ingrain the truths of Scripture in your head as well. By downloading the Unlocking the Bible podcast, mobile app or by listening to the Daily Broadcast, you are taught God’s Word in an encouraging and refreshing way. Faith in Christ does come by hearing, right?
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