Do you take the time to memorize verses? I do and I think it is very important for every Christian. What happens when we are faced with a difficult situation? What comes to mind? Is it anger, fear, or peace?
Do you snap at someone in your family when they make a mistake? Do you rush to judgement in your mind about others? Do you feel the need to comment negatively to them? Do you yell, scream, or become physical with those you disagree with or believe have wronged you?
Are you infallible and perfect? I can tell you with surety that we all make mistakes, lose our tempers, rush to judgement, and disappoint God By doing so. How do I fight that battle you ask?
I believe we do it by slowly and methodically changing our mindset. The most powerful thing we can do is to read God’s glorious word. He gave it to us to lead us in every situation we encounter.
Psalm 1:1-2 1Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. 2But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
Memorizing scripture is not easy or quick, and in today’s world we are in a hurry all the time. Take the time to meditate properly in God’s word and start memorizing scripture. That way when those situations come up the first thing that will pop into your head is scripture. It works! I am a testament to that and the more you are in God’s word the more it will happen.
2 Timothy 2:15 says “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
I pray today that whoever reads this will be convicted to start memorizing scripture!
Here’s the method that works for me.
- Pick a verse. This seems laughable but to some this is difficult. 2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: Don’t worry about picking the right one, just pick one.
- Write the verse down on anything. A sticky note, a piece of paper, colored stationery, ANYTHING.
- Read through it 5 times silently.
- Read it aloud once or twice saying the book and verse number before and after. The chapter and verse numbers are the most difficult for me.
- Now do step 3 and 4 multiple times daily until it’s memorized.
Keep the papers if you’d like. I do not but some love doing this. Just imagine if you did this for one month and had 5 or even 10 papers at the end!
If you will get in the word and stay there you will do this naturally also. I find that I can remember the words and recite them almost verbatim of certain passages I’ve read the most.
I hope that this is a blessing to you today! By the grace of God I am saved, hallelujah!