Memorizing Scripture is one of the most profitable exercises that a Christian can set his or her mind to. But, if you’re like me, you’ve been hit or miss in your efforts at memorization.
For some time now, God has convicted me concerning my lack of regular, disciplined memorization of God’s Word. Though it has been one of the most fruitful endeavors in the past for me, my efforts in memorization have been dismal, to say the least, because of a lack of discipline and structure.
Until Now …
I have decided to embark on a journey to memorize the book of Titus, beginning today. My long-term goal is to memorize all 3 of the pastoral epistles. To start small, I decided to take the shortest of the three — Titus.
The book of Titus is 46 verses long. With a pace of 1 verse per day, with 1 day off per week, it will take 8 weeks to memorize this book. I am using Andy Davis’ “An Approach To Extended Memorization of Scripture” to guide my structure and how I am going about memorizing this book.
In order to help me, and to offer a resource to you if you are interested in memorizing this book too, I have created a little booklet with some introductory instructions, followed by the full text of the book of Titus from the English Standard Version (ESV).
The way that this document is meant to be used is with a moleskine journal (or any similar small journal). Simply cut out the pages (there are 4 per page, designed to fit on any moleskine journal) and paste/tape the page to the left side of your journal. Leave the right side blank for any comments, questions, notes, or prayers that you may want to jot down as you’re memorizing that section of Scripture.
Below are a few pictures to give you an idea of what I’m talking about. These pictures are from a guy that used this approach to memorize Ephesians, but you will get the idea.
Are You Ready?
So what about you? Are you ready to commit to putting a book of God’s Word to memory, meditating on it while you are memorizing it, and storing it in your heart for the Lord to work in and through you by His Word?
If so, I would encourage you to join me for this journey. I’m beginning today. But you can being whenever it works for you. I designed the document in such a way that you can adapt it to whenever and however you are able to begin.
As Andy Davis says, “You are about to embark on one of the most searching and rewarding exercises of spiritual and mental labor anyone could ever a empt: the memorizing of whole chapters and books of the Bible. This effort will challenge you to the depths of your being. Not simply be- cause memorizing is hard work (it is), but because the verses themselves will search your souls with the light of God’s perfect Word.”
Amen! Lord, use your Word in the life of Your servant.