12 Tips for Memorizing Scripture
  1. Set it to music!
  2. Write the first letters of each word and try to repeat the passage with only those (it helps to include punctuation and capitalization as well). After you can read it using only the first letters, start marking the letters out and repeating it in spite of the gaps.
  3. Start with the first word, then, adding one word at a time, continually repeat the passage until you have come to its end and are able to repeat the entire thing from memory.
  4. Write and rewrite the passage, reading it aloud as you do so.
  5. Look for recognizable patterns in the text such as alphabetical ordering of words.
  6. Identify exceptional features such as something inconsistent with the general pattern or flow, or a peculiar wording or spelling.
  7. Love the content of the text and be able to apply it to your present situation. Use a version of the Bible which appeals to you personally and which is familiar. KJV is often easier to memorize from because of its poetical style and the fact that it is often quoted from--but many prefer a newer version. I like the NKJV.
  8. Relate it to things which are already familiar, for example if your birthday is June 7 and you are memorizing Galatians 6:7...you get the idea.
  9. Memorize it 3 times! Having about a week between sessions is best--a minimum of three days between is essential.
  10. Remember it and/or repeat it to others on appropriate occasions. If you don't use it, you lose it!
  11. Use as many of your five senses as possible while learning-read, write, say, hear, walk or pace while you speak it aloud!
  12. ASK THE HOLY SPIRIT TO HELP YOU. I have found it especially helpful to have an attitude of wanting to learn scripture in order to bless others.

"Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee." Psalm 119:11 KJV "O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day. Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever with me. I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation. I understand more than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts." Psalm 119:97-100 "Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them." Psalm 119:165

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