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Bible Study Tips and Memorization for Christians

1. Knowledge Is Power
Memorizing scripture is the best defense/offense plan for spiritual warfare. When tempted by the devil in the wilderness, Jesus answered three times with, "It is written…." (Matt. 4:1-11) Satan also quoted scripture, but Jesus knew it was quoted out of context and gave the correct response. If we know the Bible well, we are less likely to yield to temptations.

"Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee." Psalm 119:11
2. Strength and Comfort
Memorizing scripture will help you through emotional hurdles. When emotional problems threatened to overwhelm me about 25 years ago, I looked to the Bible for help. I located several verses on the mind and emotions and began to learn them one by one. In a year, I had about 100 I could recall almost word perfect! Those verses have carried me through many troubled waters." -- Louise

"For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." 2 Tim. 1:7
3. Plan Outline
Here´s a good Bible Memorization Plan:

1) Choose a topic;
2) Find a verse and write it on a card;
3) Read the verse several times for meaning;
4) Set the verse aside until tomorrow;
5) Read the verse phrase by phrase, looking away from it as you begin to remember the words. Repeat several times;
6) Do this for five days in a row, or until you can remember the whole verse and its "address" (reference) without a prompt;
7) Use weekends to review memorized verses.
4. Procrastinate No Longer!
Whatever your age, you can benefit from memorizing scripture. It may take a bit longer to learn and retain a verse if you´re older, but with steady effort you will have several verses in just a few weeks that you can recall on demand. For us seniors, an added benefit is that our memory verses can also serve as a sleep aid. Much better than counting sheep!

"I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches." Psalm 63:6
5. Telling Truth From Error
Bank tellers are taught to discern counterfeit money by handling real money. It is the same with God´s word. Read it regularly, study it, and memorize it. You will able to discern spiritual error because you are familiar with the truth.

"Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." 2 Tim. 2:15
6. Useful Illustration on Why Memorize?
"There was a farmer, had a dog, and Bingo was" NOT "his name, oh!" It was Buttermilk. He also had another named Midnight. The cruel farmer would stage dog fights every few weeks and take bets on which would win, and he always came out with the highest winnings.
Many years later, the aged farmer expressed regret to a friend at how he had treated his dogs. When the friend asked how he´d always known which dog would win, he replied, "No mystery ´bout it. The winner was always the one I´d fed that morning. I´d let the other one do without a day before the fight."
The moral? Your spiritual battles will be won or lost today, depending on what you have been feeding your soul up until now.

"Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee." Psalm 119:11
7. Review To Retain
When memorizing scripture, you´ll need a review plan. This is vital in retaining what you have learned. At the beginning you will have only a few verses to review. In six months you will have many. If you use index cards, divide them into sections, about 5 in each. To keep the retention process ongoing, aggressively review one section per weekend, reading through the remaining ones only once or twice.
8. Rotation Review
As you memorize scripture and your Bible verse cache increases, you may want to review the older ones less often, maybe monthly instead of weekly. As more accumulate, move those over to a three-month review plan. Put newer ones in the monthly cache. All this review is well worth the work! There is nothing more valuable than the peace of mind the Lord gives us through his Word.

Psalm 119:15-16, "I will meditate in thy precepts...I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word."
9. Step 1--Set Realistic Goals
When memorizing scripture, one or two verses a week is a good goal for most people. If you try too much, you may get overwhelmed. Memorize through the week and use weekends for review. Spend extra review time whenever you feel you haven´t learned a verse well enough to go on.

Proverbs 16:3, "Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established."
10. Step 2--Choose a Topic
When memorizing scripture, choose Bible verses that will help you. If you worry, try Isaiah 26:3, "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee." To find a verse, first think of a key word. For example, for verses relating to mental or emotional stress, look up "mind" or "heart" in a concordance. Many Bibles include a concordance, though not all have good ones.
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