5 Ways To Quickly & Efficiently Memorize Scripture

5 Ways To Quickly & Efficiently Memorize Scripture

Memorizing scripture. I’m pretty sure it’s something that every Christian aspires to. And if not, it should be! Hiding God’s word in our heart is one of the keys to living a successful Christian life. But as we all know, it’s one of those things that can be a lot easier said then done. Yes, we know that memorizing passages of our bible is important. Yes, we know that we should be able to use memory verses to explain the way of salvation at the drop of a hat. But how many of us actually put in the time and effort to learn to do it? Today, we’re going to be talking about 5 ways to quickly & efficiently memorize scripture.

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Psalms 119:105

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Choose Passages Wisely

Yes, I know that everything in the Bible is good & true. But when it comes to memorization, it’s just a fact that some things are going to be easier to study and memorize then others. Especially if you are just starting out, I wouldn’t suggest starting with chapter after chapter of genealogies. If you really want to, then go for it! But if you’re not quite so ambitious, I would suggest starting with some more well known verses. Here are a few great verse ideas to get you started.

  • Psalms 38:18
  • Psalms 86:5
  • Psalms 119:9,10,11
  • Psalms 119:105
  • Psalms 119:165
  • Joshua 1:8,9
  • Romans 3:10
  • Romans 3:23
  • Romans 4:4,5
  • Romans 6:23
  • Romans 10:17
  • John 1:12
  • John 3:16,17,18
  • John 10:27,28
  • John 14:6
  • Luke 13:3
  • 2 Timothy 2:15
  • 2 Timothy 3:16,17
  • James 1:22
  • Mathew 6:33
  • Mathew 28:19,20

Say It Out Loud

Does this one sound pretty simple? Well that’s because it is! Begin by reading the verse (or verses) out loud to yourself. As you say it over and over and over again, you will find that pretty soon, you can stop reading, keep talking, and your brain will take over from there! Read it, read it out loud, try to quote as much as you can from memory, read it out loud again, try to quote as much as you can from memory, and then keep repeating that process!

Write It Down

It has been said that when you write something down, it is the equivalent to saying or reading it 7 times. Talk about a time saving study hack! 3 x 5 cards are great for writing down your memory verses. They are small enough that you can carry them around in your purse or pocket, yet large enough that you should be able to fit several verses on them. Try placing your memory verse cards throughout your home or work space wherever you will see them best. This could be on your desk, next to your kitchen sink, on your bathroom mirror, in your purse, on the dashboard of your car, etc. As you go about your day, stop every chance you get, to quickly scan over them and keep the verses fresh in your memory.

Use Actions

Now I know that as an adult, you may not find this tip quite so intriguing…. But for children, this one is often a total game changer! I worked as a camp counselor last summer, and putting signs and actions to the memory verses was a total life saver for some of my young campers. One young girl in particular, came to me almost in tears because she wasn’t memorizing as quickly as the other girls were. She just knew that she wasn’t going to be able to make it to the ice cream party. (For those wondering, the ice cream party is an end of the week reward for the campers who have said 25 whole sections of verses.) Well, from then on out, I spent every spare second with her, putting signs and actions to every single verse she had. We worked through the entire chapter of Psalms 139, spending hours upon hours signing back and forth. We were signing all. of. the. time. When we were eating, when we were on our way to games, during free time, during everything. And what happened? She started getting her confidence back, quoted all of her verses perfectly, and yes, even made it to the ice cream party! Looking back, that was actually my favorite week of the entire summer, because of that little girl and her verses. It was such a great learning (and teaching) experience.

If quoting out loud and writing isn’t quite enough for you, it may be time to learn some signs and actions! If you know sign language, that will be really helpful. No, you may not want to start jumping up and down and swinging your arms wide when you’re in public and trying to remember a verse, but it will still be helpful to think through the actions in you head.

Consistency & Repetition

The key to scripture memory really is just consistency and repetition. It’s as simple and as difficult as that! Unless you have been blessed with a photogenic memory, you most likely will be studying the same verses for hours on end. But that’s okay! Don’t be discouraged if you can’t memorize as fast as someone else can. At the end of the day, scripture memory isn’t a competition about who can quote the most verses. It’s about hiding God’s word in your heart to help you live a successful Christian life!

So now I want to hear from YOU! Does memorizing come easy to you? Or do you struggle through it? What are some things you do to help make the memorization process easier? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments down below!

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2 thoughts on “5 Ways To Quickly & Efficiently Memorize Scripture

  1. Really great tips! I recently realized that I REALLY could use a refresher course on my references. Many many verses can pop into my mind… but the references are totally GONE!! I need to take some time to look up my half-way memorized verses and fill in the blanks. Hey… that’s kind of like getting a head start! Thanks for the encouragement to hide God’s Word in our hearts.

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