Back in 2010, my husband Bobby and his friend Jordan decided they would start memorizing scripture together. They began with the book of James. Bobby would often ask me if I would check to see if he was right when reciting the verses, therefore I inadvertently memorized several verses too since I was listening to him quote them again and again.
Memorizing James changed both Bobby and Jordan’s lives, as both Heather (Jordan’s wife) and I can attest to this. They both became even more passionate for the word of God and for Jesus himself through this spiritual discipline. Since then Bobby and Jordan have both continued to memorize scripture, and in one season they worked together at the same company, allowing them to memorize scripture nearly twenty hours of the week.
To date Bobby has memorized James, parts of Romans, 1 and 2 Timothy, Philippians, 1 and 2 Thessalonians, Titus, Hebrews, and he’s currently memorizing Ephesians. I also have memorized chunks of scripture in Colossians, James, Romans, Ephesians, 1 Thessalonians, and 1 John.
Through several years of practicing this, Bobby has also passed on the passion of memorizing scripture to those he has discipled, encouraging the word to transform their lives. He teaches them a simple method of learning big chunks of scripture in a short amount of time. He’s dubbed it the “five by five method.”
Let’s memorize a passage of scripture together so you can see how easy it really is.
First, read 1 John 1:1-5.
Second, read 1 John 1:1 five times.
Now try to say 1 John 1:1 five times without looking.
Next, read 1 John 1:2 five times.
Then try to say 1 John 1:2 five times without looking.
Now say 1 John 1:1-2 together five times without looking. That part was hard wasn’t it? That’s because you’re linking them together, but it’ll get easier with each verse you tack on to this chunk.
Repeat reading, reciting without looking, and attaching to the other verses until you’ve memorized verses 1-5.
This takes only ten to twenty minutes, depending upon how frequently you memorize information, but anyone can easily do this. It just takes time and practice.
At the rate of 5 verses a day, you can memorize 1 John in 90 days. You don’t have to stop at 5 verses a day though, as sometimes people Bobby has taught will take time to memorize a whole chapter in one day. When Bobby was working with Jordan, he could memorize shorter books, like Titus, in a week.
If you’d like to read about memorization from Bobby himself, this little freebie is for you:
Please feel free to share this document with others for personal use, but also remember to give Bobby credit. In the document, he shares how to link things altogether and also how to upkeep the verses you’ve memorized.
Memorizing scripture is one of the best ways to get the word in your heart and mind. The Holy Spirit will use the word and bring it to the forefront of your mind in the midst of trial or temptation.
During the process of my heart wrenching miscarriage of my twin boys, I would call out to God with verses I had recently memorized. As Bobby and I cried together during my contractions and labor in the delivery room, we recited what we had learned of Romans together.
When I struggle through temptations of sexual impurity, I remember in 1 Thessalonians that believers are called to live a life of purity and self-control, not like the Gentiles who do not know God. When I’m angry or struggling with sin, I remember that man’s anger does not bring about righteousness, and that sin brings death (both verses from James).
Scripture is described as a sword, piercing through the body and soul. If you are having trials or temptations (if you’re human right?), you’ll want to incorporate memorizing scripture into your daily devotion.
Along with having scripture ready for you in your mind instead of having to reach for your Bible in the moment of temptation, you’ll also find that you’ll understand books of the Bible with more depth. When you memorize a book of the Bible, you become much more familiar with it than when you read through it or have a surface-level study. Also, when you read through other passages of scripture, you can cross-reference to scripture you’ve already memorized, helping you to better embrace the fullness of scripture.
I really hope this helps you in your fight to love God more!
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