Sunday, September 3, 2017

    Scripture memory is essential to spiritual growth. From the Psalmist pleading to hide the Word in our hearts to the New Testament urging us to study to show ourselves approved unto God, scripture memory is imperative. There are many reasons why we do not commit the words of scripture to memory. Busy schedules, lazy minds, and misplaced priorities are but a few. Some feel overwhelmed when they look at the many verses contained in scripture that hold truths worthy of memorization. For those who have never made a conscious effort to memorize verses, let me give you a foolproof, easy method.

    Choose a passage to work from and become familiar with the total context. Select a section of verses, one to six in number, to memorize. Copy these verses on a 3 x 5 card with the reference (book, chapter, verse) on the back. Keep these cards with you for an entire week reading and re-reading the verses. After three days of reading the verses, make a conscious effort to memorize each verse. Get someone to check your success. Select a new section each week but review the old verse cards daily.

    I know from experience that this plan can net good results. Just think, memorizing two verses per week would add up to more than 100 verses each year or 1,000 verses in a ten year period.

    Hiding God's Word in your heart will allow you to begin the wonderful art of scriptural meditation. Some passages are a must: Isaiah 53:1-6; Luke 2:1-20; John 14:1-6; Philippians 2:5-11; Romans 8:28-39; Matthew 6:31-34; Romans 12:1-2; Hebrews 12:1-2; Corinthians 13; and 1 Peter 5:6-10. Remember to include the Psalms: Psalm 1, 8, and 19, 100, 117 -- just to list a few.

    I am confident that once you have developped a plan and begin to see results, you will be delighted! Begin today!