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How to Hide God’s Word in Your Heart

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When I was young, I remember memorizing scriptures so I could get stickers in Sunday School. I learned a lot of verses when I was in elementary school. I remember working hard to memorize the Lord’s Prayer and Psalm 23.

Somewhere along the way, as I got older, memorizing scripture lost its appeal. Maybe it was because I didn’t get stickers anymore?

Here’s what I’ve learned over the past few years: I must memorize scripture if I’m going to pray effectively and gain victory during my trials!

During one of my darkest moments, I remember sitting by the water crying my eyes out when I heard a whisper…

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters.” Psalm 23:1-2

Another time, I was taking my boys for a walk when I noticed a bird sitting in the tree. It had been a hard week. I was struggling financially and just wanted to get out and get some fresh air for a while. The sight of that bird brought another verse to mind:

“Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds!” Luke 12:24

All those verses I’d learned just to get a sticker serve me well during times of troubles. The Holy Spirit brings those verses to my mind to calm my heart and encourage me.

3 Tips for Memorizing Scripture

If you are thinking that there’s just no way you can memorize scripture, you are wrong! You can do this. Here are a few tips to get you started:

  1. Create a Plan: Choose your verses based on a need in your life. And then create a plan to help you memorize different verses. I like to keep my plan in the front of my prayer journal and notebook.
  2. Write the Word: Spend some time writing out the verse(s) you are memorizing. The act of reading the words and then copying them on paper will help your brain remember the words.
  3. Sing the Word: Remember Psalty? You are never too old to sing songs about the Bible. Put your verses to music or use a scripture memorization CD to help you out.
  4. Draw the Word: Illustrating difficult concepts in scripture really helps me understand them. This also works for memorizing scripture. Draw a tree with all the fruit of the spirit, or the armor of God. Not great with pictures? Bible journaling is another option for illustrating the verses.

Memorizing scripture will give you power over your thoughts (and the enemy). It will also grow your faith. Telling yourself the truth over and over again can’t help but make you spiritually strong. 

What’s your biggest struggle when it comes to memorizing scripture?

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10 Comments

  1. Thank you for the great tips! Many times I start my reading with no direction and end up getting overwhelmed. I will definitely be more strategic from now on!

  2. John 14-17 is packed with knowing and loving Jesus our Lord and Savior. As Jesus prays for his disciples in John 17, he prays for the Father to sanctify them by His truth, them proclaims ‘Your word is truth’.

    It is vital for our growth to know the scriptures ‘breathed out by God’ 2 Timothy 3:15-17

    This has changed my studies from knowing a lot of individual scriptures to knowing whole books.

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  3. Memorizing scripture is so important if we are to ward off the enemy. Thank you for sharing!

  4. My favorite thing to do when I sit down to read/study is to write the Scriptures. It does help me memorize them, and I ultimately end up breaking each verse down, word by word to see how it applies to my life. Thank you so much for this beautiful post; I am your neighbor today at Moments of Hope link up.
    God bless you

  5. I love memorizing scripture! The challenge in the past few years has been memorizing whole chapters. I never thought I’d be able to do it, but God has been empowering. God has used scripture to help me through many tough times, too. Thanks for sharing these tips and this hope that we CAN do this and that it is worthwhile!

  6. My biggest struggle with memorizing scripture is just making time to do it! I love your practicals ways that I can adapt to use on the go. Thank you!

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