I have a question for you today. Do you read your Bible daily? I might add that the key word here is, “DAILY”.
After preaching and teaching God’s Word for over thirty years, it is indeed amazing how many people do not spend time in God’s Word. It is also sad, for many of these same people run after those they believe hear from God, asking for a, “Word from the Lord.”
While I do believe that God speaks through people, permit me to say plainly that I believe His number one way of speaking to all of us is through His inspired Word, The Holy Bible. Why am I speaking of the importance of spending time in God’s Word so strongly? The answer is because it is the only way you will be able to renew your mind to God’s will and His ways.
This is necessary after we give our lives to Christ. We are encouraged in the Scriptures that we are to present our bodies to God as a living sacrifice (more on this later) and to not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of our minds. (Romans 12: 1-2)
When we receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, our spirits, the inward man, is born again. We really are changed within and become new creations in Christ Jesus. Now we have to do something with our souls (mind, will and emotions) and we have to do something with our bodies. We have to change the way we think.
But with what will we renew our minds? We will need to develop the habit of feeding on God’s Word. God’s Word is the necessary ingredient for real mind renewal. You simply cannot get your thoughts to line up with God’s Will without spending time in God’s Word.
The Scriptures teach that if we want to be successful in life, and I mean truly successful, we will have to meditate in God’s Word day and night. (Joshua 1:8, Psalms 1: 1-3)
The word to meditate means, “to mutter, to ponder, to imagine, to think, and to speak,” according to James Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible.” Therefore, when if we are going to change the way we think we will have to learn to think on God’s Word, mutter and speak God’s Word, and picture the truth of God’s Word in our minds. Mind renewal is KEY to living the victorious Christian life.
I go into great detail about how to scripturally meditate God’s Word in my book, Be Ye Transformed, (find it here: http://amzn.to/1yzT0dE ). I will share a little concerning how to do it here. Firstly, let me say that many people have avoided the subject of meditation because of erroneous beliefs concerning it. There are those who teach that meditation is emptying your mind completely of thoughts, and have a blank mind. That is not true.
Real meditation is filling our minds with the thoughts of God. It is feeding upon the Word of God.
We do not need to empty our minds. (Many of us may not have much in there now). We need to fill our minds with God’s Truths. So, how do we practically meditate in God’s Word? I will give just one example here. This is a precious Scripture to me.
“Fear thou not, for I am with thee. Be not dismayed for I am thy God. I will strengthen thee. Yea, I will help thee. Yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”
What a powerful word from God Almighty. Now here is one of the ways to meditate:
Fix your mind on the first three words, “Fear Thou Not”, or simply, Fear Not. This is interesting. He is letting me know I do not need to be afraid. Why? Because He is with me. Say that to yourself. Mutter it. God is with me. God is with me. God, the Creator of Heaven and earth is with me. Stop thinking that you are alone. You are never alone. God says He is with you. It does not matter how you feel about it. God says He is with you. Stop fretting and worrying as if you are by yourself in this cruel and evil world. God says He is with you. And because He is with you, you have all you need to overcome any situation or circumstance. You are not alone. You are never alone. God says He is with you. He is with you. He is with you now.
We will delve even deeper into this passage in our next article. If you would like to learn more of how to meditate in God’s Word, I encourage you to click here: http://amzn.to/1yzT0dE and get a copy of Be Ye Transformed. It goes into great detail about how to grow in Christ. God’s best blessings.