Daily Reflections

The Benefits of Scripture Memory

January 14, 2021 Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth

Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. —Colossians 3:2

One of the most valuable aids to meditating on Scripture is memorization. In fact, when I encounter someone who is battling discouragement or depression, I often ask, “Are you memorizing Scripture?” This exercise can change our perspective and attitude.

“But I can’t memorize,” some will respond. Don Whitney points out that the issue is not so much our ability to memorize as our motivation: “What if I offered you one thousand dollars for every verse you memorize in the next seven days?

Do you think your ability to memorize would improve? Any financial reward would be minimal compared to the value of the treasure of God’s Word deposited within your mind.”4

Scripture memory will bring about many benefits, including cleansing and renewing your mind; keeping you from sin; providing direction; strengthening your spirit; combating the attacks of the enemy; stimulating spiritual desires; diminishing the demands of your flesh; and fixing your mind and affections on the Lord.

4 Donald S.Whitney, Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life (Colorado Springs: Navpress, 1991), 38.

Make it Personal

Choose a section of Scripture to memorize, and start learning it today.