Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Meditate on God's Word

The benefits of meditation on the Word of God are countless. The Word of God when read, reasoned with, pleaded about, does something to us. We cant explain the workings of it, but know it is the work of the Holy Spirit, carrying out the promises of the Word, God's promises will not fall by the wayside, the Holy Spirit will bring about God's promises.

Here are 15 reasons to meditate on God's Word, posted by Daniel C. Wilson on Nov. 10, 2009 in Bible Meditation, mastering the Bible.

There is a direct correlation between understanding of scripture and time spent meditating on scripture.
More time in meditation generally leads to deeper understanding. The fact itself is not a surprise, but the magnitude of its effects is. But the benefit of deeper understanding is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. It, no doubt, is an aid to continual communion with God.

Fifteen reasons why you should foster intentional meditation:

1. It engages an otherwise slothful, shallow-skimming mind to probe for deeper truth.

2. It fills you with mind-renewing, life-transforming truth (Romans 12:2, John 17:17)

3. It fills the heart with life-giving words to flow from the mouth (Luke 6:45)

4. It contributes to a life of obedience (Joshua 1:8)

5. It is a sign of the tree planted by water (Psalms 1:2-3)

6. It feeds the soul (Psalm 63:5-6)

7. It fuels heartfelt praise (Psalm 63:5-6, Psalm 145:4-7)

8. It fixes your eyes on the ways of God (psalm 119:15)

9. It keeps you from meditating on circumstances (Psalm 119:23)

10. It's the secret to standing and speaking before kings unashamed (Psalm 119:46-48)

11. It prevents useless replaying of wrongs committed against you (Psalm 119:78)

12. It gives you more understanding than your teachers (Psalm 119:99)

13. It's better than counting sheep late at night (Psalm 63:6, Psalm 119:148)

14. It leads to wise speech (Psalm 49:3-4)

15. It pleases the Lord (Psalm 104:34, Psalm 19:14)

Number 2 above uses Romans 12:2 as a reference. Which tells us that meditation on the Word of God will do two things. (1) It separates us from our conformity to this world, and the world means the Godlessness of our world, how our culture downplays and ignores God. We all were in that personally, contributing to it before we became Christians, we now are in it becuase it surrounds us, daily, on television, on the internet, on your job, in your supermarket, it is the way of the world.  Meditation on the Word of God will change our attitudes, turning it from Godlessness to Godliness. Becoming a Christian means that God has changed us, His Spirit is here as our Helper. We give Him something to work with in our lives, as we read, ingest the Word of God. (2) We are being transformed by renewing our minds. Our minds are being changed from Godlessness to Godliness. The Word of God is a book telling us how God thinks. It tells us how we(humankind) think as well, and it tells us that our way of thinking has to change, has to become like God's way of thinking. As we meditate on the Word of God, seeking His face through His word, we are transformed, we learn His ways, and we learn Him. The way of the world will not last forever, the will of God is eternal.

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