What could be more powerful than equipping your brain with the lasting truths of the Bible? Sadly, we often become discouraged and give up, thinking we just can’t memorize things anymore. I’m here to tell you – don’t give up! You can do it! And what a life-changer it is to know and speak God’s rich truth from the wellspring of your heart and mind. I use the DART method to help me memorize.
“D” stands for deliberate. Make a decision that you are going to memorize scripture and be deliberate and diligent to do it. Just as you may determine to reach certain goals in your life, you can also determine in your heart that memorizing scripture is a worthy goal and press on to accomplish it.
“A” stands for accountability. Ask at least one person to be your accountability partner. When you know someone is going to require you to say your verse or verses, it helps you stay on track and come through with your goals. You can ask a friend or your spouse, or consider forming a small scripture memory group to recite scripture together.
“R” stands for repetition. Reviewing and repeating the passage each day, helps to seal it into your brain. I typically review a passage for 21 days to make sure I really have it down, then I review it once a week to make sure I continue to keep it fresh. You will want to repeat the passage you are learning several times throughout your day. Print it out and put the verses in places where you will see it. This will spur your mind on to repeat them.
“T” stands for technique. There are many tricks and techniques to help you memorize verses, and you will need to discover what works best for you. I like to use silly pictures to help me remember the words of a passage. Here’s an example of how I draw pictures for a verse. This is Romans 12:3, “For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.”
Other techniques include singing the verse, acting it out, writing it over and over, speaking it aloud several times a day. Try several methods and see which one resonates with you.
God’s word is living and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword. Just as a dart can penetrate into our skin, so the word of God penetrates our heart and changes our lives. Below you will find my latest video on Knowing Him through scripture memory, and remember – with God’s help you can do it!