The most influential mentors of the Christian faith agree on one thing: there is a single, solitary, spiritual exercise to strengthen your faith.
Chuck Swindoll, no slouch when it comes to spiritual formation said, “I know of no other single practice in the Christian life more rewarding. No other single exercise pays greater spiritual dividends.”
Dallas Willard, the late guru of spiritual practices said, “Its absolutely fundamental to spiritual formation. It fills our mind with what it needs.”
What is this ultimate exercise that accelerates spiritual growth?
Workout For Your Spirit
Memorizing Bible verses is like an intense gym workout. It will stretch your mind and grow your reserve of faith.
Dr. Howard Hendricks said that if he had his druthers every student at Dallas Theological Seminary would need to memorize one thousand verses in order to graduate.
The Bible And You
I teach a class on how to get the most out of your Bible. Participants are challenged through memorization exercises. They commit to memory all of John 1:1-12
The verses are the most succinct Bible statements about creation and the nature and work of Jesus.
Students share their experiences about memorizing. They enter the exercise without much enthusiasm. They emerge as raving fans.
Their genuine enthusiasm for what happens in their lives is palpable.
7 Passionate Endorsements of Memorization
* “Memorizing brought the verses to life. It made the verses feel like 3D. They had substance to them.”
* “I was engaged with the Bible like I hadn’t been before. It was more than a memorizing exercise. It was a spiritual experience.”
* “Thinking about my life and my problems the verses said to me, “God’s got this.””
* “I felt drawn to God memorizing them. I felt like God was saying to me, “You are one of mine.””
* “I had a new appreciation for the Bible and for God.”
* “It started as just words. But when I memorized them and repeated them and took them into my heart, it clicked with me.”
* “He was in the world and the world was made by him and the world knew him not. He came unto his own and his own received him not.” I felt the sadness in that verse. That’s how God feels.”
If I had to choose between all the disciplines of the spiritual life, I would choose memorization.
6 Tips On Memorization Techniques
1. Include the reference. Say it at the beginning and the end when reading or speaking so that it is included in your memorization.
2. Write the verse on an index card – or several index cards. Post your verse where you will see it throughout the day.
- Clip it to your page marker in your Daily planner. .
- Post it above your sink in the kitchen.
- Add it to your mirror in the bathroom where you brush your teeth.
- Email it to your mobile devise
- Type it into a “stickie” on your desktop.
3. Memorize a verse at a time. This is especially helpful on longer verses or passages. Break the verse down into logical phrases to make it easier to remember. Once you have one phrase memorized, add the next one.
4. Read your memory verse or say it out loud. Over and over and over and over.
5. Share it with someone. Think of someone in your life who would benefit from hearing the verse you’re memorizing.
6. Have someone check you to ensure that you are memorizing correctly.
Ready to go? Start with Psalm 23. The verses are familiar so they should help you get an early win under your belt.
What are you waiting for?
Let me know your experience with memorizing Psalm 23. Leave your comment below. Thank you.
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