10 Reasons Why It’s Important to Memorize Scripture
Written by Christi Given | September 29, 2016
Memorizing Bible verses is easy for some people and more challenging for others, but regardless, it’s important for every believer’s faith walk and journey. Why should we as Christians memorize Scripture? The Bible says to write God’s Word on the tablets of our hearts and in our minds (Deuteronomy 11:18).
When we rehearse Scripture, we are able to recall God’s truth. The Bible tells us in Ephesians 6 to put on the whole armor of God so we can stand in the days of evil. When we wear God’s truth and clothe ourselves in righteousness, we will have right thinking (helmet of salvation), and will not be as easily tempted to fall for the lies of the enemy. We will always face trials and temptation, but having scripture at the forefront of our minds will make life much better because we will have God’s peace and strength.
When we read God’s Word, we’ll have more of a chance of obeying God’s Word, which leads to blessings. In Deuteronomy 28, there is a list of promises God had written out in the Old Testament if His people heeded to His commands:
If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on earth. All these blessings will come on you and accompany you if you obey the Lord your God: You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country…. (Deuteronomy 28:1-3)
When you study God’s Word, you will know how to make better decisions. The Bible is like a lamp unto our feet on a dark path when we don’t know where to go: “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” (Psalm 119:105).
The Word of God is God’s spoken Word to his people, documented by human vessels who preserved the testimonies, prophesies and letters of Jesus’ followers. God preserved His Word for us after many many generations so that we, too, could hear God’s voice and instruction and be led to everlasting life. God is able to keep His Word because He is the creator.
Why should we read the Old and New Testaments and not other spiritual books? The Bible is the oldest and most accurate (reliable and credible) source that has more than 300 prophecies before Christ’s time that have been proven through the birth, death and resurrection of the Messiah in the New Testament. The Bible is B-asic I-nstructions B-efore L-eaving E-arth. It is a blueprint for our lives and is full of God’s knowledge and many lessons learned from people who followed the Lord.
Do you want to know your purpose? I suggest reading the Word to understand your royal position, like Queen Esther did, “for such a time is this” (Esther 4:14) on the earth right now in history. You are on earth for a reason! God loves you and wants you to share His love and truth with others around you! Your purpose is to glorify God with your gifts He gave you! You can do it!
As we share our gifts with others, we will shine God’s light and his message called the Gospel. (The Gospel means “good news.”) The bad news is we all sin and fall short of God’s glory and holiness, and the good news is Jesus (God’s one and only son) died on the cross for you, shedding His blood, representing life that overcomes sin and death. He rose on the third day, proving He was the Messiah and the Christ, and now we can have eternal life with God. The Lord repairs and restores us because God is love.
We need to share this message to a lost, dying world. People need hope. As we read God’s Word, our faith is increased. (Faith comes by hearing and hearing the Word— Romans 10:17.) Let us dive deep into the Word daily (our daily bread), so that we can stay close to our Lord, amen? (Psalm 23)
Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ. (Romans 10:17)
10 Important Reasons to Memorize Scripture
1. The Bible commands us to. How can we know God if we don’t study His Word? How can we hear His voice if we don’t heed His instruction? We must put on God’s whole armor. (Read Ephesians 6.)
2. When we obey God’s Word, there is a blessing attached to it. (Read the full Deuteronomy chapter 28!)
3. The Bible will guide our path. The Bible says, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” Don’t know where to go? Go to God’s Word for guidance. (Read Psalm 119:105.)
4. God’s Word is breathed by God. The Bible is all-powerful and is for the use of correcting, guiding, warning and the building up for our lives and faith walk. We must adhere to the Word if we want to become more like Jesus. (Read John 1.)
5. The Bible is the Lord Jesus in Word form. Jesus is the expressed Word in human form. God sent His son Jesus (the truth) to deliver His people like Moses from bondage and sin (Egypt), and spoke to the prophets that one day the Messiah (Yeshua) would die and rise again for the deliverance of sins as the final sacrificial lamb and high priest. (Read John 1.)
6. The Bible gives us wisdom. If you need wisdom and discernment, the Word of God will reveal the knowledge of God’s will and His plan. We need wisdom always. If you want to specifically become more wise, read the book of Proverbs (aka the book of wisdom). (Read James 1:5 in the Bible.)
7. God’s Word is full of promises and He never breaks His covenant. Do you want to know God’s promises for your life? You must examine what the people before us in the biblical days have done. Learn what worked and what didn’t work by reading their stories and testimonies, and then apply it to your life so you can grow in wisdom. Can I get an amen?
8. We can understand our calling and purpose through the Word. The Lord says we are His witnesses, ambassadors, soldiers, a royal priesthood, His Sons and daughters to declare His works of light to a dark world! You will know your purpose when you understand who you belong to and who you answer to! Amen?
9. We can share it with others: Believers in God and in His son the Messiah Yeshua, Jesus Christ, are allowed to share the mission of the Lord to save the world for eternity. The “Great Commission” is to share this message and to baptize people in the name of the Father, the Son (Jesus) and the Holy Spirit. The spirit comes when we believe and receive God. This good news isn’t to keep to ourselves, but rather to share it with friends, family, neighbors, our peers and co-workers! Amen? (Read Matthew 28:16-20.)
10. God’s Word gives us hope and His Word is eternal and unbroken. Psalm 119:89 says, “Your word, Lord, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens.” (Read Romans 10:17.)
PI Girls, do you read the Bible daily? If so, why is it important to feed yourself spiritually?