Get God’s Word from Your Head to Your Heart!
By Julie Morris, RN –
Louis was my frightened patient. He was dying of cancer inch by inch. Every morning I had to do a 45-minute treatment on him, which required both of my hands. It happened over 20 years ago, but I can still see the desperate look on Louis’ face as he pleaded, “Tell me a verse from the Bible so I won’t be so scared.” I hate to admit it, but even though I had been a Christian for almost 10 years, I hadn’t memorized anything except John 3:16 and part of the 23rd Psalm. After I fumbled my way through those few verses, I went home and started spending a few minutes every day memorizing Scripture so I would be prepared to apply this healing salve to my patients’ wounds. But I didn’t realize that doing this would also provide healing for a lot of my wounds as well.
Hebrews 4:12 tells us that the Word of God is living and active, sharper than any double-edged sword. It penetrates to the deepest part of us and dissects our innermost thoughts and attitudes.
God’s Word is a razor-sharp scalpel that can remove malignant thoughts. These thoughts can kill our spirits, harm our bodies, contaminate our attitudes and spread to every part of our being. But we must submit ourselves to his Word and allow God to use it to heal our hurts. One of the most effective ways to do this is to memorize Scripture.
How to Memorize
I’ve found that the best way to memorize Scripture is to determine to spend just three minutes a day doing it. I started out by trying to memorize a few short passages every week, and that didn’t work. I got frustrated because I kept forgetting the verses that I had already learned. It was upsetting when I thought that I had certain verses neatly stored in my head, but when I tried to pull them out, they were nowhere to be found. I didn’t understand two important things: everyone loses what they memorize unless they have a photographic memory, and those things aren’t lost permanently, they’re just temporarily covered up.
Why We Forget What We Memorized
When we memorize, pathways are established in our brains that can actually be visualized with special microscopes. After a few minutes other things fall on the path that was established. Soon the clutter obliterates the pathway, but it is still there. We just need to brush it off a little.
Now, when I forget what I memorized the day before, I don’t have to waste valuable time fretting over my bad memory. I can rest assured that the pathway is still there, so I get to work brushing it off as I brush up on the passage.
I am amazed to see how memorizing God’s Word has changed my life. Because I consistently memorize it, God’s promises are there inside of me to encourage me and help me to trust him. His commands spring into my mind to keep me from getting off track. When I hear something contrary to Scripture, I know it and can often point to specific verses that refute it. When I am praying, I am able to pray back Scripture word by word. I believe that this is the most effective type of praying, because I am using God’s very own words. At night when I can’t sleep, I don’t count sheep; I recall Scriptures that help me to relax. I don’t even have to cut the light on and wake up my husband to do it.
The most significant reason for memorizing Scripture is that there is no better way to absorb God’s Word into our minds, and get it from our heads to our hearts, than to memorize it. That’s why memorizing is called learning it by heart!
Adapted from From Worthless to Worthy by Julie Morris (New Hope) www.worthlesstoworthy.com
Julie Morris is the author of 12 books and a popular motivational speaker. Go to www.findjulie.com to hear a sample of her speaking and see a list of her favorite topics. © 2010