How to Memorize Scripture

How to Memorize Scripture

You can memorize scripture!

From just one or two verses to an entire chapter or even an entire book – yes even entire books! Don’t underestimate your mind, it is incredibly powerful. God made it that way.

One of the keys to being able to successfully memorize scripture is to repeat it out-loud many times – adding small snippets at a time.  For instance, if you were memorizing Jn. 3:16, an approach like this would likely work quite well for you:

  • Repeat, out loud “For God so loved the world” 10-15 times or until you do not need to look at that page in your Bible to get it perfectly correct a few times in a row. (This will take you about 30 seconds to complete)
  • Add “that He gave His only begotten Son” to your first memorized phrase and then repeat it all, out loud “For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son” another 10-15 times or until you do not need to look at that page in your Bible to get it perfectly correct a few times in a row. (This will take you about 60 seconds to complete)
  • Add “that whoever believes in Him” to your first two memorized phrases and then repeat it all, out loud “For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him” another 10-15 times or until you do not need to look at that page in your Bible to get it perfectly correct a few times in a row. (This will take you about 90 seconds to complete)
  • Add “should not perish but have everlasting life” to your first three memorized phrases and then repeat the whole verse, out loud “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” another 10-15 times or until you do not need to look at that page in your Bible to get it perfectly correct a few times in a row. (This will take you about 120 seconds to complete)

There you have it!  A perfectly memorized verse – and you will never forget it!  If you memorize that verse in the morning you could then repeat it to yourself throughout the day which will serve to help solidify it even further in your memory – and it will be a powerful meditation in your heart all day. You will receive revelation from God through that process! In fact, you will probably get so touched by that particular verse in fact that you will want to share the Gospel with some people before the end of the day!

Again, take note of the process outlined here.  That process will really help you memorize scripture more easily. By breaking the verse down into smaller sections, the memorization process does not require any specific talent or cognitive abilities – just persistence.  In addition to being “sure fire,” this memorization process is still quick! You are 300 seconds (5 minutes) away from memorizing Jn 3:16 or another verse of similar length!

If you have not tried memorizing scripture already, you will notice that there are several benefits to memorizing scripture. One is that it simply forces you to think about each and every word. It also makes it available for you to draw on and thus meditate on at any time of the day or night because you no longer need to have the physical Bible at hand to know what the verse says. In addition, you can instantly draw on the scriptures you’ve memorized to minister to others even if you don’t have your Bible with you. (For this reason – ministry – it is a good practice to also commit the scripture’s “address”: book, chapter, and verse to memory as well so that when the Holy Spirit brings a memorized scripture to mind when you are ministering to others you will be able to show them exactly where it says that in the Bible)! Lastly, the repetition that is necessary to memorize scripture, plants that seed in abundance into your heart, which is where Jesus said it must be planted if it is to grow and produce fruit.  (Mk.4:13-20, 26-29)

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