Think of something you’ve “memorized” without really trying. Movie lines? Song lyrics? Recipes? Now, let me ask you – How did you do it? Maybe a more telling question is – How did you not do it? You did not memorize a movie line without watching the movie first. You did not memorize a line in a song without first listening to the song. You did not memorize a recipe one ingredient at a time.
Whether we’re talking about lines from a movie, lyrics to a song, or ingredients and steps to a recipe – you didn’t start with memorizing. You started with internalizing. You started with knowing it, understanding it, even loving it! When you apply the same mindset and approach to the Bible you – yes, YOU! – will be able to remember way more verses, chapters, and whole books than you ever thought possible.
DISCLAIMER: This one blog post isn’t meant to be a book. It’s a blog post. I have written entire books on my approach to reading, enjoying, studying, and internalizing the Bible. After reading this post, if you’re interested in more, I would recommend starting with this book, then move on to this book. And if you’re a video person, I’ve put the entire method together into a series called Relational Bible Study™. You can check that out here.
Today we’re going to look at the five guidelines that will help you internalize and memorize one Bible verse…or one hundred! These are the same guidelines I have used to internalize more than ten entire books of the Bible over the last 25 years.