Searching for Scriptures

I’ve always admired people who have a ton of Scripture memorized, but that’s not me. Try as I might, I just can’t seem to get it. It is what it is.

I’ve never been very good at memorizing things, but after seven years of migraines, my memory is definitely shot. My mom has memorized entire books of the Bible, and I have memorized maybe three scriptures (don’t ask me which ones, I’ll forget straight away).

Earlier this week, I was on the phone with a new Christian and she said she was amazed with how I could just pull a scripture out of nowhere about anything and everything we were talking about. Then she asked if I had all the verses we were talking about memorized, my Bible open, or how I was doing it.

2 Tools that Help When Searching for Scriptures

I was able to be very honest with her that, while I had my Bible open next to me, my real secret is Bible Gateway and Google.

If you know part of the words in the scripture you’re searching for, Bible Gateway’s search engine can quickly help you find it. If you know what book it’s in you can even narrow down your search.

So I know there’s a verse in Romans that says there is no condemnation for those who belong to Jesus. That’s not word for word, but that’s basically what it says. I can’t remember if it’s Romans 3:23, 8:28, 8:1 or something completely different.

If I plug “condemnation” into Bible Gateway’s search engine I’ll quickly find out that it’s Romans 8:1.

However, sometimes I’m searching for a scripture and can’t remember the exact wording, just the general gist of it. For those verses I use Google. It always comes up with what I’m looking for.

Beyond that, I’ve read and studied my Bible for over a decade, so I know my Bible fairly well. I can remember pieces of what it says and that helps me when I need an exact verse.

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When you’re searching for Scriptures, what helps you find them? Are you a Bible memory master, or do you struggle to retain all the details? I’d love to hear from you. Join the conversation in the comments below.

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