30 Aug SCRIPTURE MEMORY – DON’T I HAVE ENOUGH STUFF TO REMEMBER?
If you’re anything like me, when you think about memorizing something your mind might go straight back to your days in school when teachers forced you to memorize all sorts of stuff you had no desire to actually remember. Memorization seems like a chore – not something you would actually choose to do as an adult with free will!!
It wasn’t until a few years ago, when I took a class at my church called Equipped Disciple, that I truly began to love and see the benefit of Scripture Memory. It was in this class that I was introduced to the Navigator’s Topical Memory System (TMS). The TMS is a packet of memory verses broken into simple subjects. Each verse is categorized and labeled with a topic; for example, the topic title for Romans 12:1 is “Obedience to Christ.” This greatly helps you recall the overall theme of what the verse is about. Having each verse tied to a basic truth helped me access that verse in my brain when I came across a situation or conversation where I needed specific Biblical guidance. Having an attainable goal with Scripture Memory, and one where I could see the benefit of what I was memorizing, empowered me, and actually really excited me!
In Joshua 1:8, before Joshua leads the Israelites into the Promised Land, God says to him, “This book of instruction must not depart from your mouth; you are to meditate on it day and night so that you may carefully observe everything written in it. For then you will prosper and succeed in whatever you do.” David writes in Psalm 119:11, “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”
As I added more verses to my memory bank, I began to realize that having God’s Word hidden in my heart so that I could recall a verse to mind when I needed it, was the best armor I could have in my daily life as a believer.
The Bible is filled with reasons to memorize Scripture. We are called to do it (Colossians 3:16), it renews our mind and transforms our lives (Romans 12:2), it helps us live in obedience (Psalm 119:9), it helps us encourage others (1 Peter 3:15), it teaches, rebukes, corrects, and trains us in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16-17)…and I could go on and on!
I’ve found that having some sort of accountability with Scripture Memory is the best way for me to be successful in accomplishing my goals. Recently, the girls in my community group have chosen to memorize scripture together. We rotate choosing a verse based on areas where we might be struggling or need guidance and then we all make a goal to have the verse memorized by a certain date. Knowing that we are all in it together helps me to stay committed!
Some other helpful methods that have helped me are writing and rewriting the verse in my journal or on random scraps of paper when I have a free moment, or using an app called “Scripture Typer.” I have also found that recording myself saying a passage one verse at a time using the “voice memos” feature in my phone and then listening to and repeating the verse when I’m in the car or on a walk, has helped me immensely in tackling longer verses…It sounds a little silly, but it really works!
My prayer for you is that the idea of Scripture Memory wouldn’t seem like a chore, or an item to check off your Christian to-do list; but that instead it becomes something that draws you closer to the Lord and brings you joy and satisfaction in your walk with Him here on Earth!