I came across a site that helps you memorize Bible verses and thought I would link to it while re-running this post. Check it out!
Memorizing verses may sound like an endeavor just for young children, but it is valuable for us all. It helps us know God’s Word better, counter temptation, have ready answers, and more. How did Jesus respond to Satan’s temptations? With scripture.
I used to think I couldn’t memorize scriptures, but I finally realized I just wasn’t trying very hard. Here are some tips:
- Try to memorize 1-2 verses per week.
- Use them!
- Meditate on the meaning of the verses (be sure to understand their context from the passages around them).
- Find verses that have special meaning to you.
- Be sure to refresh yourself now and then or you’ll forget them.
- Try the Topical Memory System. It includes little cards with verses on them.
Methods – pick the one that works for you (or more than one)
- Write them out several times
- Record them and listen to them in your car or elsewhere
- Read one every time you get in the car (or before bed, etc.)
What worked best for me was when I recorded them as individual .mp3 files then listened to them over and over when driving, mowing the lawn, jogging, etc. I would listen to one several times then repeat it. After doing this for a few days I had it memorized.
It is useful to know the chapter and verse, but it is much less important than knowing the scripture itself. The chapters and verses weren’t added until hundreds of years after the Bible was finished. Jesus, Paul and others frequently quoted the Old Testament without referring to which book it came from.
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