When I say the words "memorize Bible scriptures", what comes to your mind?
Some of you may be groaning right now because you think about growing up in Sunday School with flannel graphs. Or maybe you have had bad experiences trying to memorize in the past. Maybe you tried to memorize something for a school play and were embarrassed because you messed up in front of a huge audience.
Well, whatever your experience has been, I want to challenge you today to think differently about why it's important to memorize Bible scriptures and how it impacts your true beauty.
There is a real battle of good versus evil that you and I face each day. The Bible says we are the Bride of Christ and therefore, I like to think of myself as a "Warrior Princess"!
Now, that sounds adventurous and exciting, doesn't it? There's a great picture here of a bride with her sword and shield that illustrates my point.
So, as a Warrior Princess, think of your sword, your only offensive weapon against our enemy Satan, as the Word of God (Ephesians 6:17 - "...the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God."). Have you practiced using it lately? Do you know it well?
I know for me, I have felt convicted lately that I am not very prepared for that battle I face each day in the spiritual world. As I recently started making an effort to memorize God's word, I noticed that those scriptures would come to my mind just at the time I needed them.
I think of memorizing God's Word kind of like "fencing practice." The only way you get better at it and become more prepared for the real battle is to practice. That's a picture of what we're doing when we memorize God's Word.
Girls, we're getting prepared for the battle!
Maybe before you dive into memorizing scripture you need to settle this question... Can I Trust the Bible as Truth?
It is amazing what our brains are able to do when we challenge them. Here is a cute video of a small child who memorized Psalm 23. If she can do it, we can too!
The best thing to do is choose verses that relate to what you're going through right now. That's what I do. Then, I'm more motivated to memorize them.
So, if I'm feeling fearful, I memorize verses about fear and trust. If I'm feeling overwhelmed, I memorize verses about God's power to help me. You can use a concordance to look up verses for just about any topic!
Surround yourself with a great cloud of witnesses & join a group of other women memorizing Scriptures. Heather joins Beth Moore's Siesta Scripture Memory group every other year, but there are also other groups online, or you can form one locally.
Most people recommend trying to memorize one scripture every one to two weeks. Anything more than that can burn you out, or can make it difficult to form lasting results.
Chuck Swindoll wrote, “I know of no other single practice in the Christian life more rewarding, practically speaking, than memorizing Scripture... No other single exercise pays greater spiritual dividends! Your prayer life will be strengthened. Your witnessing will be sharper and much more effective. Your attitudes and outlook will begin to change. Your mind will become alert and observant. Your confidence and assurance will be enhanced. Your faith will be solidified” (Growing Strong in the Seasons of Life [Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1994], p. 61).
Billy Graham said, "I am convinced one of the greatest things we can do is to memorize scripture" [Personal Thoughts of a Public Man, p.88].
There are many reasons to memorize Bible scriptures, but I want to focus on just one.
If for no other reason, think about this... the way Jesus overcame Satan's temptations in the desert was by quoting scriptures (Matthew 4:1-11). If Jesus used scriptures to overcome temptation, maybe we should too.
Psalm 119:9,10 says, "How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word... I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you."
Ephesians 6:17 talks about "the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God" as our only offensive weapon against our enemy.
Adolf Hitler knew the power of music. He said that if you give him the music of the youth of any culture, that he would have that culture in the palm of his hand. His tactic was to change the words of popular anthems to get his political themes into the minds of the young people.
And it worked.
Music can also be used to get God's Word into your mind. Here are a few places you can download songs set to scripture for free!
Have you ever realized that a picture will help you remember something better? They say some people are visual learners, some are auditory learners and some are both.
What I've begun to begin to picture the verses I want to memorize in my mind. I recently did this with Psalm 91:4 that says, "He will cover you with his feather, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart."
I visualized a shield of protection around me. A wall around me where I am safe from harm. I could picture this as an umbrella when it is raining.
What I do then, is find a picture on places like Flickr.com (I do an advanced search for pictures that can be used commercially and adapted upon) and put the scripture on it. This way I can print it out and put it in a place I'll see it everyday.
Here's my example:
Prefer to use an app on your phone? Then check these options out...
For iPhones: MobilizeFaith.com
For Android Phones: Remember Me - Can be downloaded for free in the Android Market. This is the one I use on my phone and it works great!
I found a great software that I have used to memorize verses. It uses a picture to help you remember the beginning of the verse and then a great review system to help you not forget the ones you've already memorized. Definitely worth the $20 bucks they charge for it!! There is also free software out there, but I found this one to be the best and is working well for me.
You memorize just one verse each week. So, by the end of the year, you'll have 52 verses memorized and ready at any time to be used in the battle! You will be prepared!
If we can memorize the lyrics to thousands of songs, we definitely can memorize scripture.
And remember, God is able to help you understand His Word and apply it to your life. Luke 24:45 "Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures."
If you take the challenge to memorize bible scriptures, I guarantee you won't regret it! It has changed my life.
Shelley has a heart for teen girls that began from her own journey of finding her true beauty in Christ. She is currently serving God by helping other Christians learn to let their light shine.
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