More importantly, however, we need to SATURATE our minds with Scripture so we can honor the Lord in our actions words and deeds as we daily seek His face and choose to follow Him. As we strive to "love the Lord your God with ALL your heart, soul, mind and strength."
I started memorizing Scripture as a child in Sunday school and I still know those verses to this day. But it was not until I was in college that I PURPOSEFULLY began this discipline ... it takes planning, commitment and consistency.
One of the best methods for me has been to study verses based on what I am struggling with or what I am trying to work through or grow in. I look up every single verse on the particular subject and hand write them onto cards that are bound with a ring. Then I am able to carry them with me wherever I go to glance at them when I have time. I usually have one ring in my purse with me, one in the car and several around the house. I just flip through and read them to myself or out loud whenever I have spare minutes.
It is AMAZING how easy it is to retain Scriptures that are applicable to your life at the moment. And, as we all know, repetition is the key to memory!
I challenge you to try it! I have people tell me all the time that they wish they knew more Scripture, that it is so hard to remember etc. But if we can remember jingles to products, our favorite movie lines and countless other fodder then we can certainly make a sincere effort to "hide God's Word in our hearts so we might not sin against Him".
And the most rewarding part is when you are experiencing something difficult or you need to encourage another believer, the Lord is ALWAYS faithful to bring the perfect Scripture to mind because it is dwelling in your heart.
Thank You, Lord, for such a beautiful and life-sustaining gift!