December 18 was our last meeting of 2014. We learned about the importance of Scripture memorization. Every verse of Scripture is a precious and valuable treasure. God wants us to diligently search for the wisdom, insight, and understanding hidden for us in His Word. Memorizing Scripture helps us understand things that we might otherwise overlook. We have to slow down and think about it to memorize it. This opens up rich insights and gives us new thoughts about the passage. Memorizing the Word of God establishes a solid foundation of truth in your life (Psalm 37:31), gives you ready answers (1 Peter 3:15), and guards you from sin (Psalm 119:11).
Our mind is a battlefield and Satan wants to fill our minds with lies. We need to combat those lies with the truth of God’s Word. Things that we say over and over to ourselves become a part of us, become our beliefs, and effect our actions and attitudes. We need to memorize Scripture so that we can think about it and say it to ourselves. God’s Word is our foundation and is the truth that overcomes every lie of the enemy.
Tips for Memorizing Scripture:
- Don’t do it alone! Find someone to memorize with you and/or to hold you accountable– preferably someone who memorizes at the same pace/speed as you. Perhaps choose someone from BL to be your partner.
- Review it often! Don’t expect to learn it without looking at it and saying it. Repetition helps to ingrain it in your memory.
- Write it out! I have found that writing out the passage helps me to memorize and retain it better. Write it several times and carry a copy with you to review throughout the day.
- Read it out loud! This helps you not to miss any words. There’s also something about hearing it while you’re learning that is very helpful.
- Listen to it! I have memorized verses before simply by listening to them being sung/said on CD. You can also have someone read it to you.
- Draw it out! If you are a visual learner, you might find it helpful to draw pictures for the key words in the passage. Then you can remember the passage by the pictures that go with it.
- Don’t give up! Even if you’re discouraged, don’t give up. Satan doesn’t want us to have God’s Word in our hearts and will do what he can to stop us.
- Come back to it! Even after you’ve moved on to another passage, come back and review the previous one so you don’t forget it.
We want to do more than just memorize the Bible, we want it to live in us and to become a part of us. We want to abide in Jesus and let His Word abide in us. Memorization is a first important step, but next we want to meditate (think) about what we have learned. Meditation is spending time in quiet thought. What do you find yourself thinking about throughout the day? The more we turn our thoughts to the Lord, the more we will learn about Him and draw closer to Him. Meditation is not emptying our mind, but rather filling it with God’s Word by thinking about it over and over. There are many benefits/rewards of meditating on Scripture (Josh. 1:8; Psalm 119:97-98; Psalm 119:99; Psalm 1:2-3; Psalm 119:9-11)
Suggestions for Meditating on God’s Word:
- Quote through a verse or passage that you have memorized.
- Think about what the verse is saying and thank the Lord for it.
- Pray the Scripture to the Lord, making it personal.
- Think about how you can apply the it to your life.
- Meditate each night as you are falling asleep (Psalm 63:6).
As followers of Christ, our main goal is to have hearts that are seeking the Lord, not to have a lot of “head knowledge” or be able to boast in our accomplishments. Often times, those who are young are able to memorize more easily. This is also the time in our lives when most likely have most free time than we will later. We should take this challenge seriously to memorize as much as we can during our youth. Make the most of your time for God’s glory!
After the lesson, we split up into groups of two to memorize a Bible verse. The girls used different methods to memorize, including actions, writing it out, and of course, repetition.
Then, for our activity time, we did a special Christmas activity. The girls were split into four groups (or “towns”) and they had to send letters via the Christmas Train to the other towns to discover the message from each town. Each town’s message was a name of Jesus associated with Christmas. It was a fun activity, although the train needed a lot of repairs along the way.