I typed up these hints for my Bible study group this morning and decided to post them here. We have 10 verses to memorize during Breaking Free and I thought these ideas might help us. I had already committed to memorizing a verse every two weeks—a carry-over from Beth Moore’s Scripture Challenge last year. It’s so important to know God’s Word. The battlefield is the mind, and since memorizing Scripture, the enemy’s lies (and sometimes my own) aren’t working on me like they used to—Praise God!
KEYS TO MEMORIZING SCRIPTURE
1. Thank God for His Word and ask Him to let it take root in your mind and heart.
2. Read the Scripture carefully and take a few minutes to think about what it means to you personally.
3. Start with the first word. Repeat it and add the next word. Keep going until you’ve spoken all the words out loud. Example: Isaiah 43:10: You are my witnesses, declares the LORD—Say, “Isaiah. Isaiah 43. Isaiah 43:10. Isaiah 43:10, You. Isaiah 43:10, You are. Isaiah 43:10, You are my. Isaiah 43:10, You are my witnesses. Isaiah 43:10, You are my witnesses declares. Isaiah 43:10, You are my witnesses declares the. Isaiah 43:10, You are my witnesses, declares the LORD.” Repeat just that phrase until you can say it from memory. Then go on to the next phrase.
5. Look for patterns of words in the Scripture. When I memorized Psalm 19:1, I saw that the words “declare” and “proclaim” were similar so my brain remembered that “proclaim” would come after “declare”. Look for repeated words, “ Day after day they pour forth speech, night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth.”
4. Copy the verse down on a 3x5 card (illustrate it if that helps) and tape it to your bathroom mirror or kitchen cabinet or refrigerator—or in all 3 places! Every time you see it, say it.
5. When you have it memorized, repeat it every day before memorizing the next Scripture. You can put your 3x5 cards in a small notebook or on a spiral to review every day.
6. After all cards are memorized, review them weekly. Then monthly. Then as often as needed.