How to Memorize Scripture
Are you in awe of how people are able to recall so much of scripture, or can refer to specific passages for the appropriate occasion? This is no easy feat.
Take my word for it, there is no real trick when it comes to learning to memorize the Bible and all the verses, but there are a couple tips that I would be more than happy to share with you.
Tip #1. Start with an open mind, and heart.
When I was a kid I found a sticker on a wall behind the church that read, â€œIf you love your work, your work is like the breeze.â€
This definitely applies to memorizing scripture. If you approach memorizing the passages with an open mind and heart, it is an act of love, and will be easier to remember.
Tip #2.Â Be well rested.
Donâ€™t attempt to memorize anything too heavy after a full dayâ€™s work. You wonâ€™t be able to accomplish a heck of a lot if you try. I do the majority of my memorization an hour or two before I go to bed, when Iâ€™ve had a chance to relax and settle down.
Read slowly, and break the sentences down into small and manageable syllables. For example, take a look at this sentence.
â€œI have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.â€
Why not read it this way?
â€œI â€“ have â€“ been â€“ cru-si-fied â€“ with â€“ Christ â€“ and â€“ I â€“ no â€“ lon-ger â€“ live, â€“ but â€“ Christ â€“ lives â€“ in â€“ me.â€
Tip #3. Associate the passage with something you are familiar with.
Relating what youâ€™re trying to memorize to something in your own life makes it easier to remember. Itâ€™s possible to get a couple verses to sink in, but I know from experience that if it doesnâ€™t mean anything to you it will not stay in your memory for long.
- Itâ€™s important to take the time to understand the passage and the story it is telling
- Take the time to meditate on the lessons you find in the passage
Although it may not seem like it to you, these last two points make a big difference in helping you to memorize each word, right down to the last period.
Tip #4. Come up with a fun acronym.
Acronyms are easy and fun ways to remember things, and the more fun you have the easier it will be to memorize anything. Here are some easy to remember and popular acronyms:
- FACE = acronym used for reading sheet music
- WWJD= what would Jesus do?
- Roy G. Biv = The colors of the rainbow
- My Very Eager Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizzas = The nine planets
Memorizing scripture is no different. Is â€œShall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or swordâ€ too difficult to get down? Then change it to â€œthe handsome prince found nine dead snakesâ€ and then write it on a piece of 3Ã—5 paper. Itâ€™s much easier to remember now, and there are no more tongue-twisters.
The most important thing to remember when trying to learn how to memorize anything is to be patient. Itâ€™s not something youâ€™re going to learn quickly, but if you are determined and patient you will no doubt do well.Â
About the author:
Ron White is a two-time U.S.A. Memory Champion and memory training expert. As a memory keynote speaker he travels the world to speak before large groups or small company seminars, demonstrating his memory skills and teaching others how to improve their memory, and how important a good memory is in all phases of your life.
Paulo Anaro â€“ http://www.supremememorybook.com