Memorized Scripture
Eighth Lesson

In this lesson we'll explore the value of memorized Scripture.  Long Term Repeated Review And Use will work.  For the next 100 days, spend  a few minutes every day with focused intensity reviewing a verse and you will be on your way to learning that verse for life.

The process will work but there is a BIG IF.  The process will work IF you work. There is no shortcut.  There is no magic system.  There is only daily review of one verse for a long time. 

That means one of the most important things I can give you are some reasons to keep reviewing.

Reasons to Review

1. Memorized Scripture is a gift you can give over and over.

Here’s one example of what I mean.  Proverbs 3:5-6 is a powerful verse.

Proverbs 3:5-6

Learn this verse for life and in a hundred different situations you will be able to give this verse as a gift to someone who really, really needs its wisdom.

It might be your child, whether they’re 15 or 30, who's facing a challenging decision.  Or your dear friend who doesn’t see any way forward.  Or someone you’ve just met who is wrestling with a confusing situation.  You learn the verse for life and it’s in your mind, ready to be given as a gift to someone who needs it.

2.  In ministry you need a Bible, and you need to know where in the Bible to turn.

When the moment of crisis or opportunity appears you might have your Bible in your hand but still not know where to turn.  If you haven't committed to memory the right information how will you know how to quickly find the help needed? 

They say: 

“I'm so confused and upset and scared.  I don't know where to turn.”

You say: 

“Well the Bible says something about prayer and faith and God  helping.”

They say:

“Show me.”

You say:

“Uhhhh....Give me a few minutes.  I’m sure I can find something.”

Wouldn't it be better to be able to say,

“You know, Isaiah 41:10 is a great verse that might help you.  Let me share that verse with you and I'll write down the reference and you can look it up when you get home and read it over several times during the next few days.”

3. Because Memorized Scripture is a defense against despair.

There will come a time for you when life falls apart.   There will be a diagnosis.  A tragedy.  A failure. A relationship that implodes.   It might be financial, physical, or a  natural disaster.  Days, months, even years of despair and depression can follow. 

Intense feelings of depression and despair come when our thoughts are dominated by the immensity of our problems, challenges, and pain. 

There is a way out and a way forward.

It starts when you challenge the thoughts of hopelessness and work to replace them with thoughts of the power and faithfulness of God.  Romans 12:12 says “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”   

Give special attention to the first phrase.  Your emotional state becomes positive when your mind has reasons for hope.   Your reason for hope comes from God’s promises in Scripture.

Romans 8:28

 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

Philippians 4:19

“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”

Psalm 23:1

“The Lord is my Shepherd.  I shall not want.”

When these verses, and others like them are memorized and available and in your mind, then you have weapons with which to fight against despair.  

There is a constant conversation going on in your head.  At times the loudest, most convincing voice is the voice of doubt, fear, despair, and hopelessness. 

You might find yourself with nothing to say when the voice of despair begins to hammer away at you.   The conversation can go like this:

The voice of despair:  

"It’s all over now.  This is the worst possible situation.  There’s no hope."

You:  "_____." 

The voice of despair:  

"You might as well quit.  You are a failure and your life is a disaster."

You:  "_____."

But if you have memorized Scripture ready,
the conversation can be different.

The voice of despair:  

"It’s all over now.  This is the worst possible situation.  There’s no hope."


"It may feel that way right now but Scripture says" “And we know that in all things God works for the good . . .” (Romans 8:28)

The voice of despair:  

"You might as well quit.  You are a failure and your life is a disaster."


"That’s not true.  If I confess my sin, God is faithful and just and will forgive my sin and cleanse me from all unrighteousness.”  (I John 1:9).

When you speak the truth to yourself something happens.  When you come against the lies with the truth your emotional state begins to change.  Shift your thoughts toward hope and you will find yourself re-energized.

The author of Psalm 42:5-6s  understood this!

Why are you cast down,

O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me?

Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,

    my salvation and my God.

Psalm 42:5-6a

Memorized Scripture gives you reason to hope. 

Hope lifts you out of despair!

We pray this lesson on memorized Scripture has blessed you.

This lesson was written by Clark Palmer

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