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Why Learn Bible Verses

It was easier to learn Bible verses in biblical times, before TV, hectic family schedules, Facebook, or smart phones!

To Learn Bible Verses is to think Thoughts from the Mind of God!

God has commanded us — not just once, but thousands of times — to know His Word “by heart”!

learn bible verses; it all began when God commanded His people to know His Word by heart

Learn bible verses; it began when God commanded us to know His Word by heart

What I’m proposing here is not effortless, but I’ve found this to be vastly more effective in my own Christian walk than any other way to learn Bible verses that method I’ve tried. I have found that by reading the same Scripture passages aloud just once a day, eventually I find that I have committed them to memory.

By the way, to learn Bible verses is nothing like how they made you memorize things when you were in school. There is a supernatural element to this. I’m serious. You gotta see this.

Everyone’s lifestyle is unique. I’m not suggesting that what I’m doing is the only way.

All I’m saying is, here’s what I’m doing — and it works! OK?

I have adopted a discipline of going to bed early so that I can rise early. I go to a place where I can talk to God out loud without disturbing others, and I read aloud several sets of Scripture passages. I read the same Scriptures every morning.

On one such morning, as I was speaking the Word of God out loud, a sudden realization came to me. (I’m certain it was a “nudge” from the Holy Spirit.)

I realized this: as I speak those Words of Scripture, I’m giving voice to Words that originated as Thoughts in the Mind of the infinite God in eternity past!

In that moment I realized: no human person ever had these thoughts before God did. He originated them long before they ever became words on paper.

Now, here comes the part I really want you to take hold of:

SPEAKING GOD’S WORDS LEADS TO THINKING GOD’S THOUGHTS!

By reading these same Scriptures just once a day, eventually I’m able to recite them from memory.

Thus I learn Bible verses without actually working at it!

ANYONE CAN DO THIS. YOU’RE READING THESE WORDS, THEREFORE YOU CAN LEARN BIBLE VERSES.

Let me just ask you: can you remember your phone number, your address, the birthdays of people you know, details of how to do your job, etc.?

If you can do those things, you can learn Bible verses!

DO NOT let the devil tell you that you can’t learn Bible verses! God never asks you to do something without equipping you to do it. Gods Word says you have a sound mind!

God has not given us a spirit of fear,
but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7)

He has given you a sound mind, and He says you can. The devil will work overtime to try to talk you out of it and convince you to the contrary.

I’ll write more about that in a future article.

Here’s where God’s heart is.

He wants us to know His Word. If we would read and meditate on these Words, He promises to reveal Himself to us. And that leads to what He really wants — the one thing we can give Him — an intimate relationship with Him.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1)

The Word was and IS God. His Word is literally a part of who He is. When we internalize His Word, we allow God Himself to come into our minds. In the vernacular of the Bible, this is called the “manifest presence” of God.

Here’s how Jesus gave that concept to us: (emphasis and definition added)

Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him. (John 14:21)

manifest: to show or demonstrate plainly; to reveal

What is Jesus saying? He’s promising that He will draw near to and reveal Himself in a personal way to whoever makes the commitment to know His Word.

But He cannot draw near to you in this way until you choose by faith to obey Him. The moment you do, He witnesses to His Spirit in you, and BAM! You know in your spirit, He’s right there! That’s His “manifest presence”.

We know that God is everywhere. He’s bigger than everything. Said another way, God “transcends” everything. That’s His “transcendent presence”. Indeed, He’s holding together every atom in the universe — including those of your body — moment-by-moment throughout time. But there’s no intimate personal relationship there.

How I wish I’d known all this when I was a boy. I was raised in a faith tradition that puts all the emphasis on religious rites and rituals, and no emphasis on actually applying biblical principles into everyday life. Thus I ignored the Bible for many decades of my life. Because I was ignorant of these truths back then, I’ve had some catching up to do.

But I’m getting there.

In contrast to how I used to be, let me share a “thought from the Mind of God” that reflects how I feel toward His Thoughts now. (I truly believe that God had me in His mind when He moved David to write these Words from Psalm 139):

17 How precious to me are Your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand.
I awake and I am still with You.” (Psalm 139:17-18)

And that’s how I begin every day. I don’t even set an alarm clock. As I go to bed, I just ask God to wake me when it’s time.

