Memorizing Scripture

May 7, 2013 — 2 Comments

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I have stored up your word in my heart,
that I might not sin against you. (Psalm 119:11 ESV)

Scripture memorization is extremely important in a Christians life! Chuck Swindoll wrote,

“I know of no other single practice in the Christian life more rewarding, practically speaking, than memorizing Scripture. . . . No other single exercise pays greater spiritual dividends! Your prayer life will be strengthened. Your witnessing will be sharper and much more effective. Your attitudes and outlook will begin to change. Your mind will become alert and observant. Your confidence and assurance will be enhanced. Your faith will be solidified” (Growing Strong in the Seasons of Life [Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1994], p. 61).

John Piper gives us several reasons why scripture memorization is important:

  1. Conformity to Christ
  2. Daily Triumph Over Sin
  3. Daily Triumph Over Satan
  4. Comfort & Counsel for People You Love
  5. Communicating the Gospel to Unbelievers
  6. Communion with God in the Enjoyment of His Person & Ways

John Piper and the Desiring God staff have produced a resource that is invaluable to all Christians. This resource is call “Fighter Verses”. The Fighter Verses website is designed to help Christians hide God’s Word in our hearts.

Fighter Verses are memory verses specifically chosen to help believers “fight the fight of faith.” Practically, they are verses that Christians need to remember when they are facing a trial, temptation, or battling to strengthen or maintain their faith.

If you are serious about wanting to memorize scripture and “hide it in your heart”, then the Fighter Verses website is a great place to start!

How do you memorize scripture? What techniques help you to hide God’s Word in your heart?

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2 responses to Memorizing Scripture

  1. 

    It sure makes preaching off the cuff a whole lot easier.

    • 

      I have seen a video with John Piper and early in his ministry he was called to the hospital by a family who had a loved one that was dying. They asked him to give them a word of encouragement from God’s Word and he said that he drew a blank because he had never made memorizing a priority. He said from that day on that he would commit himself to memorizing scripture.

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