One of the most powerful habits you can develop is to memorise Scripture, because you'll find it coming to mind when you really need it. If we don't memorise Scripture, we'll miss out.
If we "hide Yahweh's word in our hearts," it will be there to guard us against sin. We will be able to answer temptation as Yahshua answered Satan in the wilderness.
Yahweh's Word is like a light by which we can see our path. If we need His guidance, the Holy Spirit can bring memorised Scripture to our minds.
His promises strengthen us in our times of trouble. When we're tense, nervous or uptight, a Bible verse might come to us when things get tough. It can also comfort us when we are sad. His mercies are new every morning. Remembered Scripture will remind us of this.
We are always to be ready to give an answer to those who ask us what being a Christian is all about - what are we actually hoping for? The more familiar we are with Scripture, the better we will be able to answer questions unbelievers have about our faith.
Here are some ideas to help you:
Pick a verse that speaks to you. Say the verse reference before and after. Read it aloud many times. Maybe record it and listen to it. Break it into natural phrases. Emphasize key words.
A fun thing to try, especially for parents with their children, is to write a verse in pencil, erase a word, then repeat the verse. Keep doing it till the entire verse is erased!
Write out a verse on a small piece of card and carry it around with you, reviewing it from time to time. Display the card where you are likely to see it - a bathroom mirror, or by your computer.
Some verses lend themselves to singing. Try making up a tune and singing a new song!
If you find a single verse too easy, work on short passages in the same ways.
Remember: Repitition is key.
In case you can't think of any verses to get you started, try these:
On living the new life:
2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 2:20; Romans 12:1, John 14:21; 2 Timothy 3:16; Joshua 1:8; John 15:7; Philippians 4:6-7; Matthew 18:20; Hebrews 10:24; Matthew 4:19; Romans 1:16
On proclaiming Messiah:
Romans 3:23; Isaiah 53:6; Romans 6:23; Hebrews 9:27; Romans 5:8; 1 Peter 3:18; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5; John 1:12; Revelation 3:20; 1 John 5:13; John 5:24
On relying on Yahweh's resources:
1 Corinthians 3:16; 1 Corinthians 2:12; Isaiah 41:10; Philippians 4:13; Lamentations 3:22; Numbers 23:19; Isaiah 26:3; 1 Peter 5:7; Romans 8:32; Philippians 4:19; Hebrews 2:18; Psalm 119;9,11
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