1. Memorize One Verse Each Week
While memorizing Scripture may bring back not-your-best memories of Sunday school or Awana, there is a reason why so many churches teach this to children. Having Scripture memorized is an effective tool in both spiritual growth, as well as spiritual warfare.
By slowly adding to your mental library of Scripture, you will give yourself the tools you need to grow in knowledge of God and His Word. How better to know God more intimately than to commit timeless truths about His nature to memory? Whenever you experience doubts, struggles, or temptations, you are armed with God’s truth to encourage and remind yourself of who God is and who you are.
Furthermore, memorizing Scripture will equip you for the spiritual battles that you will inevitably face. Take Jesus’ example in Matthew 4, as the enemy tempted Him in the wilderness. How did Jesus respond to the lies and temptations of the enemy? He recited Scripture that He had memorized!
If Jesus did it, we should probably do it too.
The enemy will use the same tricks He tried to use against Jesus—to tempt you. He will distort Scripture and lie to you. By having God’s Word both in your head and heart, you will be prepared to defend yourself with the Sword.
Memorizing one verse per week is a micro-habit because it requires very little time. Select a verse each Sunday or Monday (whichever makes you happy), and spend five minutes committing it to memory. Consider writing it down on a sticky note or on your phone. Then, each day, spend two or three minutes reciting the verse and committing it to memory. After about a week, you should know this verse like the back of your hand, and be ready to memorize a new one!
Consider memorizing Romans 8:1 to get yourself started. It is short, simple, and as profound as can be.
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