Welcome to a whole new, yet extremely ancient, method of Bible study.
In August of 2009, I was where a lot of long-time Christians end up. I was quite dissatisfied with my relationship with Jesus. Whenever I did think about Him outside of church, which was rare, I felt I had little intimacy with Him. Plus, I had always had a timidity in my witness for Him that wasn't getting any better. And perhaps worst of all, I felt like I rarely gained any real victories in my recurring struggles against the enemy personally.
Now, I'm a professional actor, and coincidentally at that same time I had started memorizing long passages of Scripture for dramatic presentations. And all I can tell you is that from that time until now, my relationship with Jesus has never grown so deep, so fast. I have never felt more intimate, confident, protected and, most importantly, more IN LOVE with Jesus.
It's as if my heart has been awakened, not only to new truths in Scripture, but also to a deep thirst for more of them. I wake up every day as if I have found a new “workout” that's guaranteed to bring the result I desire: namely, to bring my will more in line with Jesus' will. And all I have to do is commit to doing one simple exercise every day – letting Jesus' words literally ABIDE in me, as He encourages me to do in John 15:7-8.
I know. It sounds too simple, right? Too remedial. Memorization is the “lowest form of learning” right? Well, maybe, maybe not. But think about it this way. For almost half of our recorded existence (2700 years), God chose NOT to have His Word written down at all. And even after that it wasn't widely distributed in written form for thousands more years, certainly when Jesus taught. If you don't believe that, just check out the Beth Sefers of His day or how many times He starts a teaching in the Sermon on the Mount with “You have heard it said...” rather than “You have read...” when referring to Scripture. People HAD to memorize God's Word through story and song if they were going to share it, and then trust the Holy Spirit to sanctify them through that process.
And that is finally what Memo Devo is: the literal ingesting of God's Word into my body, with the intention of speaking it back to someone else and then letting the Spirit do His promised work of sanctification in both of us. Period.