No one accidentally succeeds at Bible memorization. No one suddenly wakes up one morning able to quote powerful and helpful verses from God’s Word. But with the right tools and the right process, before long you will be able to do just that.
In the last lesson you saw that if you want to learn how to memorize Scripture, you must understand the power of Long Term, Repeated Use & Review. In this lesson you'll learn one of the keys to putting this principle to work. Here it is: In order to make the most of the principle of Long Term, Repeated Use & Review you must establish a Bible Memorization Routine.
Here’s exactly how to do that:
Pick a time and a place that fits in with your daily schedule. Choose a place where you’ll be everyday. It needs to be a time when you won’t be distracted.
One factor that should influence your choice of location is this: It needs to be a place where you can display your target verse and reference in a PROMINENT location. When your daily round of activities brings you to the place you’ve picked to memorize and review your target verse, you should be able to easily and instantly see your verse.
It can be taped to the wall or written on a “white board” or hanging from the ceiling! When you reach that spot, your verse needs to be placed where you can’t miss it!
Then you'll be reminded to immediately start the process of memorizing and reviewing. If you write your target verse on a card and that card is lying flat on a table, you can miss it easily. And then something gets stacked on top of it and before you realize it, three days have gone by and you’ve not done any review!
You may decide that your best time to memorize Scripture is just before breakfast. You may decide that the kitchen table is the place where you’ll do your work. Or you may decide that your lunch break is the time and the snack room at work is the place. Or perhaps it'll be after everyone else leaves the house for the day and your favorite chair is your place.
Once you've decided then you must make up your mind that as soon as you reach that place and time you will begin the process. This is where many who have the best intentions meet failure. There is an “effort” barrier that you have to break through.
Some of the hardest work we do involves using our minds to think and to focus. There's a part of you that will beg you to skip the effort just today. Your mind will produce some excellent excuses to help you justify avoiding the mental effort of recalling and reviewing your verse.
YOU MUST NOT GIVE IN TO THESE.
There's a reason we call this the “discipline” of Scripture Memory. There will be many days when you have to discipline yourself to do this. You'll have to force your mind to cooperate! The more you develop the habit, the easier it will be to automatically start reviewing your verses.
And the great news is this: You will not be wasting your time. In fact, you'll be investing your time in a life-strengthening and faith-deepening exercise.
The process of Scripture Memory is as important as the goal of Scripture Memory.
There’s a fourth step. Pray very specifically for God to help you be successful in your Scripture Memory efforts. Here's some things you might ask God for:
The goal is to learn verses of Scripture so well that you remember them the rest of your life.
The process of Scripture Memory involves the Long Term, Repeated Review & Use of the verses. Here’s some great news. An important thing happens while the process is going on:
As the words of your target verse cycle through your mind, you have the chance to reflect on exactly what is being said. Part of memorizing is noticing every exact detail of the verse. As your mind focuses on these details, the truth of the verse will begin to affect the way you think. Over time, God’s viewpoint will become your view point.
You don’t have to wait for years or even weeks before you begin to see the benefits of working to memorize your verses. On the very first day you’ll start to draw insight and encouragement from the portion of God’s truth you’re memorizing.
As the verse repeatedly runs through your mind you'll draw guidance and understanding from it. You’ll find your faith strengthened. Wrong attitudes which may have slipped into your heart will be corrected.
As you practice your Bible Memorization Routine you’ll be meditating and meditating on God’s Word. This is a glorious and good thing!!
So far we've said:
If you want the principle of Long Term, Repeated Review & Use to work,
you must establish a Bible Memorization Routine. So,
Remember: It’s better to learn one verse of Scripture that you remember the rest of your life than ten verses that are forgotten in a week.
We pray this Bible Memorization Lesson has blessed you.
This lesson was prepared by Clark Palmer.