How to Memorize Scripture
Fifth Lesson

How to Memorize Scripture?  In this lesson I want to explain a wonderfully encouraging and helpful technique that you can use to memorize Scripture.  Part of learning how to memorize Scripture is learning useful strategies that can work for you.  Here is Principle #5:

Here is Principle #5 for How to Memorize Scripture:

Use the 60 Second Secret: 1 Minute of Focused Daily Effort

An occasional, now and then, casual effort will NOT get the job done when it comes to memorizing Scripture! 

It’s a great start but you'll still have to engage your mind in the effort.  The verses won’t work their way into your mind as you walk by them.  There's no system or strategy for memorizing Scripture that'll eliminate all the effort.  You still have to strain your brain at some point.

There's no short cut or quick fix when it comes to memorizing Scripture. There's no getting around or away from the simple fact that at some point you are going to have engage your mental muscles and do some work. 

One reason many people avoid Scripture memorization is because they want to avoid making their minds work. Thinking is some of the hardest work we do. 

At some point you'll have to zero-in mentally on this task and put your mind to  work.  Our brains enjoy not working but we're going to have to pull rank and force them to concentrate.

The good news is that the amount of mental energy you have to expend is not overwhelming.  In fact, a small quantity of intense mental activity will get the job done.

That's why I call it the Sixty Second Secret.  The Secret is nothing more than one minute of focused, concentrated mental effort.

The Sixty Second Secret= One minute of focused, concentrated mental effort.

One of the keys to your success in learning how to memorize scripture and to “Learn It For Life” will be a relatively short, intense, burst of mental effort.

So what exactly is this “one minute of focused, concentrated mental effort?”  It starts with a promise or commitment you make to yourself. The promise is this:

“As soon as I reach the appointed time and place, at THAT moment I will turn all the powers and energy of mind to the task of reviewing and repeating the verse I'm working on for at least the next sixty seconds.”

When you walk into your office or your living room or wherever and see the verse in its prominent place, at that exact moment, bring your mind to full alert.  Flip the switch that activates your brain cells and begin to review the verse.

Shut out all distracting thoughts.  Go to work on your verse, repeating and reviewing it in your mind for the entire Sixty Seconds.

Heart Shape

Remember - Always use the Reference, Verse, Reference Pattern.

You'll be amazed at how many times you can repeat/review the verse and the reference during that one minute of effort. Don't pause between repetitions but repeat the verse and reference over and over.

You can get the feel of this right now. Get your watch out and start reading the following verse out loud. Count the number of times you can say it in 60 seconds.

John 15:5  I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me, and I in him; he will bear much fruit; apart from  me you can do nothing. John 15:5

You may have been able to read or quote this verse ten times in those sixty seconds.  If you can do that twice a day, you’ll have reviewed the verse TWENTY times!  In five days that’s 100 times.   In 30 days that will be 600 times!

Stay committed to the task every day for the full minute and you'll be on your way to Long Term Repeated Use which will enable you to “Learn It For Life.” Repeat the process everyday for a year and you'll see serious progress being made. You'll be proud of yourself and you'll be glad for every day that you've made use of the “Sixty Second Secret.”

I’m not saying you should only do Sixty Seconds of intense effort.  I’m saying you should do at least Sixty Seconds.  The longer you stay focused and the more times you repeat the verse the better!

The big challenge you'll face as you learn how to memorize scripture with this technique will be to tune out that little voice inside of you that says, “you deserve a break this morning” or “you're too tired right now,” or “you're in too big of a hurry today.”

The challenge will be to leave your comfort zone of mental ease and turn on the intense mental effort.

That's why you have to make a commitment to yourself about this. You'll need to adopt the Sixty Second Secret as your own policy. It needs to be your Standard Operating Procedure.

We are creatures of habit. If you can do this for a number of days in a row, it will become a part of your routine. But, if you slip the reverse can happen as well. You can get in the habit of excusing yourself from the effort.  DON'T LET THAT HAPPEN!!

If you do give yourself a day off, start back again immediately the next day.

Nothing worthwhile is ever accomplished without effort.


We pray this lesson on how to memorize Scripture has helped you.

This lesson was written by Clark Palmer.

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