What’s the point of memorising the Bible?

We can often wonder, what’s the point of memorising the Bible? Just reading the Bible can be tough but having to actually memorise it can seem a bridge too far.

But when we know the Word of God we gain the capacity to use it.  Memorising scripture can change your life.

When Jesus was tempted three times by satan he used scripture every time to overcome him – nothing else.  It’s a powerful weapon against the enemy and it’s only through knowing the word that we can learn how to USE it properly.

Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks (Luke 6:45). The tongue has the power of life and death (Proverbs 18:21).  Speaking out scripture is an amazing way to speak life into situations.  It’s so easy to complain, grumble or join in the pity party with others.  But when our hearts are filled with the life giving Word of God it will automatically start to flow out of us.

I’ve shared before about how to use scripture to overcome fear in this post here.  We all face the facts of life, but when we know the word of God we can combat it with the truth.  Truth will always win against fact – that’s how faith works.

Speaking out scripture can change our thoughts and emotions when we start to use scripture to activate our faith.

But there’s more to it than just memorising words on a page.  Anybody can read the Bible and memorise scripture.  So often I see people who can quote scripture in any conversation or situation, but they don’t know how to actually apply it to their lives and take it from knowledge to faith. 

This is what can make reading the Bible so difficult.  Because if we’re just reading for the sake of knowing what it says then there’s no joy or purpose.  It’s like learning to spell but never writing a sentence.  Without knowing how to apply the knowledge it is rendered useless.

This is where the Holy Spirit comes in.  We need the Spirit to bring understanding and revelation to the Bible, otherwise it just doesn’t make sense (1 Cor. 2:13-16).  This is what makes the word of God come alive in us.  Suddenly you understand what God is saying and exactly how to apply the scripture to your life or current situation – you’ve just had a revelation and it’s life changing.

Suddenly the lights go on and we see things in a completely different way.  Our focus is on Jesus and that’s when things start to really change in our life.

I would love to know how you learn scripture and if you have a favourite verse than share it in the comments.

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Here’s some great resources to get you started.

Bible verses by topic

6 ways to help you with Bible memory verses


  • Karen
    March 2, 2015

    Hey Jenny
    Great post. We have used Bible memorisation a lot in home schooling. Memorisation techniques that are multi-sensory worked best for us, especially for those with dyslexia. We picked a psalm or verse, best to start small, then go for bigger chunks. Read the verse, Recite it-Speak it out, Write the verse.
    Create a card to carry, or post copies around somewhere you are frequently (we posted them in the kitchen above the kettle/coffee pot, and in the bathroom!
    Then each time we were in that place, we could read and say aloud.
    At mealtimes, usually when daddy comes home, we would recite the day’s scripture verse either together or taking turns. Children generally love to share their learning achievements 🙂
    Next day, we would Recite what we could remember, then Write it again, or where we could remember to, then start the process again…
    Read, Recite, Write….Repetition-Practice.
    We started small…one verse, then longer chunks-different sized Psalms…then whole chapters!
    James 1 is a great, easy to discuss, and life application chapter, especially when broken down verse by verse.
    Our kids still remember verses and whole Psalms they learned years ago.
    When someone reads out a passage they have memorised, there is usually an exchange of looks between the family and little ‘secret’ smiles, as they love the fact they (still) remember these words of life…and have learned/and continue to, be able to recall them in times of need.
    It is never too late to get into the habit. A good habit that brings Life. Praise God!

    • Jenny Cupido
      March 2, 2015

      How great to hear that you have made memorising scripture part if your everyday lives. All those verses will stay with your kids forever and they’ll always go back to them when they are in need of help in the future. You’re literally saving their lives one scripture at a time! Way to go!! Thanks for sharing your methods. Love it! X

  • Kate Bellingham
    March 2, 2015

    Hi Jenny. I love this post, it’s so true! Knowing the bible and applying it changes everything! One of my favourite verses is this, 2 Timothy 1:7. ‘God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power and of love and of a sound mind’. If I’ve not been given a spirit of fear then it’s perfectly possible to walk without fear! I also love love love Luke 1:37 ‘For with God nothing will be impossible’. If nothing’s impossible it means there is always always hope even in seemingly hopeless situations as if God can’t change circumstances then He’s not God. Thanks for sharing this xxx

    • Jenny Cupido
      March 2, 2015

      What great foundational scriptures Kate!! Love them both. I know that when I’m faced with a trial I always go back to what I know and thats the word of God. When it’s in iur heart it’s just waiting to burst forth into reality. Thanks for commenting xx

  • Fatima @ Baby Toddler Me
    April 1, 2015

    Great article Jenny! My favourite scripture is Jeremiah 29:11, which has helped me through many tough times:

    11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

    Carry on the great work Jenny! Really lovely to “meet” another Christian blogger!

    • Jenny Cupido
      April 6, 2015

      I love that scripture Fatima. I pray it over my children all the time. There is so much hope in the Bible! THanks so much for sharing. x

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