From the very beginning, Cuyahoga Valley Church has encouraged Bible memorization as an important tool for living new and growing spiritually. As we fill our minds with Living Truth, we will be more and more equipped to live new. The Psalmist wrote, “I have stored up Your word in my heart that I might not sin against You” (Psalm 119:11).
Memorizing scripture can be one of the most fundamental and life-changing disciplines in a believer’s spiritual development. Memorizing Scripture makes God's Word available for the Holy Spirit to bring to our minds just when we need it. It is a great source of comfort and encouragement. It provides us with guidance. It helps us overcome temptations. It gives us fuel for our prayer lives. It prepares us for unexpected opportunities to live missionally as we share our faith with others.
You will be amazed at how the Lord uses what you've memorized. If you will fill your mind with God’s Word, you will see His Word penetrate your heart and show up in your actions. You will mature as a Christian if you will commit to put Bible verses to memory.
How to Memorize Scripture
1. Spend a few moments in prayer asking God for insight into the verse and the ability to memorize it before seeking to learn the new verse.
2. Read the context surrounding each verse you memorize to gain a more clear understanding of the verse.
3. Write the verse in a scripture memory notebook or on a 3x5 card. It’s helpful to include the topic and reference before and after the verse. Writing the verse out deepens the impression in your mind.
4. Read the verse through several times. Each time you read it, say the topic, reference, verse, and then the reference again.
5. After learning the topic and reference, learn the first phrase of the verse. Once you have learned the topic, reference, and the first phrase and have repeated them several times, continue adding more phrases after you can quote correctly what you have already learned.
6. Think about how the verse applies to you and your daily circumstances.
7. Use the verse as you talk with God in prayer and continue to seek His help for success in Scripture memory.
8. Find a friend to check you on the verse. Better yet, memorize the verse together.
9. Review the verse immediately after learning it and repeat it frequently in the next few days. Repetition is the best way to engrave the verses on your memory.
Remember, memorization is like exercise. The more you do it, the easier it gets; the less you do the harder it gets.
Question: How has scripture memory helped you grow as a believer?