How to Cultivate the Habit of Scripture Memorization (without the overwhelm)

For two decades I’ve known the benefit of putting Scripture to memory but somehow never seriously got down to actually doing it. Sure, I’d stored away key verses that people know just by the sheer number of times they’ve been read in church, funerals, or weddings. 

Somewhere over the past 5 years, however, it really began clicking for me. I finally realized the concept of Scripture memorization wasn’t just a nice suggestion from some well-meaning evangelist … it’s an actual command from an all-knowing God. 

Seriously. This isn’t a handy habit we may want to cultivate at some point. This is a lifechanging, lifesaving, lifesustaining tool that we shouldn’t be without. 

Are you faced with a temptation that’s got you worn down? Maybe you’re listening to music you know you shouldn’t, or reading that novel you know you oughtn’t. Maybe you’re withholding a tithe you know belongs to Him.

Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. Proverbs 119:11

Do you catch that? His word is hid in mine heart. Not in my smartphone, or Kindle, or even my Bible. In mine heart. 

Are you lacking in wisdom and desperately in need of direction? Maybe you’re someone people turn to for advice and you always feel inept and unprepared?

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. Colossians 3:16

The word can’t dwell within us if we don’t store it up in our minds and hearts. There has to be a putting in before there can be a pouring forth. 

Do you feel like a complete failure? Like you’re somehow the unlucky distant cousin of King Midas and instead of turning to gold, everything you touch turns into a mess? Maybe you just never quite feel like you’re making the mark and you’d like to know that even your perceived failures are inside the will of God. 

The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide. Psalm 37:31

The law, once written in our hearts, will keep our steps from sliding. Knowing Christ and serving Him doesn’t mean trouble won’t come knocking but it does mean that when the winds of strife blow, we won’t be blown over. 

Or maybe you’re just ready to feel that you’re prospering spiritually and, for once, not stagnating in your Christian journey. 

This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. Joshua 1:8

There is one way, and one way only, to truly have the word of God available to meditate on day and night. In every time of trouble, in each moment of triumph, in the dark, and in the light … and that is to have it stored away where moths cannot eat it and the enemy cannot steal it. 

Our hearts.

This course will walk you through my personal experience with Scripture memorization. Aside from my personal testimony, you can expect to learn:

Identifying your Why

  • What is your purpose?
  • What do you hope to gain?

The Most Basic of Basics

  • Developing a plan
  • How to choose verses

A Systematic Approach

  • Organizing Verses
  • All about review

Capitalizing on Efficiency

  • Cementing references to the verses
  • Word perfect?

Go Deep

  • Mining for Gold
  • Linking up verse concepts

Goal: Long-term Success

  • Avoiding pitfalls
  • Pursuit of memorization as a life habit

The Week in Review

  • Putting it all together
  • Solidifying a plan

Action Step:

Today is just an intro, but if you have a minute, jot down all the verses you have memorized already. Even if it’s only one or two, write them down. Also, make note of any you’ve been meaning to memorize. If they’re on your heart, God is probably trying to speak to you through them. Other than that, get geared up to really get started!

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