I read about Seneca, the Roman teacher of discourse who died in A.D. 37. It was said of him that he was able to repeat long passages of speeches that he heard only heard once before. He must have had an incredible mind and an incredible memory! He would impress his class of 200 students by having each one of them recite one line of poetry. When they were done, he would recite all of the lines that they had quoted, but in reverse order, from last to first!
I can’t do that. Can you? How do you know? Have you tried?
God gave each of us a mind. We have the ability to memorize all sorts of data. We do much of it without trying: phone numbers, directions, recipes, and more.
If you have walked with Jesus for a couple years there are probably several areas of Scripture of which you’ve become really familiar simply by reading your Bible.
Much of life’s warfare is fought on the battlefield of our minds. Attitude is everything; perspective matters greatly!
The way to win the war is by memorizing and meditating upon God’s Word. We need to fill our minds with the Word of God.
As Satan tempted Jesus at the beginning of his ministry, Jesus responded every time with the Word of God and nothing but the Word of God. Every time Satan attacked him, he quoted Scripture. (See Luke 4:1-14.) Don’t let that escape you. Certainly if we are going to have victory over temptation, doubts, and fears, we need to fill our minds with the Word of God.
As we approach a new year, maybe you want to think about this as one of your goals. Consider memorizing some passages of Scripture. The group of men that I meet with every Tuesday night is memorizing these verses: John 16:24, 1 John 5:11-12, 1 Corinthians 10:13, 1 John 1:9, and Proverbs 3:5-6. (These are all part of “Growing Strong in God’s Family: A Course in Personal Discipleship”) that our men are going through.
I knew a university student who memorized the entire book of Philippians! He did it as he would walk around campus, spending time with the Lord.
What if you take a chapter in the bible and read it every day for a month. You will get God’s Word into your heart and mind!
“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things” (Philippians 4:8.)
What is your way of memorizing God’s Word? What are some verses you have memorized?