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Meditation?

Meditation?

Isn’t meditation a bit questionable; something only monks and mystics do?

Why would anyone want to get down in the ‘lotus position’ and hum some funny tunes?

Well obviously that’s not the kind of meditation the Bible talks about! Answer this; do you know how to worry?

Okay, then you know how to meditate, because meditating is just reverse worry. When you meditate you concentrate on thoughts that will make you feel great about the future – not stressed about it.

The focus of Christian meditation is God’s word. You take a passage, for example, a saying of Jesus, then you:

a) think deeply and continuously about it
b) let it take root deep in your memory
c) ‘own’ it, until it becomes a strength within you.

There are a lot of people who can spout a hundred Bible verses one after another but they do nothing to make the world a better place! The point isn’t how much Scripture you can memorize, but what happens to you in the process of internalizing it. Meditating on God’s word clarifies and corrects you; it enriches and equips you by making space for you to think different thoughts than if you were watching TV!

David said, ‘I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you’ (Psalm 119:11 NIV).

Meditating on God’s Word is the cure for:

a) spiritual weakness
b) life without focus
c) lack of intimacy with God
d) distractions that cause you to keep missing God’s best.

‘ON HIS LAW THEY MEDITATE DAY AND NIGHT.’ PSALMS 1:2 RSV

Bob Gass

May 24th, 2017

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