“The Discipline: Why should I memorize Scripture?”
Scripture memory, another very important spiritual discipline, is important to the life of a believer because we don’t always have our Bibles handy, and the Enemy doesn’t take a break. We need to be consistently downloading the Word of God onto our mental and spiritual hard drives, so to speak, so that the Word of God becomes a part of our own operating systems. Only by doing so can we expect to be obedient to this command that God has given us:
2 Timothy 4:2 “Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction.”
Only by memorizing scripture can we expect to be able to make God-honoring choices when we are in a split-second moment of decision.
Psalm 119:11 “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”
Jesus used memorized Scripture to battle the Enemy when He was tempted in the wilderness. If the Son of God found Scripture memory helpful, it would be ridiculous for us not to use this powerful weapon when we fight our individual battles.
See the “Scripture Memory Starter Pack” online at skopos.org/discovery for a list of verses essential to your progress as you carry out the ministry of Jesus Christ. You can find the link in the plan overview. Use the tips for scripture memory included to begin memorizing them today. Make realistic goals for your scripture memory.
You may begin memorizing one verse a month and then progress to one every two weeks. You may memorize from the Scripture Memory Starter Pack or select key verses that God is showing you through your private worship times or a sermon that you hear.
Respond to the following in your journal:
What did you learn through Bible study today?
How were you encouraged? How were you challenged?