How can one memorize verses?

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So Becky is asking what is or how can one memorize versus?


So, Daniel, is asking. I feel like the devil is taking hold of me. How do I resist? I feel like I’m on God’s last chance to be saved. I have schizophrenia in almost every condition in the medical book. How do I survive.


Daniel? We could go on and on on what to say about that. Wendy and I have been working on a documentary on mental health and there’s definitely no one Pansa treatment and everybody has different circumstances. The Bible does say no cause comes without or sorry. No curse comes without a cause. So if you understand what caused it, then you will find where the cure might be. So hope that even that wisdom from the Proverbs will give you some guidance to go back and figure out. Ok. When did it start? What maybe triggered it? What could be behind it? For some people, it could be even the nutritional issues. It could be toxic exposure issues. It could be experiences, family background. There’s so many things. Please work with experts if you haven’t already. But I mean, we know so many people go from expert to expert too.


It’s hard to find, especially for this condition in particular. And it is unfortunate, but it is a difficult one to treat. But there are people who have had success.


So don’t ever give up.


Yeah, don’t ever give up.


I always believe there is a cure out there and there’s a person who knows it. So it’s having that tenacity to keep searching and we’ll keep you in prayer. And maybe too is you’re going, let’s talk about Bible verses and how to memorize those. And maybe that will be helpful too. I know there’s a lot of people say, oh, just study Bob reverses invoke the promises. If boom instantly, then you’ll get healed. I’m not saying that, but maybe this also can help be a part of transforming your heart and mind and for anybody else too. This worked for me. This is what the Bible says, too.

So five ways to help anybody memorize Bible verses first one, it begins with listening and reading Romans 1017. It says so when faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. So it starts there. What really helped me really get through the Bible faster was actually listening getting the Bible on CD back at the time. We still use CDs and just playing it. I did a lot of driving, so go on long drives and I’m just listening for hours of Bible and by doing that, it’s great.

I didn’t get stuck on just one little chapter. I began to hear the whole Bible and long pieces and start seeing how it all interacted and seeing repeating patterns and things. So I really encourage that.


Can I just add on to that, too? There’s this, there’s this app, and it’s not so much an app anymore, but the songs are still available. You look up Scripture Singer. It’s a group that put this together and there’s all these verses from the Bible that have been put to song, and it’s done so beautifully. And it is such a good way to memorize Scripture, right?


Listen to it as music.


Yeah, it’s very uplifting music and it’s wonderful to listen to. I’ve listened to Scripture Singer for years and just found it so helpful in learning scripture.


Yeah, that’s another good way to do it. And then number two, daily meditate, as the Psalmist writes in Psalm 119 148, says, My eyes are wake through the night, watches that I may meditate on your Word, and God had the ancient Israelites put reminders everywhere, even wear them on themselves to remind them of His word and his laws. So it’s always before them. I mean, Wendy is a big fan of word art. It has it all over our house. It kind of is a biblical concept, but even more importantly, we need to be just taking it in constantly, like it’s food that you need for nutrition. As Jesus said, it is written that man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God. This is Luke four, four, Matthew. And actually Jesus here is quoting Deuteronomy. So this shows up many times in the Bible because it’s important. So daily meditate on the word. Step three, make room for the Word by clearing out the junk in your life. Philippians 25 says, Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus, and we don’t ever see Jesus wasting his time.

We don’t see Jesus engaging in idle things, not to say he wouldn’t have fun when it would be appropriate, but we’re constantly listening. Let’s say to bad music, watching bad videos, listening or looking at bad TV shows. All these things are just filling us with bad ideas dragging us down. But we need to give us peace, quiet things that will help us really make room for the word to internalize in us. 1 Peter 113 to 16, it says, Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober and rest your hope fully upon the Grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lust, as in your ignorance. But as he who called you is Holy. You also be Holy in your conduct because it is written, be Holy, for I am Holy. So prepare the way for that. And I have to say if you look at the parable of the Sower, this is a famous parable. Jesus said. It shows up in three of the four Gospels which tells you this is a really important story. If three of the gospel writers wanted to tell this account one of the types of ground that receives the soil or sorry, the types of soil that receives the seed is this one that brings up lots of weeds and the weeds choke out the good seed, the sprout of the good seed.

And Jesus says that’s like someone who let the cares of the world choke out the life of the gospel within them. So you don’t want to be like that. You want to clear out way for the Bible to really fulfill you and change you, which comes to part four. So part four really commit the word to your heart and internalize it. Don’t just take to memorize it. I think you’re going to go even better when you actually take it in and understand it and let it work itself in you, God says, but the word is very near you in your mouth and in your heart that you may do it. Thy word have I hid in my heart? This is Psalm 119, eleven that I might not sin against thee. Thy word, I hid in my heart. And you notice in both of these verses there’s this call to action that the word doesn’t just go in us. It should also bring something out of us. And that’s my fifth and final point, which is critical. I’d say too. Don’t just memorize these verses, but bring them to life in you that’s practice the word, bring it into practice.

Luke 11:28 it says, but he said, yeah, rather blessed. This is Jesus speaking. Blessed are they that hear the word of God and keep it. Luke 8:15 to 18. Now this is from the parable of the Sower Jesus explained. It says, but the ones the seeds that fell on the good ground are those who have heard the word with a Noble and good heart, but keep it and bear fruit with patience. No one, when he has lit a lamp, covers it with a vessel, puts it under a bed, but sets it on a lampstand that those who enter may see the light for nothing is secret that will be revealed will not be revealed or anything hidden that will not be known and come to light. Therefore take how you hear, for whoever has to him, more will be given, and whoever does not have even what he seems to have will be taken from him. So that’s a warning. That last part there. If you don’t receive the Bible verses and put it into play like make use of this knowledge that you’re gaining. God is going to stop giving light to you because he’s like, what’s the point?

But if he gives you a little truth, a little light and it changes you, God will give you more and leave you further down the wonderful journey of a closer walk with Him. And as a bonus, please don’t forget John 14:26. The burden isn’t on us to necessarily memorize everything. Don’t stress yourself out if you can’t remember it all because Jesus says, but the helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to you remembers all things that I said to you. So really, Holy Spirit is going to back us up on the remembrance part and just remember Philippians 2:13. Or it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure. God wants to give you the will, even to make things happen. And if you want to memorize, you want to be able to do that work with God. He wants you to be able to do that. And if you don’t have the willpower to do it, he can give you that willpower if you ask him. So don’t leave God have the picture, too.

So I hope that answers your question. Tina, I’m sure you have a lot of ideas on this, too.


I think you guys honestly sum it up really well. I totally agree. I love that promise. Psalms 119, verse 11th. I’m worried about hitting my heart that I might not sin against how it goes along really well with Second Peter that says basically that these great and precious promises through them we can overcome, whereby you are given unto us exceeding and great impressions. Promises that by these the promises, you might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. And I think, like you’re saying, it’s an action. It’s not just here. We’re not supposed to be heroes of the word, but doers of the word, and that’s how we really memorize it, because we bring it into our day to day life. And I think, like Wendy said, singing scripture songs is an awesome way to memorize. I have so much scripture memorized because I had it put into a song just like, I don’t want to sing right now, but I remember I was always having trouble memorizing the Sabbath verse in Genesis two, two and three, and somebody sang it to me in a song. And I was like, this is amazing, and I can say verbatim all the time because it’s in a song.

So, yeah, it’s another really great tool that God has given us to God to remember His word and to bring it into our day to day life. So good job, guys.

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