You can memorize the Bible and you should. Many people make excuses for why they won’t memorize the Bible, “Oh, I can’t remember anything at all”, or “I can’t focus long enough to memorize”.
I’ll admit, I’ve made excuses too. But unless you’re suffering from a traumatic brain injury or a disability, you can memorize. And you should memorize the Bible.
Here are 6 reasons why you need to memorize Scripture.
1. To fight sin and satan
Psalm 119:9 says this,
How can a young man keep his way pure?
By guarding it according to your word -Psalm 119:9 (ESV)
The Bible shows us that we need to guard our hearts according to God’s word. You can do so by memorizing the Bible. If you’re struggling with a particular sin or habitual sin, maybe lust or greed, pride or anger, you need to find specific Bible verses that address the sin in your life and memorize them.
When you’re being tempted to sin, it’s vital for you to have the verses to quote. Verses that will encourage you and strengthen you to say no to sin. How can you keep your way pure? Guard it with the word of God.
2. So you can have the Bible with you at all times
Everyone has certain times in their lives when they don’t have access to the Bible. For some people, this can be a regular occurrence, possibly something that happens every day.
For example, maybe you’re at work or school. Maybe you’re sitting in the middle of a meeting or class and you’re discouraged. Maybe Satan is dragging you down and you’re feeling overwhelmed.
Have you ever been in a situation where you wished you could just open the word and read? But you can’t. You’re in the middle of an important meeting, you’re taking a final exam at school, you’re stocking shelves at the grocery store (yep, me).
You see where this is going, you should memorize the Bible so when you can’t access the whole Bible, you can at least recite pieces of it to yourself.
You will be able to find help in a low spot, to be encouraged, to keep pushing through that meeting or exam or the last hour at work.
You need to memorize the Bible so you can have it with you at any time no matter where you are or what you’re doing.
3. So you can learn certain passages and understand them better
Have you ever read a passage and it’s super encouraging or challenging and it really pierces you and tells you exactly what you need to hear?
When you memorize that certain passage you’ll be surprised, over the course of time, it will take on a new meaning, you’ll understand it in a different light. You’ll understand it better than ever before.
This, I think, is one of the coolest things about memorizing Scripture, your understanding of a certain verse will transform over time, as you memorize it, even as you recite it to yourself over and over again, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to meditate on it, to think carefully about what that verse or passage really means.
4. To help you in your evangelism
Memorize the Romans Road to salvation. Go memorize John 3:16, memorize other verses about salvation. And when you’re witnessing, you can recite these verses, not to put on a show, but to tell others about Christ with biblical accuracy.
Also, if you fear not having all the answers when you witness, memorizing the Romans Road and other verses about Jesus and salvation will give you confidence that with the help of God’s word, you can actually do this. Ultimately, though, you need to trust God because he’s the only one that can save souls.
If you haven’t memorized the Romans Road to salvation, you really should. If you’ve never heard of it or want to learn more just click here and learn all about it.
5. To Immerse yourself in the word
The process of memorizing is really a process of studying, at least for me it is. I have a poor memory, I easily forget people’s names all the time and it’s really awful. Anyway, memorizing is a long hard process for me, it takes dedication and hard work to actually memorize something.
When I’ve put in the effort to memorize scripture, it’s amazing how much time I’m able to spend thinking about a passage and how it applies to my life.
When you take the time to memorize scripture, you’re bathing yourself in the word of God. You get to take a piece of scripture and allow it transform your life, it’s amazing.
6. So you can be an encouragement to believers
Finally, if you memorize pieces of scripture, you can recite them in conversation with fellow believers. Don’t be flashy or braggadocious about it, though. That’s really prideful and makes memorizing scripture basically pointless.
Use the pieces of scripture you have imprinted on your heart to encourage other believers, build one another up.
1 Thess. 5:11 says,
Therefore encourage one another and build one another up. -1 Thessalonians 5:11 (ESV)
If you memorize Scripture, use it to encourage other believers. Pray and ask God to open doors for you to be a light to others, to shine truth and encouragement into the lives of your brothers and sisters.
Now go memorize!
This is the hardest part of memorizing, telling yourself to do it.
Go memorize, though, pray and ask God to help you. He will.
Also, I wrote a blog post awhile ago sharing the system I personally use to memorize Scripture you can find it by clicking here.