Often, in my weakness, I feel like I can’t keep going on. I need renewed strength… but it can feel hard to admit that and swallow my pride to go to Jesus.
I know Jesus will give all of us strength to keep persevering if we go to him and read the Bible. So we all need to make a point of memorizing scripture to help us keep going and find renewed strength in the Lord.
Memorizing Bible verses renews your mind to depend on him and reminds you that your strength comes from him. It’s a powerful tool to give you the ability to keep going—empowered—even in the darkest of seasons.
Why Memorize Scripture?
Along with giving you the strength to keep persevering when you feel weak, there are so many other benefits of memorizing scripture.
- It gives you the ability to stand in truth, because it’s all truth. The enemy can’t stand against it.
“Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.” (John 17:17, NIV)
- It helps you to walk in the righteousness of God that you desire, and not sin.
“How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word.” (Psalm 119:9, NIV)
- It gives you wisdom and guidance to walk on the path God has for you.
“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” (Psalm 119:105, NIV)
- It transforms you by equipping you to do the great work God has for you.
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17, NIV)
You may know it’s important to memorize scripture but maybe you are looking for some practical tips on how to memorize Bible verses in order to feel strengthened in the Lord in your weakness.
Whether you are looking for short Bible verses to memorize or easy Bible verses to memorize, all scripture is relevant and significant. There is not an exhaustive list of the best scriptures to memorize… but there are many verses that will help you in a specific circumstance.
To feel strong in your weakness, when you are trying to help others know Christ, or trying to encourage a friend in a hard time—you can choose different Bible verses to memorize for help and encouragement.
Maybe you are believing a lie from the enemy and you need truth, or looking to stand more in your faith; for these circumstances and more, you can memorize Bible verses to help you. This will renew your mind and allow you to be strong against the enemy.
How to Memorize Scripture?
There are scripture memorization plans out there. Below, you will find a helpful free Christian printable that you can download.
I find it helpful to first pray, asking Jesus for the best scriptures to memorize in order to aid me in my time of need. Jesus knows it all and will guide you, too.
Paraphrasing the scripture that you are looking to know will help you really know the meaning (beyond just memorizing words). It can really help it seep into your heart.
If you really want to be effective in memorizing scripture—so that it can really strengthen you and change you—then you must know what God is really saying to you.
Read the verses before and after to understand the context for greater understanding. Writing the verse over and over again in a journal, etc., helps to know the words. Setting a goal or date by when you want to know it is good, also. Find accountability from a friend or family member who can quiz you on it.
Scriptures to Memorize
To assist you in getting started, I have outlined 10 scriptures to memorize to help you stay strong in the Lord when you feel weak.
These Bible verses can really help you when you just feel like you can’t keep going on. The power of scripture will strengthen you and allow you to know Jesus is always the answer. It propels you to have a deeper love of God, to love yourself, and to love people per the greatest commandment.
2 Corinthians 12:9
When you don’t feel strong you can remember that you have God’s grace; his grace is enough. His power is always available to strengthen you as you depend on him.
“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” (2 Corinthians 12:9, NIV)
You can find joy in your weakness because it draws you closer to Jesus. It grows you in your relationship with him. Memorize this scripture to help you not fall apart when you feel weak but rejoice in him through it all.
In your weakness, you can struggle to feel like you have to sustain everything or take care of it all on your own. When you know Christ, you don’t have to. You can have faith that Christ will handle it all because he will.
“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20, NIV)
You can let go of trying to control it all and figure it out on your own. You can have faith and trust him. Memorizing this verse will help you feel strong in your weakness through having faith.
2 Corinthians 5:17
When you feel powerless because you keep messing up and like you can’t do anything right, remember you are a new creation in Christ.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Corinthians 5:17, NIV)
Memorizing this Bible verse can bolster you to keep pressing forward in your weakness. It enables you to know who you are now, giving you hope. Know this verse when you feel like you messed up in order to keep going strong.
1 Corinthians 2:16
When your mind is overcome by thoughts of discouragement and defeat, know you have the mind of Christ.
“For, ‘Who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?’ But we have the mind of Christ.” (1 Corinthians 2:16, NIV)
You can pray to have Christ direct your mind to truth and encouragement. The enemy is not in control of your thoughts if you don’t allow him to be. Stand in the truth that you have the mind of Christ by retaining this verse to memory.
When you just feel like you are at your breaking point, remember that Jesus has peace for you.
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27, NIV)
His peace is available to you no matter how weak you feel. It’s a peace that can be felt in the hardest of circumstances, even when you feel so beaten down. Know this Bible verse as it will bring you into his peace.
2 Timothy 1:7
Your weakness can lead to fear, making you feel incapable of moving forward… but if you know this Bible verse you can walk through those feelings with Jesus into his strength.
“For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” (2 Timothy 1:7, NIV)
Jesus has given you power, not fear. He has given you his love, which settles your heart, and self-control to choose his strength.
You don’t have to feel like you can’t keep going on… because you can, with him. Remembering this scripture can empower you in your weakness.
Knowing this scripture on how good the Lord is and how beneficial it is for him to be your refuge will help you in your weakness.
“Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.” (Psalm 34:8, NIV)
The Lord is so good and wants you to find solace in him. He wants to be your safe haven in the storm. You need to know this through memorizing this scripture. It will bring comfort and peace in your feelings. It will bolster you to move forward and walk in faith.
This Bible verse can allow you to remember to sing praises to the Lord when you feel weak. Singing praises to him will change it all.
“Praise the Lord. How good it is to sing praises to our God, how pleasant and fitting to praise him!” (Psalm 147:1, NIV)
Giving him praise will strengthen you and give you the ability to keep going. It also brings joy to your heart and reminds you of who he is; that he is your strength.
When you don’t feel strong, you can worry. Worry what to do or how things will work out. Memorizing this verse can allow you to know that you don’t have to worry and can just remain in his strength.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” (Philippians 4:6, NIV)
Give him all your worries. Retain this verse to memory.
You can find renewed strength in the Lord when you remember that he is always there for you, helping you in hard times. He is your strength and protection to help you to keep going in your weakness.
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1, NIV)
Memorizing this scripture will allow you to know these truths and rely on him to be your strength in your weakness.
Memorizing scripture is so important. It needs to be a consistent practice in your life, especially when you feel weak. It will strengthen you in the Lord.
There are so many helpful scriptures to memorize. I hope you will memorize these 10 Bible verses and that they will provide a framework to strengthen you in the Lord during your time of need.