Tag Archive | meditate on the Word

Philemon 6-7 ” I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ. Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the saints.”

This was one of Paul’s  loveliest and most personal letters directed to the leader of the Colossian Church.  Here Paul was encouraging Philemon to continue sharing his faith.  For when faith is shared, the Word of God is unleashed to successfully accomplish its plan and purpose in people’s lives. Never be afraid to share the reason for the hope you have. (I Peter 3:15)  For you may never know the impact it may have on someone.  And the wonderful benefit of sharing your faith with others is that every time you hear it yourself…your trust and confidence in God is built up a little bit more.

Isaiah 40:8 ” The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the Word of our God stands forever.”

Our Lord is everlasting, eternal, and forever…and so is His Word.  Every word, command, and promise within the Bible was true at its conception…is true today…and will remain true into eternity.  The tremendous power  within the Word is found in Isaiah 55:11 where it says, “So is My Word that goes out from My mouth;  It will not return to Me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”   So we can then stand firm,  putting our faith and trust in His Word…knowing that His plan and purpose is being fulfilled in our life.

I Corinthians 1:17 ” For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel – not with words of human wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.”

Most Believers have a tough time sharing with others the Good News of Jesus.  We think we need a memorized  speech…or a fancy, persuasive dialog before we even attempt to talk to others.  Or in our fleshly wisdom,  we think we must first somehow  “have it all together” ourselves  before we even consider sharing the Gospel message.  But the Good News of Jesus Christ really has nothing to do about our communication skills and more about showing God’s love to others.  Simple words of encouragement, and sharing about our own struggles go a long way to prompt others to feel comfortable and ask questions.  So remember, it’s not about the messenger, but the Message…and it’s not about the communication, but the Cross.

Nehemiah 8:9 “Then Nehemiah the governor, Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who were instructing the people said to them all, ‘This day is sacred to the Lord your God. Do not mourn or weep.’ For all the people had been weeping as they listened to the words of the Lord.”

The words of the Lord should move us when we hear or read them.  “For the word of God is living and active.  Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12)   The word of God should touch us and evoke emotion from within. For from nowhere else can you be divinely encouraged, comforted, inspired or convicted.

John 17:17 ” Sanctify them by the truth; Your word is truth.”

In this chaotic and deceptive world today, how do we know what’s true and what’s false?  With fake news and questionable anonymous sources spewing misleading information…where are we to find balance and  authenticity?  So I ask you this,  how can we not search for the truth from the Creator of all truths?  God’s words are trustworthy, (II Samuel 7:28).   The truth found in the Bible is absolute, transcendent, and divinely revealed to you…if you but open the book.  When you are armed with God’s truth,  you will not be easily swayed or deceived…for when God’s word is your bedrock,  you will be able to look past confusion and see God’s hand at work.

Psalm 119:148 ” My eyes stay open through the watches of the night, that I may meditate on Your promises.”

Sadly today,  the Church has been lulled into this self-indulgent form of  “quasi”  Bible Study.  We get all comfy on the couch, usually with a cup of coffee…Christian music playing in the background and a personal Journal on our lap and we wait.  But what we’re jotting down is just our own thoughts, feelings, and emotions…for no where is found an open Bible.  Bible Study is meditating on God’s Word… not on what we think.  Sure, there’s a place for journaling what the Holy Spirit is showing you, but it needs to be grounded in the Word first.

Joshua 1:8 ” Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”

So many times I get into the Bible,  only to not be able to remember a single thing I read an hour later.  It’s not that I  don’t want to glean wisdom from the Word…it’s just that my mind wanders and my attention wanes.  Meditation simply means to contemplate, reflect, or dwell upon…which then takes reading the Bible to a whole different level.  When I can take a passage I’m reading and ponder how I can apply it practically  to my life…the scripture will then morph into a plan, and an aspiration for me.  I can take what I just read and apply it to my life and it then becomes part of me.