As a Christian, it is good practice for you to read your Bible every day. But is that enough? We are also required to study and meditate on the Word. Beyond study and meditation, we can be better Christians if we memorize the Word. Here are 8 Biblical reasons why you should memorize Scripture. Some tools to help in memorization has been provided here on this site.
Jesus memorized scripture.
Throughout the Gospels Jesus quoted from 24 different books in the Old Testament roughly 180 times! He thought of the Scriptures as the ultimate authority in life and a way to understand the heart and desires of God. We should follow Jesus example by knowing and trusting Scripture the way he did.
We are commanded to memorize scripture.
Colossians 3:16 tells us to let the word of Christ dwell in us richly. Deuteronomy 6:4-9 tells us to bind God’s law on our foreheads, teach it to our children, talk about it wherever we go, and make it an integral part of our lives. We must know Scripture first before we can teach it or apply it as God desires.
It renews our mind and transforms our life.
God’s word asks us to be transformed and renew our minds in the Scriptures daily. Romans 12:2 Keeping the truth of Scripture fresh in our minds requires that we memorize scripture and helps us in the transformational process that God desires.
- It helps against temptation.
After fasting for 40 days and 40 nights, Jesus’ was tempted in the wilderness. He countered Satan’s deceitful words with words of truth found in Scripture. He had to know the word by-heart to be able to do that. Even though Jesus is Himself the Word of God, He used the written Word of God for battling temptation.
It keeps your life pure, helping you live in obedience.
“I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you” (Psalm 119:11). Knowing God’s Word through the memorization of Bible verses is a great way to guard your life and actions according to God’s Word.
It makes us prosper and successful.
This promise is shown in Joshua 1:8, “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.”
You can evangelize and encourage believers with Scripture.
Memorizing Scripture and knowing the Bible gives believers a great opportunity to share it with other believers and unbelievers. We can encourage believers to do the same and realize the other benefits listed. 2 Timothy 3:16 says that all Scripture is useful for teaching and training. Knowing Scripture is a vital part of ministering to others. You cannot share what you do not have. We should memorize Scripture to gain the authority so we can walk unbelievers through the salvation message and help them understand their need for a Saviour.
Fills your head with wisdom.
Beyond studying the Bible for spiritual reasons, the Bible is full of tons of words of Wisdom that can guide us in everyday living. It can have an impact on every area of our life if we carry the word with us wherever we go. By memorizing the Scripture we are able to have that wisdom with us at all times. Luke 2:52 says that Jesus grew in wisdom during His earthly life. Why should we not do the same?
There you have them; read the Bible, study it, meditate on it and memorize a few verses. This will build up your confidence in speaking and teaching others. You will grow wiser and more prosperous as noted above. Jesus memorized scripture and if we are to emulate His lifestyle, we also ought to do same. You can study some selected verses here and after study, revise here. You can also register and download the verses and carry along with you. Happy studies!!!