|"I will mediate on Your precepts|
and contemplate Your ways" (Ps. 119:15)
Reading God's word is only the beginning to a blessed and bountiful life! It is important that you understand what you read so you can obey what the Word says (Psalms 119:34)
Sermons are great motivators for holy living; music and worship wonderful tools to usher us into God's presence. But what do you do when you get there? Your mind must be joined with the Almighty in a supernatural way (Isaiah 55:8) to receive the power you need to live a blessed life!
This only happens when you read God's Word and then stop long enough to think about what it says. This is called Scripture Meditation. Unlike Transcendental meditation, it is not an emptying of the mind, but filling it with the precepts, principles, and thoughts of God, Himself! (2 Timothy 3:16).
As before, I don't want to jump into our Biblical Alphabet without a few practical helps. Meditation is above all, a mental discipline! Don't be discouraged or frustrated when you find it difficult to concentrate. In many ways you are deprogramming yourself from all the junk the world has been distracting us with for years! It may take awhile to get the hang of it! Don't give up!
--A quick review from last week: Find a quiet place, unplug from all technical devices and find a translation of the bible that you actually understand! (I suggest New Living Translation, Good News, or Living Bible if you 're just beginning to read faithfully or the NIV as a good jumping off place for other translations you might desire later!)
--Don't rely too heavily on notes or commentaries from Bible experts. Meditation is about listening to what God says to "YOU" about what you have read. Besides Bible scholars will often conflict in their meaning about a passage. Their words are not inspired but God's Word is!!
Now taking a few more letters from our Bible Alphabet let's go further in and deeper down into His word with some Meditation Techniques:
P ray for help! Meditation of Scripture is the ultimate target in Spiritual Warfare. The enemy doesn't want you to know God's word and you will not be able to understand it or obey it without the Holy Spirit's help. (1 Corinthians 2:14)
R ead God's Word for yourself. Read thoughtfully, patiently, repeatedly, selectively, purposefully, and always PRAYERFULLY! (Ps. 119:15)
T hink about what you have read. This is where I admonish you again to read in small doses, a few verses at a time. We want God's word to saturate not drown you! I also warn against an old tactic some have used: Open up a closed bible and wherever the pages fall, start reading! This is a sure fire way to be misled and misinformed regarding bible context and true understanding.
P ray again and again. As God begins to talk to you through meditation you must listen carefully. Be prepared to confess sins you might not have been aware you committed. Ask for courage to fulfill His desires that may conflict with your own. All are necessary for the critical next step!
O bey what God has told you to do. Now this is where you need not do a lot of thinking! Obey immediately, obey with confidence, obey trusting God for the results and/or consequences! For one to know what to do what is right and not to do it is a sin. (James 4:17)
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