God has some things he wants me to know. He has some things he wants you to have an in-depth understanding of – that’s why we’re memorizing. And it’s here – in the book of James, Chapter 2. So we begin,
My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism.
Interesting – God’s going to speak to us about favoritism. What a hot topic in our world today! He’s got to things he wants to teach us and he wants us to really get this – that’s why we’re memorizing it. God’s going to use this truth as we go about our lives – watch for him. He’s moving.
Some suggestions for how to memorize:
I’ll be writing everything we have memorized down every week – it helps me get most of the words right as I write them over and over.
I also write them on index cards and put them in my car. Every car ride with me is a Sword Fighting Class, whether I’m alone or not. I have to say them out loud, too, because otherwise they just don’t stick. So I will say the new verse several times and then add it to the verses I’ve already memorized and say all of it several times. Depending on how long the car ride is, I will also start with Chapter 1 and go all the way through at least once a week to review it all and keep the communication channels with God wide open.
I have discovered that one of the huge blessings of memorizing scripture is that the verse numbers and chapter numbers fall away and I am hearing the scripture like it was told to the Israelites back when it was written. God’s word flows and ebbs so much better without all of the stops and spaces. It makes so much more sense.