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THE ULTIMATE SPIRITUAL EXERCISE

By October 23, 2016 5 Comments

spiritual exerciseThe most influential mentors of the Christian faith agree on one thing: there is a single, solitary, slam dunk way to strengthen your faith.

Chuck Swindoll, no slouch when it comes to spiritual formation said, “I know of no other single practice in the Christian life more rewarding. No other single exercise pays greater spiritual dividends.”

Dallas Willard, the late guru of spiritual practices said, “Its absolutely fundamental to spiritual formation. It fills our mind with what it needs.”

What is this ultimate exercise that accelerates spiritual growth?

Top In Recommendation Lowest In Practice

Memorization.

Memorizing Bible verses is like an intense gym workout. It will stretch your mind and grow your reserve of faith.

Dr. Howard Hendricks said that if he had his druthers every student would need to memorize one thousand verses in order to graduate from Dallas Theological Seminary.

Why then is memorizing verses from the Bible at the bottom of most Christians’ priority list?baby weights

The Bible And You

I teach a class at North Pointe called “The Bible And You.” I show how you can get the most out of your Bible. I gave the participants a memorization exercise.  They were to commit to memory all of John 1:1-12. None had memorized it before.

Why memorization? Because “faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.” Romans 10:17

I chose the verses because they are the most succinct Bible statements about creation and the nature and work of Jesus.

A week later the class showed up and each one quoted all of the verses.

What happened next was unexpected.

Unexpectedly Great

Each one shared their experiences about memorizing. They entered the exercise without much enthusiasm. They emerged as raving fans.

Their genuine enthusiasm for what happened in their lives was palpable.

It was a very fulfilling moment for me.

7 Passionate Endorsements For Memorization

* “Memorizing brought the verses to life. It made the verses feel like 3D. They had substance to them.”

* “I was engaged with the Bible like I hadn’t been before. It was more than a memorizing exercise. It was a spiritual experience.”

* “Thinking about my life and my problems the verses said to me, “God’s got this.””

* “I felt drawn to God memorizing them. I felt like God was saying to me, “You are one of mine.””

* “I had a new appreciation for the Bible and for God.”

* “It started as just words. But when I memorized them and repeated them and took them into my heart, it clicked with me.”

* “He was in the world and the world was made by him and the world knew him not. He came unto his own and his own received him not.” I felt the sadness in that verse. That’s how God feels.”

If I had to choose between all the disciplines of the spiritual life, I would choose memorization.

Bible Memorization Is:

i) absolutely fundamental to spiritual formation.

ii) an effective way of filling our minds with what it needs.

iii) simultaneously an intellectual process and a spiritual experience.

Here’s some tips to make memorization work for you.Bible memorization

6 Tips On Memorization Techniques

1. Include the reference. Say it at the beginning and the end when reading or speaking so that it is included in your memorization.

2. Write the verse on an index card – or several index cards. Post your verse where you will see it throughout the day.

  • Clip it to your page marker in your Daily planner. .
  • Post it above your sink in the kitchen.
  • Add it to your mirror in the bathroom where you brush your teeth.
  • Email it to your mobile devise
  • Type it into a “stickie” on your desktop.

3. Memorize a verse at a time. This is especially helpful on longer verses or passages. Break the verse down into logical phrases to make it easier to remember. Once you have one phrase memorized, add the next one.

4. Read your memory verse or say it out loud. Over and over and over and over.

5. Share it with someone. Think of someone in your life who would benefit from hearing the verse you’re memorizing.

6. Have someone check you to ensure that you are memorizing correctly.

Getting Started

Ready to go? Start with Psalm 23. The verses are familiar so they should help you get an early win under your belt.

See what the Shepherd will say to you or do for you while you are memorizing.

What are you waiting for?

APPLICATION: Let me know your experience with memorizing Psalm 23. Leave your comment below. Thank you.


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Bob Jones

Author Bob Jones

Pastor at North Pointe Community Church for 27 years. Happily married to Jocelyn for 38 years. We have two adult sons, Cory and his wife Lynsey and their son Vinnie; Jean Marc and his wife Angie and their three gorgeous daughters, Quinn, Lena and Annora. I love being a pastor and inspiring faith in Jesus through communicating, blogging, counseling and coaching. I enjoy running, reading, writing and ball hockey. Fan of the Esks and Pats. Follow me on Twitter @bobjones49ers

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Join the discussion 5 Comments

  • Brian Glubish says:

    Pastor Bob! You really got my attention. “Pay attention and listen to the sayings of the wise; apply your heart to what I teach, for IT IS PLEASING WHEN YOU KEEP THEM IN YOUR HEART AND HAVE ALL OF THEM READY ON YOUR LIPS.”

  • Carole Schlachta says:

    I was reading your teaching and thought that crossed my mind was this:
    Being the living word it truly gives us life and life abundantly!
    Thank you Pastor Bob

  • bob jones says:

    Of all people you would know the value of this exercise. Memorizing the entire Book of Proverbs is a great spiritual workout. Glad to know I got your attention! I should have had YOU talk about the value of memorization/meditation.

  • bob jones says:

    The Word has a great way of doing that.

  • Brian Glubish says:

    You did ask me to consider contributing back at Sylvan. I will be speaking in a few weeks on the theme: Scripture As a Means of Grace. Keep inspiring others to join the Psalm 119:97 Club!

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