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Thoughts on Memorization May 18, 2007

Posted by roberttalley in Scripture Memorization, Spiritual Disciplines, Spiritual Warfare.

Scripture memory has often been emphasized as a help to spiritual growth and fighting sin. That is one reason why I with a few others participated in the Awana memorization of John 10 last year and am pushing learning Romans 6:1-13. I thought it would be helpful to let you know what verses that I have memorized have had the most impact on my life. Feel free to leave in the comment box the verses you have memorized that have had the most impact in your life.

A. Ephesians 2:1-10 — This passage more than any other has been important to my spiritual growth because it describes God’s working in my life.

Already, you are probably noticing that I emphasize clusters of verses. You are probably also asking if I still know these verses. The answer is mixed. I know these verses because when I memorized them I internalized them. They made an immediate difference in my spiritual knowledge and growth. That is the main benefit of memorization – a concentrated, intensive handling of the Scripture in meditation and in application.

B. John 1:1-18 — Actually, I am amazed at how much Scripture I use to know but cannot say with rote memory. This passage is especially important to me because it has shaped my view of Christ.

C. James 1 — How does the daily Christian life look? This is a good chapter dealing with many aspects of that life.

D. The Romans Road — These verses are scattered among several chapters but they are not only a wonderful soul-winning tool but also pregnant with doctrine. It would not be far-fetched to say that these are the biblical building blocks on which my life has been built.

E. Psalm 1 — The only Old Testament passage that would make it into the top ten but the contrast between the righteous and the unrighteous in these verses will remain with me for a long time.

F. Hebrew 1 — Okay, this chapter is full of Old Testament passages. It is also full of truth about God’s Word and the Deity of Christ. Taken with John 1:1-18, these two chapters have influenced my thinking on Jesus more than I probably realize. I learned this chapter as a teen club project on the way home from church (a 35 mile trip). I was sitting in the back of a ’76 AMC station wagon.

G. Proverbs 15:1 — Not many single verses have made the impact on me that this one has: “A soft answer turneth away wrath but grievous words stir up anger.” This is one of those verses we learned at our mother’s knee. Remembering how much we fought with each other, I can imagine why she thought we should learn this verse.

H. 1 Corinthians 15:1-8 — This passage should actually be #1 on the list but I am just writing them as they pop into my mind. It was this passage that God used to assure my heart of my salvation in Jesus Christ. I actually learned it after it made the impact in my life. I didn’t want to forget the truth I had learned.

Your turn:  which verses that you have memorized have most impacted you?


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