There is no doubt we have all been troubled by the events of the day; numerous earthquakes, tsunami, floods, war, death. But has your concern turned to personal anxiety or fear? God wants to give you comfort and perspective from His Word. Are you ready to commit God’s powerful Word to your memory? When you are, your thought life and fears will be changed. Your walk with God will be transformed as you experience the Holy Spirit bringing His words to your mind throughout your life.
Claim God’s Word
We either believe God’s Word is true or we don’t. If we believe He is who He says He is, then 100% of His Word is True. If it is true, then the promises and commands within are Truth for you. “Jesus said to the people who believed in him, ‘You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. And you will know the truth and the truth will set you free”, John 8:31,32. As you commit God’s Word to your memory, the Holy Spirit will remind you to be faithful to the teaching, and you are promised true freedom in Christ.
Your armor of protection for the day is God’s Word (Ephesians 6). The Word of God will always stand guard in your thought life and against Satan’s attempts to drag you down.
Claim it. Cling to it.
Tell God something like this, “God, I am thankful that You have given me everything I need for life and living in Your Words. You have promised (fill in the promise of the Scripture you are claiming) and I trust You. Help me to believe it and live it. Please remind me of it throughout the day. Amen”
What Scripture Should You Memorize
There is no rule for this. These are my suggestions:
Find verses that state who God is, who Jesus is and why He came, who the Holy Spirit is. Memorize verses about His forgiveness, holiness and His love. I’m talking about verses that will equip you with a foundation to know what you believe. When someone asks about Christianity or the culture confronts you with the need to be “tolerant”, you will have a firm foundation for your faith. “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope you have”, I Peter 3:15.
Doctrine will take time to memorize. Pick one verse a month to keep on your refrigerator or mirror. You can find verses under these categories in Bible reference tools in the back of a Study Bible. A variety of reference tools can be found in your local Christian bookstore. A classic book to guide you is, “Know What You Believe”, by Paul E. Little, InterVarsity Press. You can find this book here: www.christianbook.com/know-what-you-believe-audiobook
Memorize verses that have personal meaning to you.
What are you going through in life? The Bible reference tools in the back of a Study Bible will also give a short list of topics. Usually you can look up words like fear, worry, forgiveness, jealousy, marriage. Turn to the verses listed and find one you need to claim for your life!
Practical Ways to Memorize.
If you have difficulty memorizing, you are not the only one. If you have never been able to memorize anything, then spend your time meditating on the words for several days. Otherwise, give these tips a try:
- Talk to God about it. Tell Him your heart for memorizing His Word and ask Him for His help.
- Get a spiral notebook with index cards. Write one verse at a time on a card and prop it up at the sink or table where you will see it regularly.
- Begin with a verse that applies to a specific need you may presently have. Pray over it, meditate on it, ask God to help you apply it to your life. The more you do this, the more familiar you will become with the words.
- Don’t bite off more than you can chew! At first, try to pick a verse that isn’t too long.
- Find a partner who will share in your goal and keep each other accountable.
Anticipate blessings in your life as you practice memorizing and claiming the Word of God! I look forward to hearing what happens.
Do you have another effective tip for memorizing? Please tell me about it.