by Kevin Burton
Remember taping favorite songs and programs from the radio?
In the old days we didn’t have websites where you could look up practically anything. I taped a lot of songs back then.
Later I began taping programs from favorite radio ministries. I still have a handful of those tapes. Recently I felt led to listen to some of them.
The first tape I listened to contained four messages on the subject of thankfulness by John McArthur of the Grace To You ministry. If I needed to hear that back in the day, I really need it now.
The first thing I noticed was that he mentioned at least five of my memory verses in the first half-hour talk. It was as if he had gotten hold of my index cards and strung together a sermon based on them.
Then I picked up “God’s Promises” a book that a friend sent me back when I lived in Alaska. The bookmark happened to be in the section on finding God’s will. Five of those verses were memory verses.
The birthday card I just got from my mother contained a memory verse.
They are everywhere! It’s rare I hear a sermon that doesn’t contain at least one memory verse.
Twice on Page 7 I have written about memorizing scripture (“Many Reasons To Memorize Bible Verses,” Jan. 22. 2021 and “Tips For How To Memorize Scripture,” Jan. 29, 2021).
When I wrote those posts. I had four sets of eleven verses I was trying to memorize. Now I am up to 14 sets.
Bible memorization is not exactly a favorite topic of most Christians. But if you will make the effort to get started, just a few steps down memory lane with God, I can tell you from personal experience you will not be sorry.
You may make a little more or a little less progress than I have. Whatever you do is bringing you closer to God and bringing to your heart the loving words He spoke for your benefit, years before you were born.
And don’t beat yourself up if you forget something or other. This very day I could not recall one of the passage I have been reciting for more than a year.
Now let’s hear from our friends at www.gotquestions.org.
“Bible memorization is of utmost importance in the Christian life. In fact, memorizing scripture is perhaps the single most crucial element to spiritual growth and victory over sin,” reads a passage on the website.
“The Word of God is powerful because it is literally “God-breathed” from the mind of the Holy Spirit (2 Tim. 3:16-17). When we fill our minds with His words by memorizing Scripture, we avail ourselves of the most powerful spiritual tool there is.”
“When we memorize the Word of God, several things happen. Psalm 119:11 tells us the psalmist hid God’s Word in his heart so that he would not sin against Him. Not only did he hear and read the Word, but he internalized it and laid it up in his mind and memory for future use,” the passage reads.
“The Word of God is the believer’s only truly potent weapon against sin, and when placed in the mind through Bible memorization, it is a strong influence for godliness and righteous living.”
“Hebrews 4:12 tells us the Word of God is “living and active,” meaning that it has supernatural power to mold us into Christ-likeness when we meditate upon it, and there is no better way to meditate on the Word than to have it in our minds and memories,” the passage reads.
“Ephesians 6:13-17 describes the believer’s armor in the battle for our souls and spiritual survival. All of the elements of the armor are defensive except one. The only offensive weapon is the “sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (v. 17).”
“Just as Jesus used God’s Word to fend off attacks of Satan (Matthew 4:1-11), so must we be able to use the same weapon. But rarely does Satan give us time to look up the correct passages when we are confronted with his lies and deception. Bible memorization ensures that we will have the appropriate truths and principles in mind and be able to recall them instantly to effectively respond to the evil one who seeks to destroy us (1 Peter 5:8).
“Romans 12:1-2 exhorts us to “renew” our minds so that we are no longer influenced by the thinking that conforms us to this world. The only way to renew the mind is to fill it with scripture.”
“Memorizing Scripture is the privilege and responsibility of every Christian. There are several excellent Scripture memory systems available, including the Navigators Topical Memory System. Even without a specific published method, anyone can start with the key verses of the Christian faith—such as John 3:16 and Ephesians 2:8-9—and continue to build verse upon verse.”
“The key is to continually review the ones already memorized before adding any new ones. Whatever method is chosen, the benefits of Bible memorization are victory over sin, strengthened faith, and joy in the Christian life.”