As I survey my short time on this earth, I have come to the realization that the people who have had the greatest impact upon my life as a Christian are those who have had Scripture saturated hearts. From family members to preachers to professors – those persons who have been overflowing with the Word of God are those who have been most influential in my personal sanctification as a child of God.As we consider the words of the Psalmist in Psalm 119:11 – “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee” – shouldn’t we as Christians be constantly striving to hide God’s Word in our hearts? Today in the Christian community, the only ones who seem to be seeking to hide the Word of God in their hearts are the children. Most adults claim they cannot remember anything, so they never try to memorize any portion of Holy Scripture. Is it any wonder that people find themselves discouraged in their journey and unable to live successful Christian lives? No amount of success in any other area of the Christian life can compensate for an insufficient amount of God’s Word. Therefore, if we are going to be successful in the Christian life and able to overcome the pitfalls of sin that encompass and surround us daily, we must do so with the pure light of God’s Word!A couple of years ago, several members of our church traveled to Georgia to a preaching conference at Pray’s Mill Baptist Church. It was there that these laypersons came in contact with Bro. David Miller. Bro. David is an Evangelist from Arkansas who has the majority of the Bible committed to memory. As he preaches from his wheel chair (due to muscular atrophy) he does not use any notes or the Bible itself. He quotes his passage (often large portions of Old Testament Scripture) and then preaches an expository message verse by verse. It is quite amazing and powerful at the same time. After returning from the conference, these laypersons decided to memorize a chapter of the Bible and quote it before the church. It started on one Sunday evening when the first gentleman quoted a chapter from Matthew’s Gospel. It shocked the church. My wife then committed to memory Ephesians 5 and quoted it before the church body. This sparked a desire within the heart of an 81 year old deacon who then committed to memory John 3 and quoted it before the church body. Needless to say, I was extremely shocked and amazed at what had occurred in the lives of these average laypersons. These people understood the importance of memorizing Holy Scripture as a means of Christian sanctification and worship of God. I personally believe that this understanding transformed their lives and their walk with God.It is my prayer that I will personally find more time for Scripture memory in my Christian life. Although time is required and commitment is necessary, in the end – the precious Word of God will dwell in my heart and I will be more likely to evade the pitfalls of sin in this wicked world. May it all be done for the glory of God!Rev. Josh BuiceTips Regarding Bible Memory1. Repetition: Like exercise to the body involves daily or weekly repetition in order to stay in shape, our minds require constant repetition of God’s Word in order to memorize a passage of Scripture. There has never been anyone run a marathon without putting in adequate training to make it to the finish line. The same thing is true regarding Scripture memory. It does not come easy!2. Meditation: Meditating on the particular passage of Scripture that you are seeking to memorize is a very practice. If we understand the passage of Scripture and have the overall subject matter saturating our hearts, we will find the specific text easier to recall to our memory.3. Verbal Quotation: People are often wired differently, but no matter whether one is more audible or visual in their learning techniques, to hear yourself quote (and read) the text aloud helps call it to memory. This process can begin by reading it aloud several times. Once the text has been read, the initial memorization process can begin. After repetition and meditation, the first portion of the text is where one must begin.4. Start Short: In order to find early success, one must begin with a short section of the passage of Scripture that he or she is seeking to memorize. This will be encouraging in the beginning and provide fuel to the overall goal. If the section of Scripture happens to be 10 verses, start with one verse before moving to the second verse.5. Connect Verses: Once the process continues through the passage of Scripture, it is always a necessity to continuously repeat what has already been memorized in order to connect the new verses to those already memorized.6. Fill The Blanks: For those who are more visual learners, the text can be copied from an online website or computer program into a Word document whereby it can be altered with blanks for a type of “exam” that will enable you to fill in the blanks.7. Careful Listening: For those who are more audible learners, the text can be listened to on an iPod while walking, jogging, or driving down the highway. To hear someone else read the text may provide a means to strengthen your overall ability to recall the text.8. Patience and Commitment: It requires patience and a commitment to persevere to the end. Just like running a marathon, hurdles and complicated parts of the process will be revealed mid ways through the memorization exercise. Therefore, it is always wise to have a strong commitment to endure to the end for the glory of God!Other Resources:Dr. Andy Davis – Pastor of FBC of Durham NC. An Approach to the Extended Memorization of Scripture – Dr. Andrew Davis Download .pdf – Click Here
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