Many have found that your Bible memory regarding the reference to a verse is the hardest part of memorizing Scripture. They may learn the verse itself but soon find they are unable to recall where the verse is found.
One strategy to help lock the reference into your memory bank is to us the Reference, Verse, Reference Pattern. As you learn and review your verse, always, every time, without exception, repeat the reference and then repeat the verse, then repeat the reference again.
Using this pattern is a simple and effective way to double the number of times you review the reference. After you’ve reviewed the verse ten times, you’ve reviewed the reference twenty times. And after you’ve reviewed the verse 1,000 times you’ve reviewed the reference 2,000 times!!
It only takes seconds to repeat the reference. Here's what it looks like, "John 15:5, I am the vine, you are the branches. If a man abides in Me and I in him he will bear much fruit. Apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:5." This is a simple and easy way to make great progress toward remembering the reference. Make up your mind that learning the reference will be part of your goal.
One of the great joys of life is being able to give encouraging and wise counsel to others. At some time, possibly many times, someone will come to you with a problem. Perhaps they are worried and afraid. It is one thing to be able to say, “The Bible says we shouldn’t be anxious but pray.” That is true and helpful counsel.
But, wouldn’t it be better and more powerful if you were to able to quote the verse and with confidence recall the reference? Then you could say, “I know how you feel and here’s a verse from the Bible that can help you. It’s found in Philippians 4:6-7 and it says
“ Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
You may be in a situation where it’s not the time or place to quote the passage. If you know the reference to a helpful verse you can make a note for them or send them a text message and they can look it up. Then, because they have the reference, they can return to it again and again.
You never know when you will find yourself in the moment of crisis or opportunity. Someone will suddenly be faced with a challenge or tragedy. You can provide a timely and helpful word because you’ve memorized Scripture AND the reference. You may find that you’ve been positioned by God to speak a word of instruction to someone. In that moment of opportunity you’ll be glad you know both the verse and where it can be found.
II Timothy 3:16-17 says this, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” It is the Word of God that is our best tool for helping.
Memorize the verse AND memorize the reference to improve your Bible memory.
ALWAYS use The
Reference, Verse, Reference Pattern