Planning to Internalize God's Word in your Heart
Last Sunday I challenged us, from Proverbs 2, to internalize God’s word in our heart. I spoke about how we often depend too much on our smartphones or even the luxury of owning a Bible. As a result, we merely reference the Scriptures, rather than internalize them. However, Proverbs 2 shows us that when we internalize God’s word through memorization and meditation, the following benefits ensue.
- We will grow in our relationship with the Lord (vv. 5-8)
- We will be transformed in our Character (vv. 9-11)
- We will be delivered from the paths of death (vv. 12-19)
- We will be established on the path of life (vv. 20-22)
Yet, the difficulty is disciplining ourselves in the practice of Scripture memorization. So where do we begin? Below I give three ways that you can start internalizing God’s word today.
1.) Find a Partner.
The Christian life is not meant to be lived alone. We’re called to live out our faith in community. Therefore, don’t try to memorize Scripture by yourself. Find someone here at the church that wants to internalize the word with you. Once you find a partner, you’ll have a level of accountability and motivation, which is necessary if you want to go the distance.
2.) Find a Plan.
Not only will you need a partner, but you will need a plan of attack. Fortunately, there are several helpful resources to help guide you in memorizing Scripture. Below are just a few that I have found beneficial.
- Fighter Verses – A resource from Desiring God. The Fighter Verses focus on 1) the character and worth of our great God, 2) battling against our fleshly desires, and 3) the hope of the Gospel. This five-year memory program is broken down into five sets with one verse or passage per week.
- 50 passages that every Christian should know - Here's a document someone gave me this week. This may be a good place to start if you've never memorized Scripture before.
- AWANA – While this resource is what we use for our children on Wednesday nights, adults will benefit from memorizing these verses as well. If your child is already involved in AWANA, follow along with their memorization schedule.
- How to memorize an entire book of the Bible – Andy Naselli, a professor at Bethlehem Seminary and College, has provided his method for memorizing an entire book of the Bible. Certainly, such a challenge is not for the faint of heart, but I promise you it has eternal rewards.
3.) Find a Time.
Finally, you must put your plan into action. As the adage states, “If you aim for nothing, you’ll hit it every time.” So aim for the target! Work with your partner to establish a daily or weekly schedule where you give yourself to Scripture memorization. If you stick to that plan, you’ll then establish a pattern for your life, which will make your paths straight.