Every new habit needs to create a pattern. It needs to be imprinted on your behaviors. It needs to be repeated often enough so that it seems natural and even easy to do.
That’s how I’ve designed this Introduction.. It will provide you with some GREAT verses which you may already be familiar. It will help you visual them at their “time” on a clock. It will list the keywords to get you started. Together, we will work through some trigger events or activities to help reinforce these verses. The next steps are up to you. You will need to try to remember a verse for each hour that you check the time.
I encourage Bible Study class students to initially use the printed paper (see Appendices section for information/ instructions) so that you are looking at the verses frequently. You want this to be successful. That is why you invested in this book. You want to spend more time in God’s Word AND you want that Word to become more a part of your life every day. You will find that sometimes, just a glance at the paper is all that is needed to trigger remembering the verse. Soon, it will happen automatically and you can file the paper away.
First, visual an analog clock face. Then, visualize the hours/ minutes that go around the clock. (Not too hard so far!). Next, picture a specific verse for each hour around the clock. (See below).
As noted, there are only a few words associated with that verse reference number. These are the ‘trigger words’ which will help you get started with this verse. Often, it only takes a couple of words and the rest of the verse will come easily. There is also a Summary Chart of all the times/ verses so that you have it available to learn the verse or as a reminder of some verses which you are still learning. (See below).
|1:09||1 John||If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just, and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (RSV)|
|2:08||Ephesians||For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this not your own doing: it is a gift of God. (NRSV)|
|3:16||John||For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish by have eternal life. (RSV)|
|4:13||Philippians||I can do all things through him who strengthens me. (NRSV)|
|5:16||1 Thessalonians||Rejoice always, (17) pray constantly, (18) give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (RSV)|
|6:21||Matthew||For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. (RSV)|
|7:07||Matthew||“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” (RSV)|
|8:28||Romans||We know that in everything God works for good with those who love him, who are called according to his purpose. (RSV)|
|9:24||Luke||For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for my sake, will save it. (RSV)|
|10:11||John||I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. (RSV)|
|11:28||Matthew||Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (RSV)|
|12:12||Romans||Be glad for all God is planning for you. Be patient in trouble and prayerful always. (TLB)|