Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. -Ps. 119:11
One of the things that the churches I frequent always promote is Scripture memorization. For me in my life as a servant of Christ, I know it comes in handy to be able to recall specific portions of scripture when discussing doctrine, facing temptation, or possibly dealing with things such as fear. Being able to recall and recite to myself a portion of God’s precious word brings with it the power to deal with whatever situation is at hand. The word of God is alive and powerful, sharper than a two-edged sword — as it says in Hebrews 4:12: For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
The only way to truly discern true doctrine from false is to go right to the word and read it for yourself. The more we study, the better off we will be when it comes to discerning truth from falsehood. Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. -2 Timothy 2:15
I have heard it said that the best version of the Bible to use for scripture memorization is the Authorized King James Version. I could theorize as to why that is, but there is no point to wasting the time on that. I do suspect it is true, as I seem to have an easier time with it than other versions. For one thing, it can get confusing with modern versions because they often change the text every few years. There is a value to continuity, in my opinion. Your thoughts?
For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe. -1 Thessalonians 2:13