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:
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 â€“ though you canâ€™t see the result yet. Hereâ€™s where most people quit. Donâ€™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, youâ€™ll eventually arrive at the next stage:
2 DESIRE – At this point, youâ€™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. Youâ€™ll know when youâ€™re there. Itâ€™ll be like drinking salt waterâ€”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.
Donâ€™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, â€œProblem: SOLVEDâ€!
But he never went back to work out! Donâ€™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.