Transform your mind: Memorization Tips
- Your memory can be developed like a muscle. The more you use it, the stronger it gets; lack of use causes it to weaken.
The more you concentrate, the easier it is to memorize. Find a quiet place, free from distractions.
Find the best time for you. Most people find it easiest to memorize first thing in the morning, when their minds are rested. The evening is a good time to review what you memorized that day.
Sight, sound and action. Read what you are memorizing, write it out, and quote it out loud to yourself. Using these three methods together reinforces the memory process.
Memory work is work! It does take a certain amount of determination and self-discipline on your part, but the more you do it, the easier it gets.
Know you can. God has given you a mind that’s more powerful than any computer. If you find it “impossible” to memorize, claim Philippians 4:13—“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”—and keep trying.
Set goals. When getting started, try to memorize one verse every day, or one verse every two days. Have short-term and long-term memory projects.
Be regular. Find one or two time slots in your daily schedule that work well for you. Five minutes or so at a time is all it takes.
Repetition is the law of memory. The more you go over what you’re memorizing, the quicker you’ll learn it; the more often you review what you’ve already learned, the longer it will stick with you. Go over a new verse three times a day till you know it well, then once or twice a week for the next few weeks, then once or twice a month, etc. If you have difficulty quoting an “old” verse correctly, you need to review it more often.
Try to learn the references too (the book name, and the chapter and verse numbers where the verse appears in the Bible). This will come in handy when you want to find the verse later.
“Bind them [God’s Words] continually upon your heart; tie them around your neck. When you roam, they will lead you; when you sleep, they will keep you; and when you awake, they will speak with you” (Proverbs 6:21-22).
For a listing of some of the most important verses in the Bible for memorization, arranged topically, use Key Bible Verses. You’ll find this small booklet an invaluable memorization aid.
Why should we memorize Scriptures? There are many benefits! The Scriptures we “hide in our heart” will be a blessing to us all our lives; they’ll encourage our faith and help us recognize and thank the Lord for all He does for us. Memorization gives us a special closeness with Jesus, who is the Word (John 1:1-14). It is also easier to claim in prayer the promises that the Lord has made in His Word when we know these promises by heart (2 Peter 1:4).
Jesus said, “The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life” (John 6:63). The Word is what gives us life and food and nourishment and strength and spiritual health. If you are faithful to hide it in your heart, it will come to life for you! You’ll also always have it with you, whether you have a Bible on hand or not. This is very useful when witnessing to others.
As you delight yourself in the Word and meditate on it, the Lord will bless and prosper you, and you will be “like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season!” (Psalm 1:2-3).
Try these for starters
John 3:16 – For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
Acts 16:31 – Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved.
Ephesians 2:8-9 – By grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.
The Holy Spirit
John 14:26 – The Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.
Acts 1:8 – You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me.
Acts 2:17 – It shall come to pass in the Last Days, says God, that I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh.
The Word of God
Psalm 119:105 – Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
Matthew 24:35 – Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.
John 6:63 – It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.
Jeremiah 33:3 – Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.
Matthew 7:7-8 – Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.
1 John 5:14 – This is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.
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