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Memorizing Scritpure is like Breakfast

Most of us wouldn’t think about leaving the house & facing a day of work without some kind of breakfast!  Maybe it’s just morning coffee or a couple of eggs or at the least a breakfast muffin.  But most of us need something to eat before lunch.  We’re busy, lots of work to be done, and we need energy!

Isn’t our spiritual life the same?!?  All too often we leave the safety of our home and enter a busy work day and step out into the world ill-equipped for the challenges ahead.  My suggestion for a spiritual breakfast is to begin memorizing a verse a week.

Joshua 1:8 says, “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.”

It’s Tough to Meditate on Something you Don’t Know

The only way to really meditate on scripture, so that it does not depart from your mouth, is to get it inside your head!  It’s really a lot easier than you think.  I’ve got one friend who is memorizing the book of Colossians right now.  He memorizes a couple of verses a day & reviews the earlier verses (Thanks Justin for all these great resources & for encouraging me to memorize!).

Great Resources for Scripture Memory!

Here are some great words from John Piper on memorizing scripture:

I’ve been working on memorizing a verse a week with my boys.  Currently we are on our 4th verse.  I print them on an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper and hang them in their room so they can see them throughout the day.  Sometimes they even work on them on their own.  We can also review former verses this way.

Here’s a link to a complete set of verses to help you memorize a verse a week for the next 5 years (check our “Fighter Verses”)!  Also some great articles on how to memorize entire books of the Bible:

We’re finally settled on memorizing in the ESV (English Standard Version).  It’s a great translation, very literal, and a little awkward at times.  Seems to help in locking in some of the words.  Especially when they are a little quirky.

Take the Challenge

Seems like cereals are always trying to get us to take the challenge, to try them for a week.  I dare you to try meditating on scripture by memorizing.  It may sound “old school” but it will change your life!

—Dallas Willard, professor of Philosophy at the University of Southern California, wrote, “Bible memorization is absolutely fundamental to spiritual formation. If I had to choose between all the disciplines of the spiritual life, I would choose Bible memorization, because it is a fundamental way of filling our minds with what it needs. This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth. That’s where you need it! How does it get in your mouth? Memorization” (“Spiritual Formation in Christ for the Whole Life and Whole Person” in Vocatio, Vol. 12, no. 2, Spring, 2001, p. 7).

A Fresh Idea

In a world full of never ending information, sometimes a short quote can be just the thing to stir a fresh idea or offer new direction.

If you lead a small group I think you will find this helpful as you pray & prepare to lead group.

“In Small Group a goal is to stop talking about STUFF and to start talking about OURSELVES.”

Ever find your group discussing, debating, and solving the problems of the world but never really changing personally? Make sure you are talking about yourselves!

I love to challenge people with some of the following questions:
-“That’s a great idea, so what would that look like in your life this week?”
-“So we’ve talked a lot about what this could look like. What are you going to do personally?”
-“What are you leaving here with tonight?”

What do you think? How do you get people to talk about themselves? Especially when it comes to “applying” Biblical content.

Post your answers and let’s learn together!