Scripture memorization is one of the strongest weapons we have as Christians, and unfortunately, it is one of the most neglected. Take a look at the armor of God: every piece of armor has to do with defending or protecting, except one: The Sword of the Spirit–the Word of God. This weapon is our only offensive weapon which is key in fighting off attacks, lies and oppressive thoughts that so frequently try to snuff out our fire and take us out of the game. Having scripture tucked away in our minds and hearts allows us to draw those swords quicker and fight more effectively.
I’ll be the first to say: I’ve not been the best at memorizing scripture. Not because my mind can’t do it, but because it hasn’t been a priority in my life. If I could show you a pie chart of what takes up most of my time, there would be a 75% slice made up of dilly-dallying around on my smart phone, flipping through Facebook or binge watching Netflix. It’s not a matter of not having the resources or the time to memorize Scripture, but rather choosing other things to put my mental energy into.
Now, I’m not knocking technology or blaming it for my inconsistency. In fact, what if this daily frequent use of technology and desire to memorize scripture…collided? What if there was a way to practice memorizing scripture on the go during those spare moments in the day where we would normally start scrolling through Facebook?
I’ve discovered 5 apps over the years that have been monumental in helping me memorize scripture in a new, fun and engaging way. They are incredible. I’m so excited to share them with you! Here we go!
- Scripture Typer
Scripture Typer lets you select your own verses to memorize or you can choose to study verses in certain categories like The Romans Road, Salvation, Temptation, exc. Each “verse memorization” takes you through three steps: Type It, Memorize It, and Master It. You do these three steps once a day and it takes TWO MINUTES. You will get a notification each day to go into the app and practice your verse. Once you have mastered a verse for a few days, it reminds you every couple days and eventually months. Meanwhile, you just keep adding new verses to memorize. Over the course of a month you will have dozens memorized! It truly is so amazing!
Download it HERE.
- Fighter Verses
Fighter verses is similar to Scripture typer when it comes to repeatedly typing out the verses. However, in Fighter verses, you have the option to listen audibly to the verse (which is great if you’re an audible learner), sing or speak the verse, or even save it as your lock screen. If you go along with the “current verse” in the schedule through Fighter Verses, there is also a blog commentary that explains the verse in even more depth. This app does cost $3—but it is SO worth your money.
To download, click HERE.
- The Verses Project
(Sorry, I lied. This isn’t an app but you can access it on your phone & save as a shortcut!)
You’re about to be amazed because The Verses Project is such an ingeniously creative idea. The Verses Project is geared towards using musical and visual art to help people memorize and meditate on Scripture. They have a bank of hundreds of verses with songs made for each verse along with a piece of art work you can download straight to your phone. The songs are very catchy and get stuck in your head (isn’t that the point?!). I love the songs because you can listen to them on your drive to work or while you’re getting ready in the morning. You can download the artwork to fit your phone, tablet, desktop, or you can print it off in an 11×17 poster size. Subscribe to their newsletter and you’ll get all of the new verses sent straight to your inbox. Ya’ll. CHECK THIS OUT. You won’t regret it! Access the Verses Project HERE.
(The Phillipians 1:6 song is my favorite one right now!)
- Bible App Verse of the Day
Can I just say, I love the Bible App? There are so many amazing resources on here that help you read and understand God’s Word. One of my favorite things they offer is the Verse of the Day. If you aren’t too keen about picking your own verses to memorize, no worries! The Bible App has multiple verses to choose from each day that you can save or print out and commit to learning. (And they’re super cute.) They’re perfect to set as your lock screen, send to a friend or share on Facebook.
Check out today’s verse of the day here.
This app is fun because there are different activities you can do to help you memorize scripture. You first learn the memory verse by reading and listening to it. Then, you can choose to unscramble the verse, type it out or choose from a Word Bank to complete the verses. Everytime you complete a task, a little part of your “cicrcle” will show up. The longer you memorize the verse and master it, the more “rings” you get on your circle. After months of memorizing verses, you can tangibly see how much of the Bible you’ve memorized on your home screen of the app. This app has a lot of variety, however, the only “free” version you can memorize from is the King James Version. Other versions, you have to pay for. If you are okay with thee’s, though’s, ye’s and brethren’s—It’s all good! Check it out here!
I hope these resources inspire you to memorize God’s word frequently and develop a habit of choosing to know His word over anything else. I love the way that Chuck Swindoll describes the effects of scripture memorization. He writes:
“…Your prayer life will be strengthened. Your witnessing will be sharper and much more effective. Your attitudes and outlook will begin to change. Your mind will become alert and observant. Your confidence and assurance will be enhanced. Your faith will be solidified” (Growing Strong in the Seasons of Life [Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1994], p. 61).
I know I want that for my life, I’m sure you do too.