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10 reasons why you should start memorizing Bible verses

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I met an amazing woman of faith who loved God’s Word truly, deeply, madly.
She knows Bible verses by heart..
..even quoting them in everyday conversations and it made me rethink my appreciation of His Word.

Is it really necessary to memorize Bible verses?
Isn’t knowing them by heart already enough?
Curious of how what it can do in one’s spiritual journey, I gave it a try. Allotting a few minutes of my day to memorize a sentence or two won’t hurt, right? It sure wasn’t easy! I laughed at myself having quite a hard time memorizing a single sentence on the first day! I had to review the verse 3448623575 times before I was able to actually say that I’ve memorized it. Sleep wasn’t helping either – it surprised me that I forgot it again the next day. But I think it’s all worth the effort!

Along the way, I’ve realized 10 reasons why you should start memorizing Bible verses:

1. It improves your memory

“All improvement in memory consists of one’s habitual method of recording facts” — Dr. William James, Father of American Psychology
It constantly stimulates your brain and acts like a brain workout. Afraid that one day, as your age advances, your memory would fail you? Fear not and exercise your brain by constantly giving it challenges that enhance not only its memory but also your soul!

2. It gives you wisdom that’s from the Lord

I have read a lot of book written by awesome Christian authors, but I still consider the Bible the best book ever! The way the truth is worded in it is always the best one. I am amazed every time, and quietly say in my head, “Very well said!”  I have a deep appreciation of the poetic books of the Bible (Psalms, Proverbs and Ecclesiastes) which are filled with wisdom which were later rediscovered by the human race. Did you know that Psalms which were written looooong ago, have information that were only understood by man thousand + years later? Fascinating!
Raw Bible verses, meaning those that have not yet been interpreted, just have the special way of searching your heart and your thoughts, having varying impact on you depending on the situation. This is why memorizing them, coupled with the objective understanding of its meaning and its context, is an enriching source of wisdom in the specific instances in our everyday  that we need it.

3. It makes your thought processes centered on God

Have you ever heard of neuroplasticity? It is the changes that happen in your neural pathways when there are changes in your environment or in what you do or think of. Your body adapts to the change and kinda makes it your default response to stimuli. One of its principles is that Repetition matters (Kleim and Jones 2008). (lol proper citation stuck, thanks UP!)
When you memorize you tend to repeat it in your head over and over and over and over and over again. It may have radical changes in the way you think! While negative thoughts about a person come into mind, 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 suddenly comes along. While you’re tempted to break free from God’s discipline, you remember how it produces a harvest of righteousness (Heb 12:11). Oh my, words cannot explain how amazing it is to have Bible verses facilitate your thinking! It makes 2 Corinthians 10:5 a lot easier! IYKWIM 😉 So what? Romans 12:2 says that we are transformed by the renewing of the mind!

4. It gives you direction

Psalm 119:105 tells us in a profound way how God’s Word leads us what to do in our everyday life (lamp to my feet), and in making big decisions in our life (light to my path)! It may not give you specific answers such as which particular course to take in college (lol), but it gives you the major considerations you have to make!

5. It lets you encourage others more readily

Sometimes it is hard to word the appropriate encouragement. But God’s Word is living and active. When you can’t encourage, it can on itself. Where else can you find the best comfort other than from God’s promises? Where can you find the winning strength to overcome life’s battles other than the Word of God?

Also, memorizing the Scripture makes you prepared to share the Word of God any time and anywhere. I remember one time, my friends and I were swimming, yes ya read it right, we’re right there in the pool, and we had a “Bible Study”, only with memorized Scripture with us. It was an amazing time centered on God’s wisdom and not on ours!

6. It drowns you in the beauty of God’s Word

You would have deeper appreciation of God’s Word. Repeating it over and over again makes you more sensitive with its real life application because it has consistently been on your head. The result? You richly witness its truth unveil in everything that’s happening around you every day, yes, even in the mundane.

The instructions of the Lord are perfect,
    reviving the soul.
The decrees of the Lord are trustworthy,
    making wise the simple.
The commandments of the Lord are right,
    bringing joy to the heart.
The commands of the Lord are clear,
    giving insight for living.
Reverence for the Lord is pure,
    lasting forever.
The laws of the Lord are true;
    each one is fair.
They are more desirable than gold,
    even the finest gold.
They are sweeter than honey,
    even honey dripping from the comb.

— Psalm 19:7-10

HOOOO!! The Word is a great reward in itself! If you wish to grow your knowledge of God, if you see yourself unconsciously taking for granted the availability of the Word of God, if you are looking for ways to grow your relationship with God, this is worth a try.

7. It makes you more guarded against temptation

Psalm 119:9 & 11 talked about God’s word as the thing that helps us not sin against Him. When you are tempted, you will be able to stand your ground with the belt of truth buckled around your waist (Ephesians 6). It’s interesting that it’s the first one mentioned in the full armor of God. Maybe because it keeps everything together, in perspective?

Soaking ourselves in God’s Word reminds us of who we truly are in Christ Jesus. It reminds us that sin, death, evil or whatever else in this have no power over us because the fight is “finished”.

8. We are called to be soaked in His Word

Joshua 1:8 tells us to keep the Book of Law always on our lips, and Deuteronomy 6:6 tells us to always talk about God’s Word when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.

Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives.

— Colossians 3:16 (NLT)

Maybe it’s time to admit that we are weak and we let a lot of decisions, thoughts and actions pass without consulting the Word. Maybe that weakness is the reason why we have to fill our lives with His Word!

 

9. JESUS AND OTHER DISCIPLES DID IT!

They quoted Scripture a lot! (especially Jesus Himself) He used it to teach, rebuke, correct and train the twelve disciples. Sounds familiar? Check out 2 Timothy 3:16-17! Scripture does not only equip you, it also helps you equip others (the Jesus way), namely the people you are leading to Christ, before sending them off to the battlefield.

10. Even Satan quoted it

Remember how he talked to Jesus after Jesus fasted for 40 days? We are easy preys of deception if we don’t know the promises of God. Know your stand by knowing His Word.

WHAT’S YOUR EXCUSE?

Yes, it’s a lot of work. But hey, you have poured in a lot of effort in other things in your life. Why not give it a try, why not give it your all, if it means getting to know God deeper?

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