David wrote Psalm 119 and included a powerful example for us: when we know God’s word (hide it in our hearts) we recall it in times where we are tempted to sin. I know this to be true in my life. Moments when I’m discouraged I remember verses about how treasured I am, and that God calls me his child. In moments when I get angry, I recall verses about being slow to anger (James 1:19) and in my anger do not sin (Ephesians 4:26).
Often, we post verses as blogs at ACL that we think you would be wise to memorize. This is one of those posts.
A few tricks I’ve learned over the years to help are: 1. Write the verses on my mirror at home with a dry erase marker. 2. Print the verses out and keep on my desk at work and in my car. 3. Set calendar reminders to read that week’s verse.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Ephesians 2:8-9 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
Philippians 4:13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 12:1-2 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Psalms 119:11 I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.
John 1:12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—
Philippians 4:19 And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.
John 15:7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.
Psalms 119:105 Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.
Philippians 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
Galatians 6:9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
Hiding God’s Word in our hearts allows us to remember God’s perfect word in the times when the enemy seeks to steal the truth from us. Make the effort to begin today!
What are some of the tricks you’ve used to memorize scripture?