Perhaps you have made New Year resolutions to start memorizing Bible verses. I have memorized many Bible verses in the past. Unfortunately, I have forgotten many of them. I have a big stack of Bible verse cards with verses that I memorized that now are very difficult for me remember. I’m very good at memorizing. My difficulty is staying disciplined so that I retain in long-term memory instead of short-term memory (is it really memorizing, then?).

“According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” – 2 Peter 1:3, 4

God has provided everything we need to live a godly life. Bible promises provide access to God’s power in our actual life. But many times I feel there is a block between the promises I try to memorize and their fulfillment in my life.

I submit one simple idea: strive for quality, not necessarily quantity. The Bible should be read as God’s personal voice to us individually. Therefore, personalize the promises you memorize. Put the words I and me in the verse. I believe this can get some of us over the hump. If we memorize because we have a personal investment in the promises, they will be of much more benefit than if we just memorize out of obligation. We will know God better, and our character will grow.

“In His promises and warnings, Jesus means me. God so loved the world, that he gave His only-begotten Son, that I by believing in Him, might not perish, but have everlasting life. The experiences related in God’s word are to be my experiences. Prayer and promise, precept and warning, are mine. “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I life; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me.” Gal. 2:20. As faith thus receives and assimilates the principles of truth, they become a part of the being and the motive power of the life. The word of God, received into the soul, molds the thoughts, and enters into the development of character.” – Desire of Ages, p. 390.5.

What is your experience with memorizing Bible verses?

Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.