The next verse describes how my mornings begin. Note the underlined words:

The Lord God has given me the tongue of a disciple and of one who is taught, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him who is weary.
He wakens me morning by morning, He wakens my ear to hear as a disciple [as one who is taught]” (Isaiah 50:4 AMP)

The underlined words, “He wakens me morning by morning.” describe how I begin each day.

And so before breakfast, before my daily cardio workout, while it’s still dark outside and there are no worldly demands upon my time, I begin to feast on His Words:

Your words were found, and I ate them,
and your words became to me a joy
and the delight of my heart,
for I am called by your name,
O Lord, God of hosts.” (Jeremiah 15:16)

Dedicating the first portion of each day to God is a form of stewardship and tithing. Well, that’s how I view it. God has graciously given me another day to live for Him. So I choose to give the “first fruits” of the day to Him.

It does, however, mean I have to go to bed earlier.

To summarize, here are the main points I hope I made:

  • God has commanded us to memorize Bible verses, and thus know His Word by heart.
  • Scritpure memory is equivalent to thinking God’s thoughts.
  • Reading passages just once each day is an easy we to memorize Bible verses.
  • I also shared a few details of how I memorize Bible verses each day.

I haven’t said a word yet about the benefits of memorizing Bible verses.

But I’ve written plenty on that subject. The thing is, there are so many benefits, it’s impossible to list them all. So I picked a few that have been helpful to me, and written a separate article about each one.

Here’s a preview: Perfect peace; PERFECT!

God gives perfect peace to those who keep their minds upon Him. | Word Blessings | Scripture memory

When you keep your mind firmly fixed on God, he gives you His perfect peace. What a great deal that is! This is not just “Bible-speak”. This truly happens.

Given who God is, do you think His benefits will be trivial? Get ready to be amazed! I’m talking practical, beneficial, “I-need-this-right-now” benefits. It’s coming! Here’s a link to the first one:

Bible Truth sets you free: Bible Truth Sets You Free ►

~ Jan


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  • Emily November 15, 2015, 1:23 AM

    So many wonderful things happened the year i wrote out my favorite verses and spoke them aloud every day. How had i forgotten that? Thank you for the reminder.

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  • Lyjohn September 1, 2015, 7:40 AM

    she cannot hndlae working more than that. Since we knew she woudnt be able to pay rent with so little money we agreed that her rent would be to help me watch my 1 and a half yr old son. My husband works full time and then some and I stay home and take care of our son. The problem is that she is driving me crazy and I didn’t know she would be so much like a teenager. She has lived heRe 4 months now and I am 5 and a half months pregnant with our second child. I had the first baby two moths early and so I need to watch my stress level with this pregnancy so as not to go into labor early again but this girl really stresses me out because it is like pulling teeth to get her to help with anything other than watching my son a few hours a day while he naps. We have given her a car Too. For example when we needed her to get up just one hour early while we were at a hotel to watch our baby before his grandpa came to tAke him for the day she threw a fit in front of my sister. I am in a lot of pain during this pregnancy and I have to get a painful shot every week just to keep the baby in me and when a family from church was in crises I watched their two toddlers along with my own while she sat in the other room the whole time just watching me lift and care for them knowing I could not hndlae it but not helping. We asked her to watch all three toddlers once just for a half hour so I could run to the doctor and get my shot and she flat out said no, that it would be too much for her. I really don’t ask for much and treat her with respect but I cannot believe how selfish and lazy this person is. When she first moved in she said she was so hurt that her parents wanted her to file for social security money to live off of because they think something is mentally wrong with her. The slightest thing overwhelms her so either she really is mentally Ill, or just lazy I really don’t know but the thing is I am really hormonal right now and get very anxious now just having her in the same room. She lives in our basement but shares our kitchen bathroom and living room with us and I just can’t take it anymore. I feel like god might smite me for wanting her to leave. I need advice on whether it’s ok to tell her she has two months to find another place to live. I really don’t need her help taking care of my son anyway I was just trying to help her out. I am a person who needs lots of space and she has no personal bubble whatsoever. She just wants to sit there eating junk and watch tv in my living room when she isn’t working and has maybe two friends. I had no idea she would be around so constantly but I am worried she wont be able to find a place to go. If I were to ask someones advice who is not a Christian I know they’d say she isn’t my responsibility but I believe we are to lay down our lives for one another and bear each others burdens so I need Christian advice on wht is the right thing to do. Please help!

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  • Pam December 2, 2013, 5:26 AM

    Excellent post, Jan. I will definitely be mentioning it in a post on my blog. You give some great suggestions for getting to better know the heart and mind of God.

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