How to Memorize Scripture
by David J. Stewart | December 2016
Psalms 119:11, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.”
I just memorized 1st Peter 1:7-9 today. I've been working on it for the past three days. What I do is listen to Alexander Scourby read the King James Bible. When I hear a Scripture Verse or passage that burns my heart, I make a note of it. If I decide to commit it to memory, I take a pen and paper (like in the good old days) and I write the Bible passage down. I just take a regular sheet of white paper and fold it into four. Or sometimes I'll use a post-it for a short Verse, but you can use anything really. I then stick that piece of paper into my pocket and carry it around with me wherever I go. I mentally keep going over the passage, looking at the paper when I get stuck, until I have it down pat. It works!
Here's what I finished memorizing today . . .
1st Peter 1:7, “That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.”
I encourage you to memorize God's Word. Only use the King James Bible!
The Importance of Abiding in the Holy Scriptures
In our text Verse from Psalms 119:11, the Psalmist (David) says, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” What a precious truth! If our minds were filled with the Word of God instead of aimless television, it would reflect in our daily lives. Proverbs 4:23, “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”
Philippians 2:5, “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.” 1st Corinthians 2:16, “For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.” Amen! The way you obtain the mind of Christ as a believer is to saturate your daily life with the Word of God.
Have you ever cherished the Word of God so much that it broke your heart? David was love sick for the Scriptures. Psalms 119:20, “My soul breaketh for the longing that it hath unto thy judgments at all times.” Oh, that the inspired Word of God meant that much to us as believers!
Here is a beautiful passage of Scripture. Notice the last line which reads, “LET THE WORD OF CHRIST DWELL IN YOU RICHLY IN ALL WISDOM” . . .
Colossians 3:9-16a, “Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all. Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom...”
Amen! If we want the mind of Christ, then we must wallow like a pig in mud, but instead in the Scriptures. John 5:39, “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.”
Psalms 1:1-3, “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”
Do You Remember How You Got Saved?
1st Corinthians 15:1-2, “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.” In other words, you've got to know what you're believing in to be saved. Notice that the Bible says we must “KEEP IN MEMORY” how we were saved. Otherwise, how can you say that you're saved, if you don't know what you're trusting in? The Bible says you've BELIEVED IN VAIN!!! Many people profess to believe in Christ, but they have no idea what they are believing in. This describes 90% of churchgoers today who profess faith in Christ. If their life depended on it, they couldn't tell you what they're trusting in to get to Heaven. The apostle Paul plainly preaches, “THE GOSPEL,” by which we are saved if we understand what we are believing in. What must we understand?
First, you must know that you are a needy sinner in God's sight (Romans 3:19; 1st John 1:8-10), and that there is a penalty for sin, which is death (Romans 6:23; Revelation 21:8). You need to know what you're being saved from. If you're not a hell-deserving sinner, then why would you need a Savior? You need to know that Christ died on the cross in your place, to pay for your sins. You also need to know that Christ was buried. And then finally, you must know and believe that Christ bodily raised up from the dead three days later. This is “the Gospel” according to 1st Corinthians 15:1-4. The Bible teaches in 1st Corinthians 15:2 that if you cannot remember how you got saved, you're not saved, because you have believed in vain. How can you be saved if you don't even know what you're believing in? Believing in Jesus is not the Gospel. You must believe in the crucified, buried and risen Son of God to be saved. John 20:31, “But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.” END
—Dr. Jack Hyles (a great quote from the classic sermon, “
Psalms 116:15, “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.”
“The only inspired Words of God
are in the King James Bible!”
—Dr. Jack Hyles (an awesome quote —Dr. Jack Hyles (THE REAL BATTLE!”)
BATTLE OF THE AGES (MP3 by Dr. Hyles, “The King James Bible crowd is going to come out on top!”)