When I was a new Christian, I heard Chuck Swindoll say that the single most powerful thing you could do for your spiritual walk is to memorize Scripture.
So I began to study and memorize God’s Word, and I saw the power quickly. Not my power, but things that God did in my life that I knew were because of His Word working in me.
Later, I joined Bible teacher Beth Moore and a few thousand of our closest friends in a structured corporate Scripture memory program where we each memorized 24 verses throughout the calendar year. That was extremely helpful for providing encouragement and motivation.
So, over the years that I have been memorizing Scripture, I have been amazed at the power of the Sword of the Spirit.
And now, a breakthrough…
Last year, Beth Moore published James, the latest of her intensive video-driven Bible studies. However, this time she did something different: she structured the study to allow five different levels of participation, which catered to both those who did not have much time as well as those who wanted to go deeper.
The Level 5 task was to memorize the book of James.
Sounds daunting, right? I thought so too. Until God revealed something incredible.
I did not think I was up to memorizing James during the study, because I was not very familiar with the book. I had read it, sure, but never studied it in depth. Mostly because of verse 1:2. 😉
So I just read it. Every morning I read the entire book of James out loud. That’s it. I did not try to analyze it or work on memorizing it, I just read it straight through, out loud.
Then, when I went to memorize it, it only took 25 days.
I will write more and explain the techniques I used to memorize it, but the most important nugget from this is –
Read God’s Word out loud.
There is awesome power in the spoken Word of God.