Why memorize?

Why memorize?  This list of Reasons from Scripture Memory Fellowship


Memorizing the Word of God makes it instantly accessible in every situation and for every need.

  1. Memorizing Scripture is specifically commanded by God: “These words which I command thee this day shall be in thine heart: and thou shalt teach them diligently to thy children” (Deut. 6:6,7). “Lay up His words in thine heart” (Job 22:22b).
  2. Memorizing Scripture enlightens darkened hearts: “And that from a child thou hast known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus” (2 Tim. 3:15). The word burns and smites (Jer. 23:29), pierces and discovers (Heb. 4:12).
  3. Memorizing Scripture inculcates conviction on the standard of values and righteous­ness as being absolute and unchanging: “Therefore I esteem all Thy precepts concerning all things to be right; and I hate every false way” (Ps. 119:128). Read Isaiah 55:8, 9.
  4. Memorizing Scripture restores broken lives: “He sent His word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions” (Ps. 107:20).
  5. Memorizing Scripture helps spiritual growth: “As newborn babes, desire the sin­cere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby” (1 Pet. 2:2). The “strong meat” of the Word for those who go on to Christian maturity (Heb. 5:12).
  6. Memorizing Scripture makes for an effectual prayer life: “If ye abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you” (Jn. 15:7).
  7. Memorizing Scripture motivates spontaneous witnessing: “Then I said, I will not make mention of Him, nor speak any more in His name. But His word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay” (Jer. 20:9).
  8. Memorizing Scripture promotes fruitfulness: “But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it [keep it in memory], and bring forth fruit with patience” (Lu. 8: 15).
  9. Memorizing Scripture makes continual meditation possible: “But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in His law doth he meditate day and night” (Ps. 1:2).
  10. Memorizing Scripture affords comfort and strength in time of trouble: “Unless Thy law had been my delights. I should then have perished in mine affliction” (Ps. 119:92).
  11. Memorizing Scripture guards against sin: “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against Thee” (Ps. 119: 11).
  12. Memorizing Scripture provides wisdom and guidance for daily living: “Lo, they have rejected the word of the Lord; and what wisdom is in them?” (Jer. 8:9). Read James 3:17.
  13. Memorizing Scripture equips for spiritual warfare: The covering of truth, the breastplate or righteousness, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, the sword or the Spirit (Eph. 6: 11-17).
  14. Memorizing Scripture is exemplified by Christ: When tempted by the devil, He said, “It is written,” and then He gave the Scripture (Matt. 4).

Do not talk yourself out of it. God has commanded it; we must do it! Use our plan, or use your own plan, but by all means, MEMORIZE!


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