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Memorizing Scripture

If you want to memorize Bible verses I highly recommend the Bible Memory software.  The online version is free and the app is inexpensive.  You pick the verses you want, then you can practice typing over them, filling in every other word or typing them from memory.  You have the option to just type the first letter of the word, which is a huge time-saver. 

I am not good at memorizing, but this app has made all the difference.  It takes a lot of repetition for me to remember passages, but eventually I get there.  I’ve been able to memorize over 1,000 verses, including individual verses, short passages, the Sermon on the Mount, the Book of Philippians, Romans 8, the Book of Jude and more. 

Just start small and select a few verses.  You’ll pick up momentum and confidence, and you’ll be surprised how often God gives you opportunities to use the verses you’ve memorized, either reminding yourself of them or sharing his truth with others.

If you remember the book of the Bible from where you got the passage, that’s helpful, and chapters and verses are a bonus.  But as you probably know, the chapter breaks and verses weren’t in the originals.  The New Testament quotes the Old Testament many times but makes no attempt to even note the book being quoted.  Hebrews 2:6 even says, “It has been testified somewhere, “What is man, that you are mindful of him, or the son of man, that you care for him?”  The verse quoted Psalm 8 but just noted that it was “testified somewhere.” 

I think you’ll be blessed if you make it a practice to learn more and more verses and passages.  And as I cycle back through verses I’ve memorized I try to meditate on what they mean, in context.  I have to fight the urge to do rote memorization, as if I was trying to remember Pi to 100 places. 

Aside from memorizing important theological truths, you can use the app to memorize handy lists, such as the names of the 12 tribes of Israel (Exodus 1:2-4), the names of the 12 apostles (Matthew 10:2-4), the books of Bible (you can edit a verse to add the list), the names of the seven “ites” living in the Promised Land (Canaanites, Hittites, etc. – Joshua 3:10), the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:1-19) and others. 

I go through some verses as part of my morning devotional time and and other times during the day.  I have no social media apps on my phone.  Instead I can read the Bible or go through memory verses if I have free time or am stuck somewhere like the doctor’s office. 

If you aren’t already doing so, give it a try!