How to Memorize Scripture

Chapter 6  Table of Contents

The Challenge

Are you convinced that the memorization of Scripture should be an important part of the life of a Christian?  I hope that I have convinced you. If I have, then my challenge to you is this: Don't just get up, walk away and forget about it. Do something about it. Resolve to start your scripture memory program today!

Keep it together

Most Christians have no trouble believing that Bible is the very the word of God. Most will realize very quickly the value of Scripture memorization. Many would think that it is something that they should do. Too few Christians will take the initiative to get started. Most quit after a short time for one reason or another.

Whatever you do, don't quit and don't let it slip away. Make sure that the commitment you make lasts. Remember, it is not good enough to be determined not to let your efforts fade out. Emotions and determination will fail you unless backed up by a good routine.

A good routine is something which is self-correcting. It reminds you of your original intentions and points you back to them whenever you start to stray.

You will have to honestly give yourself over to the task of knowing and obeying his word. Without obedience your scripture memory program is nothing.

When designing your scripture memory program, follow all the suggestions given in this book and adapt them to your own needs.

Make sure that you find someone else to work with who shares your goals.

Some people tell us that God should be the highest priority in our lives. This cannot be! How can you assign God a priority? He is not something we can compare with other things and assign a value to. No, God is not the highest priority in my life. He is my life. I am his child. He bought me with the blood of his son Jesus Christ. I ought to do nothing less than dedicate my life to knowing, obeying and teaching his word.


I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.

Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining towards what is ahead, I press on towards the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenwards in Christ Jesus.

All of us who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you. Only let us live up to what we have already attained.

Join with others in following my example, brothers, and take note of those who live according to the pattern we gave you. For, as I have often told you before and now say again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Saviour from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.

(Phil 3:10-21)

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