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Sunday, July 17, 2011 6:34 AM

Memorize the Scriptures

Sunday, July 17, 2011 6:34 AM
Sunday, July 17, 2011 6:34 AM

SUNDAY, JULY 17, 2011

"The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart." Ro 10:8 NKJV

Nothing pays greater spiritual dividends than memorizing Scripture. Your prayer life will be strengthened. Your witnessing will be more effective. Your counseling will be in demand. Your outlook will change. Your mind will become more alert. Your confidence will be enhanced. Your faith will be solidified. Even if you've tried memorizing Scripture and given up, try again using these seven simple steps: (1) Choose a time when your mind is free from outside distractions. (2) Learn the reference by repeating it every time you say the verse. Numbers are more difficult to remember than words. (3) Read each verse through several times-both in a whisper and aloud. Hearing yourself say the words helps cement them in your mind. (4) Break the passage into its natural phrases. Learn the reference, then the first phrase. Then repeat the reference and the first phrase as you go to the second phrase. Continue adding phrases one by one. (5) Learn a little bit perfectly, rather than a great deal poorly. Don't go on to the next verse until you can say the previous one perfectly. (6) Review the verse immediately. Twenty to thirty minutes later repeat what you've memorized. Before the day has ended, firmly fix the verse in your mind by going over it fifteen to twenty times. (You can do this while you're driving.) (7) Use the verse orally as soon as possible. The purpose of Scripture memorization is a practical one, not academic. Use the verse in conversation, in correspondence, in everyday opportunities. Relate what you've learned to your daily situation. You'll be thrilled with the results.

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