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Memorizing Scripture Takes Perseverance! Hang In There And Here’s What Will Happen:

Memorizing Scripture begins with discipline. It’s not hard, but it’s every day!

As You Get Into The Habit Of Memorizing Scripture, Here’s What Will Happen:

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind | Word Blessings | Scripture memory

How can you love the Lord with all your heart until you have His Words in your mind?

Three Stages Of Scripture Learning

1 DISCIPLINE – At first it takes a determined effort to do these things. Call it a step of faith. You have to believe – though you can’t see the result yet. Here’s where most people quit. Don’t be one of them. Instead, reorder your priorities. Put God first! Start with just a few minutes each day. Do that for a week, then increase it little by little. As you continue diligently, you’ll eventually arrive at the next stage:

2 DESIRE – At this point, you’ll find that you are eagerly anticipating the time you spend in the Word each day. It becomes something you get to do, not a duty you feel you have to do. Press on for another 3 or 4 weeks to the final stage:

3 DELIGHT – From this point on, your appetite for the Word of God will be insatiable. You’ll know when you’re there. It’ll be like drinking salt water—the more you drink the thirstier you become. You cannot get enough. You will never look back; it will be difficult to comprehend how you ever lived without the Word of God at the center of your life.

Another article in this series, entitled Memorize Bible Verses! Here’s How has practical, detailed instructions on how to get started. That article includes links to PDF files you can download for free to help you start your Scripture memory program.

The purpose of this article is not to present “How-To” details, but to whet your appetite by describing what will happen IF you persevere.

Don’t be like a man I once knew. He bought a membership at a health club because he needed exercise. He paid the money, then walked out the door saying to himself, “Problem: SOLVED”!

But he never went back to work out! Don’t let your Scripture memory be like that. Instead, make a decision to spend time in the Bible every day. And then DO IT — every day, seven days a week, even if you have to start with just ten minutes a day.

In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus said,

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind (Matthew 22:37)

I ask you: how can a person say they love the Lord with all their heart — but they won’t spend any time putting His Words into their mind? How can a person love the God they do not know? Answer: they cannot!

Suppose you purchased a gym membership like the man I described above. But instead of wasting the money as he did, you actually went to the gym regularly and did your workouts. After your first few workouts, would you say to yourself, “I don’t see any difference. This isn’t working!”? No, you wouldn’t expect to be able to see big changes right away. But you know that if you did those exercises regularly, by the same time next year you would see and feel an amazing difference.

In doing weight-bearing exercises, you wouldn’t start with the heaviest weights either. You’d start with weights you could lift — with some difficulty — and work out with those. When it got easy to lift those weights, you’d go to heavier weights.

Scripture memory works very much like that. However, the benefits are eternal, not just for a few short years.

Don’t Be Like This, Either!

I once was giving a Bible presentation to a church men’s group. (This was in a church that emphasizes rites and rituals over the Word of God.) I wanted to show them from Scripture how important God Himself says it is that we all learn to handle His Word.

But — get ready for this — right in the middle of my talk, one of the men actually blurted out, “Oh, this Bible reading is just one more thing the church is trying to pile onto a plate that is already full!”

First of all: if their “plate is already full”, they need to seriously review their priorities. God ought to be first in our lives, not last!

That was also an example of unbelief. But not just unbelief; it was deliberate, hardened unbelief! And it turned out that most if not all of them felt the same. Apparently, they just wanted their coffee and doughnuts, and to hear something that would make them feel… comfortable. They didn’t want education; they wanted corroboration. They didn’t want to hear that they needed to actually do something.

One pastor has referred to this as “an easy-chair faith in an easy-chair church.” It asks nothing of you. There’s no discipleship; no sharing of helpful biblical principles. Just a secular lifestyle with a bit of “religious glaze” painted over it!

Don’t be like that. Invite God into your heart AND into your mind. Get into His Word, so He can get His Word into you.

You Can’t Give What You Don’t Have!

If you aren’t becoming strong in the Word, you will never be able use it to help someone else.

~ jan

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  • daljit singh April 30, 2015, 5:36 AM

    Dear Jan,
    Thank you for your website. I just wish to express the simplicity of your word’s. I have known all along but you highlight somethings in a practical way. Gods word will always work by faith application. For example in the book of revelation. We overcome satan by the blood of the lamb ans the word of our testimony. When you gavevan attack from the enemy say a hurting joint. Just simply get your hand and lay it over the problem and speak out. I have overcome the works of the devil by the spirit of the blood of Jesus and I command this pain to go. Keep doing it 3-4.times a day.and watch the pain just go

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    • Jan Smith April 30, 2015, 10:10 AM

      Daljit, thank you for your comment. I agree with your statement regarding how we overcome Satan “by the blood of the lamb and the word or our testimony”. I myself am an example of that.
      I didn’t include that Truth because my emphasis in this article is on encouraging Christians to memorize Scripture.

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  • Betty February 28, 2015, 11:58 AM

    thank you so much for being there-I have been going through a severe attack from the devil regarding the truths of Jesus. Reading your info made me see I can’t debate-I must fight with scripture. I am at the beginning of my memorization, but it has already helped immensely. Thank you for allowing the Lord to use you!

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    • Jan Smith March 6, 2015, 10:10 AM

      Thanks for your comment, Betty,
      I commend you for realizing that you were battling the devil. As someone has said, “The battle takes place in our minds, and we win the battle with Scripture.” So I’m so happy to read that you have begun to internalize God’s Word. That’s the only way you can know whether or not the struggle is with the devil: when it contradicts the Word of God.

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  • Felicity Dyasi December 17, 2014, 8:23 PM

    Am so happy that this website…even though whenever I tried to go to church,or prayful or get in involve anything that wil bring me closer to god,something bad happens to me,very terrible incidents and I just don’t know how to fight back the devil. But am grateful.

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  • Margaret November 2, 2014, 1:16 PM

    I am indeed thrilled to have found this site- am so inspired and am starting my memorising first thing in the morning. Be Blessed.

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    • Jan Smith November 2, 2014, 3:52 PM

      Hi, Margaret,
      I’m also thrilled that you found our site. Please let me know hos it’s going. And don’t be in a hurry with memorizing, if you’re doing it the way I described (reading groups of verses once a day) It’ll take time, but you’ll come to love it. Best of all, God will reveal Himself to you. This really happens! ~ Jan

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  • preventivi August 21, 2014, 7:02 PM

    Ringrazio chi segue questo forum decisamente bello per farmi contribuire.

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    • Jan Smith August 22, 2014, 8:12 AM

      The comment in Italian translates:

      I thank those who follow this forum definitely nice for me to contribute

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