Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Memorizing Scripture


Bible Study Skills – Memorizing Scripture

Top 7 Ways to Memorize God’s Word. There are many methods for memorizing scripture, and we all learn differently so some ways may work better for us than others.

Pray ~ Ask God where to start.  Is there an area you are feeling particularly weak? Maybe you’re weak in your faith and God led you here. I have been there. I have prayed for faith the size of a mustard seed. Seek God’s guidance to strengthen you through His Word.

Read ~ Read the verses in their context.  Having an understanding of what the actually means helps tremendously with our ability to retain and remember. (Check out the "Digger Deeper" post - see link below.)

Write it out ~ Writing the verse in your journal, on note cards or wherever is an effective way to remember Scripture. {Cool & worth noting: There is scientific research showing how writing something down with actual pen and paper helps us retain what we are trying to remember, far better than typing it out.  It triggers our tactile senses, giving us more of a relational, personal experience.}

Say it aloud ~ Whether you are reading it, repeating it, praying, it, singing it or sharing it, speak the truth out loud. If faith comes from hearing the Word of God, let’s speak it out loud and let those words connect with our hearts. Lord, give us ears to hear.

Romans 10:9 says, “If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” (NIV)

If you can only remember one verse, let it be this one, and trust God with the rest.

Meditate on it ~ Think on God’s Word. Let’s take time to let the verses soak into our minds and hearts. Psalm 119 is the longest chapter in the Bible; it is also one of the most beautiful.  The Psalmist spent time reflecting on God’s Word and what it meant to him.


Visualize ~ Sometimes having a picture helps me wrap my mind around the Scripture I’m trying to memorize.




Make It Interactive ~ There are fun, interactive ways to memorize God’s Word.  Like apps for your phone such as Scripture Typer; YouVersion’s app now allows you insert scripture into pictures and share on Social Media. So let’s get interactive!!! on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest & Twitter — and share God’s Word! Discussing God’s Word with family and friends can also help us live out Deuteronomy 6:7 “Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” (NIV)
 
I find it so much easier to memorize Scripture when I have personalized it in my heart before I try to commit it to memory.  When I allow the truth of God’s Word to change me on the inside, it isn’t something I can easily forget.  I may stumble around in the desert, but I BELIEVE that I am not deserted!
Share with us how you personalize scripture as part of your personal Bible Study-time. I can't wait to hear your ideas. We learn from each other, so share!!!


Check out Digging Deeper


Blessings,

  

Cheryl

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