Through the years, there have been Bible verses that have helped me in my walk with God. And when they do, I commit them to memory so that I can pull them out during the times when I feel I need them.
The Word of God is the sword of the Spirit.
An undrawn sword has no ability to slay the enemy.
We have been given a powerful tool to defeat the enemy when he tries to sneak in some lies.
There was an article that was written by Dr. Garry Friesen and published in the October 1981 issue of Moody Monthly that helps us commit Scripture to memory.
1. Set time goals rather than number goals.
Rather than endeavoring to memorize a number of verses by the end of a period, set a number of minutes per day to memorize Scripture. You may stay with a verse for several days but when you set aside for 5 minutes per day, you will have a greater chance of success of making this a long-lasting habit.
2. Read, don’t cram.
Dr. Friesen said that this approach is “like cars on an assembly line—steadily being built rather than thrown together in a hurry.”
Read them a few times and then leave it for the next day. We give up altogether when we try to force verses into your memory all at once by saying them thirty or more times in one sitting. It would be much easier to read the new verse thoughtfully and slowly and then set it aside until the next day.
3. Use a dependable review system.
Some use index cards.
Others put it in their Evernote.
Still, others put it on their desktop wallpapers.
But whatever it is, find what would work best for your schedule, routine and lifestyle.
Below is the list of 52 verses that helped me through the years. Hope you’ll find these helpful as well.
2 Corinthians 5:17.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;
his understanding is unsearchable.
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the father except through me.”
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
1 Peter 5:7
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
Ah, Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.
Weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning
The Lord will fulfill His purpose for me.
You are the God who performs miracles.
In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world!
Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God
He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber.
You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.
Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me.
I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand.
Weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.
The Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.
1 Cor 15:58.
Stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
When a man’s ways are pleasing to the Lord, he makes even his enemies live at peace with him.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you.
For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.
I said to the Lord, “You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing.”
I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.
2 Corinthians 9:8
And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.
You shall remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth.
You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.
God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes.
My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint.
1 Peter 5:5
“God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save,
nor his ear too dull to hear.
“Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.
Praise the Lord, my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the Lord, my soul,
and forget not all his benefits—
who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
“I have loved you with an everlasting love;
I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.
In their hearts humans plan their course,
but the Lord establishes their steps.
Commit to the Lord whatever you do,
and he will establish your plans.
2 Peter 3:9
The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
Train up a child in the way he should go;
even when he is old he will not depart from it.
When I am afraid,
I put my trust in you.
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,
neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.