Tips for Helping You to Memorize God’s Word!
In Part 1 of this devotional series on the importance of hiding God’s word in your heart, I spoke about my own struggles and desire to begin the process of memorizing passages of scripture. A few weeks later, I must admit that I’m still struggling and come to places of stopping and starting so it has been a process for me over the past few months since committing to do more in that area for 2016.
One thing that I have found to help me is to write out the verses in a few different versions on index cards in a flip book. This helps me to not only start to memorize the bible scripture, but also to understand it better from seeing it stated in a variety of preferred translations. I personally chose just one of the translations to memorize though so as not to confuse myself instead of help myself.
I also found really neat plastic covered index card flip books at the local Dollar General for around a couple dollars each. These little flip books also have tabbed sections to categorize topics or however you’d like to break the scripture up. I used topic categories like actions, thoughts, wisdom, love, etc., to help me more quickly find verses on those days that I’m struggling and need to read God’s word aloud or simply have it on hand – my safety net for sure some days! I carry my flip book in my purse most of the time now. As you can see in the photo below, I also take advantage of solitary moments like at the gym to go over verses for memorizing and encouragement.
What can you do to learn the scriptures?
BE PURPOSEFUL – TAKE TIME: whether it is a weekly bible study at your church, a morning routine, a read-through the bible plan or chapter plan, pick something! Make purposeful plans to stick to it. The more you seek the more you’ll want to!
BE ACCOUNTABLE – INCLUDE OTHERS: maybe it is to your Sunday morning or Wednesday evening class group or maybe it is to a ladies bible study like myself or a close friend or sister. Whatever you do, make it a point to talk about the scriptures to other weekly if not daily. We all need accountability and consistency. I currently facilitate a ladies bible study in my area and this has truly helped me to step up my game personally and learn more.
BE DEDICATED – TO GOD, NOT MAN: realize why you are absorbing God’s word. It isn’t for the academic recognition to rattle off eloquent scriptures (well, at least, I don’t think I’ll ever quite get there). No, it is for you to combat the daily wiles of the devil who comes at us at every angle like a roaring lion on the prowel (1 Peter 5:8 ESV @BibleHub). Absorb God’s word so that when you are in the trenches, you aren’t gobbled up, but rather you have God’s word hidden in your heart for the holy spirit to use in you.
BE FORGIVING – OF YOURSELF: didn’t quite get all your goal read this week? Don’t guilt yourself out of picking back up tomorrow or next week! Guilt is not of God and don’t you dare let Satan use that as a way for you to not get to know God’s nature and be less of you and more of him. You fall away from your study for a day, a week, a month, a year…today is a new day. Pick up the word of God and keep picking it up! Forgive yourself.
BE AN ADVOCATE – REFLECT GOD’S NATURE: make sure your words and actions are reflecting the nature of God each day by learning about who he is, how he would react, how he loves you & others and what he expects of us in becoming more like Him. The ONLY way to do that is to learn and understand God’s word consistently.
And, please take those tips above from the perspective of a newbie at this process who is seeking guidance and learning as I go. “Hiding God’s Word in your heart” is certainly a compilation of little moments rather than like one big academic exam that you study for, pour your brain into and then let out a sigh of relief and forget (did anyone else have those moments over and over in high school or college? or was it just me?!?). I was actually quite good at that process and had the high marks to prove it. No, memorizing bible scriptures takes much more thoughtful effort, self examination and consistent time dedication. That’s a whole new road for me and one that has a lot of hills and valleys, but my goal is to just keep on traveling, and I hope that is your goal too!
Stay tuned for a follow-up post Part 3 in the near future when I will give you a bit of physical help in the form of a surprise free printable to help in your scripture memorization. If you are reading this and haven’t accepted Jesus as your Savior, I urge you to take that first step immediately and do so. If you are a brother or sister in Christ reading this, I hope it touches your heart and inspires you to read, understand, and even memorize scriptures to hide God’s word in your heart on a regular basis – storing it up to overflow in those moments when you need Him most.
Until next time,
Managing Editor at Indoor Outdoor Space