Scientifically, we know that the learning and memorizing process works differently in children than in adults. It works very differently in younger children. As a first grader I had to memorize the first part of Genesis Chapter 1 for a class. I can still recite that. Last year, a friend of mine and I memorized the book of Philemon…I really did well, but I still can’t quote as much of that right now, as I could the first Chapter of Genesis. For this reason, I thank God for AWANA and other ministries we have in our Trinity family to help children memorize the Word of God. These things will stay with them throughout their life. It is important that we memorize Scripture as adults as well, as it helps us as believers in so many ways. I came across this blog a while back and thought it would help all of us to review these truths.
May 4, 2013
The Benefits of Memorizing Scripture
I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. ~ Psalm 119:11, ESV
Consider the benefits of Bible memorization:
Helps to renew your mind and change your thought life, establishing permanent change in your entire manner of life and conduct (Joshua 1:8; Psalm 1:2-3).
Follows the example of the Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 4:1-10).
Equips you to use Scripture in everyday situations (for example: Acts 2:16-21, 25-28; 3:22-23; 13:40-41, 47).
Allows God’s Word to be the foundation of your life (Deuteronomy 6:6-8).
Provides guidance (Psalm 119:24, 105).
Develops confidence in witnessing (Isaiah 55:11).
Establishes a fountain to conquer temptation (for example: Matthew 4:1-10) and to gain victory over sin (Psalm 119:9-11).
Becomes an integral part of your prayer life (for example: Acts 4:24-31).
Enables you to teach, counsel, encourage, and build up others in the Body of Christ (Colossians 3:16).
Provides a basis for meditation On God’s Word (Psalm 119:15-16, 97).
Makes the Word of God readily available for comfort (Psalm 119:52).
Keeps God’s Word ready to refresh or revive (Psalm 119:93).
Provides stability in your spiritual life (Psalm 37:31; 40:8).
Gives you the truth so that, at times of need, you are ready to answer others concerning your source of hope (Proverbs 22:17-21; 1 Peter 3:15).
This material is excerpted from the Biblical Counseling Foundation’s 480 page in depth discipleship manual entitled, SelfConfrontation (1991 edition).