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Introduction

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Bible verse memorization is unlike any other kind of memorization. It is not the same as recalling information for a Biology exam or memorizing historical facts. Much like the daily food we eat, God’s word is meant to be chewed on, swallowed, and assimilated. Spiritual truth provides wisdom and godly principles meant to be lived-out and applied to our lives. God’s words are life-giving and life-changing, utterly matchless in worth! Just like the manna the Israelites ate in the desert, God teaches us that His word provides us with daily spiritual nutrition, essential for our health and growth. When tempted in the wilderness to break his fast and turn a stone into bread, Jesus quoted the Old Testament law:

“Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4:4 NIV)

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Head Versus Heart

Anyone can spout off scripture and appear spiritual without actually applying God’s words and principles to their life. Jesus had a name for people who do that: “hypocrites!”(Matthew 23:13, 15, 23) He also called people with only head knowledge of scripture a “brood of vipers” and “white-washed tombs.”(Matthew 23:27, 33) That’s something that you and I want to fervently avoid! There is a BIG difference between memorizing words or phrases in your head and actually applying and obeying what is memorized to your life.

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James reminded us to do what the word says: “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.” (James 1:22-24, NIV)

When we actually live out what God’s word commands us to believe or do, we show that we have heart knowledge and not just mere head knowledge of the Bible. God is much more concerned with our obedience and the purity of our hearts than with the amount of scripture we can recite.

The best method for ensuring you are getting a “heart” knowledge of your memory verses is to first make sure you truly understand the meaning of what you are memorizing. Study the verse in context, look up any words you don’t understand, or try reading the verse in another translation. Also, you can select the flashpak™ heading on this website and click on the specific flashpak™ you are using to read a short commentary and contextual explanation of each verse.

Secondly, ask yourself how such truth applies to your life. Ask God for conviction of anything you need to do or say in response to His words. If you memorize a declaration of God’s character, linger in a moment of praise and adoration of His goodness! Thank Him for who He is and for the blessings He’s given you. Perhaps a friend will come to mind who needs prayer or encouragement specific to the content of the verse you are memorizing. Follow-through with your convictions and act on God’s prompting! Endeavor to have a soft heart towards God’s word and allow it to mold and shape your thoughts and attitudes.

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Why Memorize?

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God’s word is living and life-changing (Hebrews 4:12). When you memorize key passages from the Bible, you are able to meditate on God’s word at any time. This is especially helpful when you face difficulties, fears, or attacks from the enemy. A better, more thorough knowledge of the Bible helps you pray and know God’s character in a deeper way as well as understand God’s will for your life. Not only will you be better able to handle life’s challenges, but you will be able to better encourage others in their spiritual journeys. Memorization of God’s word will also strengthen your spirit, increase your faith, and help you progress in spiritual maturity. Memorization of scripture takes dedication and perseverance, but the reward in reaping eternal, lasting fruit in your life and in the lives of others is well worth the effort!

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Memorization Strategies

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WHERE:

Keywis™ are meant to help keep your memory verses always on hand. Most people find keeping them on their keys the best way to always have their verses with them. For others, keeping them strapped to a purse, backpack, belt loop, or water bottle, might be the best strategy.

WHEN:

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Once you’ve decided where to attach your keywi™ cards, look for spare moments throughout your day to read through, recite, review, and repeat the flashcards. Some common opportunities to do this include waiting in a check-out line, pumping gas, waiting for a meeting to begin, in the midst of a traffic jam, at lunchtime, during a break, or while taking a walk.

WHAT:

Choose a pack of flashcards that best suits your current need or get a pack of blank cards to customize the verses you want to memorize. It is important to strive for 100% accuracy when you memorize. Not only will it be easier to recall in the future, but it will help you understand the specific meaning of the verse. Most importantly, these are God’s true words for applying to your life so it is important to be faithful in accurate memorization!

HOW:

The best memorization strategies will vary from person to person, but some helpful tactics include:

  • memorize a verse phrase-by-phrase, break-up the task to make it easier
  • read the verse over and over again, then try to repeat it by memory
  • read the verse aloud, then repeat by memory
  • imagine pictures in your mind of the content in your verse or imagine the words on the card
  • draw pictures on the front side of the card to help you remember the content of the verse and envision what you are memorizing
  • repeat and review verses you already memorized to build on your scripture knowledge
  • ask a friend to memorize with you to keep you accountable
  • have a friend check-up on your memorization by quizzing you with your flashcards
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