Why Memorize?

Fourteen Reasons to Memorize a Book of the Bible

by Andy Naselli, on The Gospel Coalition

1. It renews your mind with God’s viewpoint.

2. It forces you to meditate on the text phrase by phrase—a recipe for illumination.

3. It helps you think about the tone of the text.

4. It helps you trace the argument for a whole book of the Bible.

5. It helps you see lexical and thematic connections within that book of the Bible.

6. It helps you see lexical and thematic connections within other books of the Bible.

7. It helps you kill sin.

8. It helps you counsel, teach, and preach more accurately.

9. It helps you counsel, teach, and preach more powerfully.

10. It enables you to recite the Bible while looking people in the eye.

11. It helps you refute error.

12. It helps you pray extended portions of Scripture.

13. It strengthens your mind.

14. It makes God’s Word more precious to you.

After you spend hundreds of hours with a book of the Bible, it becomes even sweeter to you. Memorizing it helps you treasure it.

From Head To Heart

November 7, 2012 — by Julie Ackerman Link
Your Word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.Psalm 119:11
My childhood piano teacher was a stickler for memorization. Being able to play a piece without error was not enough. I had to play several pieces flawlessly by memory. Her reasoning was this: She didn’t want her students to say, when asked to play, “I’m sorry, I don’t have my music with me.”

As a child, I also memorized Bible passages, including Psalm 119:11. Due to my limited understanding, I believed that simple memorization would keep me from sin. I worked hard at memorizing verses, and I even won a Moody Bible Story Book as an award.

Although memorizing the Bible is a good habit to develop, it’s not theact of memorizing that keeps us from sin. As I learned soon after my winning efforts, having the words of Scripture in my head made little difference in my behavior. In fact, instead of victory over sin, knowledge alone generated feelings of guilt.

Eventually I realized that the Word of God had to spread through my whole being. I needed to internalize Scripture, to hide it “in my heart” the way a musician does a piece of music. I had to live the Bible as well as I could quote it. As God’s Word spreads from our heads to our hearts, sin loses its power over us.

O Lord, my God, may Your Word become so
much a part of me that obedience comes
naturally and cheerfully from my heart.
Change me and mold me into Your image.
Let God’s Word fill your memory, rule your heart,
and guide your life.

22 Benefits to Read, Meditate and Memorize the Bible

From RevTrev.com   http://revtrev.com/life-above-the-negativity/22-benefits-to-read-meditate-and-memorize-the-bible/

When you start thinking about the benefits of the Bible you could mention just about every benefit you find out about in the Word, because reading about it in the Bible means it’s a benefit from reading the Bible.

“But,” I thought, “What does the Bible say are the benefits of reading, meditating and memorizing it?” Here’s 22 benefits I’ve found in the Bible about Reading, Meditating and Memorizing the Bible.

1. We are less likely to sin.

Psalm 119:9-11 How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word. I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.

2. We mature in Christ.

1 Peter 2:2 Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation,

3. We are built up.

Acts 20:32 “Now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.

4. Our peace increases.

Psalm 85:8 I will listen to what God the LORD will say; he promises peace to his people, his saints—but let them not return to folly.

5. We learn what the will of God is.

Ephesians 3:2-5 Surely you have heard about the administration of God’s grace that was given to me for you, that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly. In reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, which was not made known to men in other generations as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to God’s holy apostles and prophets.

6. We are pruned (cleaned, disciplined).

John 15:2-3 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you.

7. We are given the path to success.

Joshua 1:7 Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go.

8. We prosper in what we do after delighting ourselves in His word.

Psalm 1:1-3 Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.

9. We have a lamp for our feet and a light for our path.

Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.

10. We have faith.

Romans 10:17 Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.

11. We are warned how to live.

1 Corinthians 10:11 These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the fulfillment of the ages has come.

12. We’re equipped for every good work.

2 Timothy 3:14-17 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

13. We get endurance, encouragement and hope.

Romans 15:4 For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.

14. We don’t stumble.

Psalm 119:165 Great peace have they who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.

15. We’re blessed.

Revelations 1:3 Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.

16. We can know we have eternal life…and what that means today.

1 John 5:13-15 I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.

17. We can teach and admonish one another with wisdom.

Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.

18. We are sanctified (made holy, set apart).

John 17:18-18 Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world.

19. The Word defeats the power of darkness.

Ephesians 6:17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. (see Matthew 4:3-11)

20. The Word judges the thoughts and attitude of the heart.

Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

21. The Word brings God’s purposes to pass.

Isaiah 55:10-11 As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

22. God’s Word brings joy.

Jeremiah 15:16 When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight, for I bear your name, O LORD God Almighty.

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