Memorize the Bible

Why Memorize Scripture?

God speaks to us through His Word and the Holy Bible is His word. By reading the Bible everyday, we get to know more about God and what He wants for our lives. We find peace, comfort, courage and instructions. The better we know and understand the Scriptures, the better we can know and understand God.

Resist Temptation

Psalm 119:11
11  Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You!

Satan works by telling lies disguised as truth. When he tempted Jesus in the wilderness, Jesus didn’t argue with Satan, He quoted Scripture.

Success and Prosperity

Joshua 1:8
8  This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe 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.

Do you want to be successful in your walk with God? Again, success comes from knowing God’s Word.

Think of kindergarten and elementary school children. How are they taught? First, they memorize the alphabet, then they memorize the spelling of words and finally the definitions of words. The further they go in school, the more words they learn and the more definitions.

Even in college, medical professionals memorize types of illnesses, causes and cures. Lawyers memorize laws and cases so they can make their case or defense in court.

All our levels of success are by what we know, we learned, and memorized. This is no less true for our walk with God.

Where to Begin

Begin where a child begins. A child learns the alphabet, the order of the letters and the categories of the letters. By knowing the order of the alphabet, you can know where to find a word in the dictionary.

Start by learning the names of the Books of the Bible as well as their order and category. Then, when someone asks you to turn to a passage, you can find the passage in the Bible as easily as you can find a word in the dictionary.

How to Grow and Memorize

Read your Bible everyday. When a verse or passage stands out to you, write it on a card or in your phone notes. Record it verbally so you can play it back to yourself. Throughout the day, review this verse or passage and think about what it means.

Do this everyday for whichever verse speaks to you that day. At the end of the week, pick the one that touches you the most. Then, everyday for the next two weeks, read it and play it back to yourself. Try to quote it exactly word-for-word.

Different people learn at different paces. You will memorize some verses in a day or two and they’ll stick with you for a lifetime. Others will seem to be impossible.

But, stick with it everyday. Make it a new habit. If you can stick to this plan, in just one year, you will have meditated on about 350 verses and memorized about 50.

Setbacks to Your Learning

Everyone learns at a different pace and everyone experiences setbacks. Don’t stress yourself out over it. Some days, multiple verses stand out, and other days, nothing seems to stand out. That’s OK. Either pick one verse, or no verses for that day.

If you begin to feel overwhelmed by adding a verse a week, spread it out to one every 8-10 days, or one every two weeks.


The purpose of memorizing and meditating on the Scriptures is to grow your relationship with God. You aren’t memorizing a script for a play or to be better and faster than someone else. This isn’t an exercise to stress you out. Move at your own pace. Adjust as you go.

It’s OK to have a friend and create challenges together. But remember the purpose – Get to Know God Better.

* Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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