How to Memorize Scripture in Three Steps

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Learn How to Memorize Bible Verses Easily

There are many different ways and methods to study the Bible – you can read the whole Bible, you can study the Bible book by book, chapter by chapter, verse by verse, thematically, topically, by character, biographically, by word, etc. In this blog post we will share how to memorize Scripture in three steps.

Why is it important to memorize Scripture?

Reading Scripture is not enough as we can forget God’s Word easily. We really need to hide God’s Word in our heart. That’s why memorizing God’s Word is very important. It gives us a better understanding of God and His will. It helps us apply the principles of God’s Word so we can obey God and follow Him. When we know God’s Word and obey it, we will draw closer to God and know His truth. Memorizing Scripture helps us not only keep God’s Word in our mind but also in our heart where it can transform our life and help us grow in Christ.
They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?” Luke 24:32
I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. Psalm 119:11
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Psalm 119:105
But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ Matthew 4:4
Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. John 17:17
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17

Here is how you can memorize Scripture in three steps:

1. Read One Bible Verse and Meditate on It

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Choose a Bible verse and read it over and over again. Meditate on each of the words in this Bible verse. Then try to say each word back to yourself without looking at the text. Finally, try to say the whole Bible verse back to yourself without looking at it.
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. Joshua 1:8
But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. Psalm 1:2
I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways. Psalm 119:15

2. Write Scripture

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While children might be able to memorize Scripture by using only step 1, it might be more difficult for an adult to memorize Scripture just by reading and meditating on it. Writing Scripture has been shown to be very effective in memorizing Scripture.
It helps us slow down and notice details, it frees us from distraction and makes us focus on each word, it increases our understanding and retention, it keeps our mind more engaged, it makes Bible study more personal and applicable, it encourages prayer and worship, and it also leaves a legacy of faith for others, for example, for our children and grandchildren. It also helps us memorize Scripture as we internalize God’s Word through writing more easily.
Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you;
    bind them around your neck;
    write them on the tablet of your heart.
Proverbs 3:3
And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. Deuteronomy 6:6-9

Here you can download Scripture Writing Cards for free:

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3. Recall Scripture

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The third and last step is the hardest step in memorizing Scripture. Now you need to recall the Scripture you have started to memorize. Say the Scripture out loud or write it down by heart. If you can’t remember certain words or parts of the Scripture, look them up in your Bible or in your written Scripture and highlight them. Then repeat the words or parts a few times until they stick in your memory.
It is very important to be in God’s Word and memorizing Scripture helps us to be in God’s Word and keep it in our mind and heart.
So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, John 8:31
As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience. Luke 8:15
Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart, for I am called by your name, O Lord, God of hosts. Jeremiah 15:16
Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. Proverbs 30:5
The words of the Lord are pure words, like silver refined in a furnace on the ground, purified seven times. Psalm 12:6
Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. John 14:23
But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Jeremiah 31:33
And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers. 1 Thessalonians 2:13

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