Did you know that you can find meditation in the Bible? Did you know that as readers of the Word of God we are called to meditate in His Word?
Joshua 1:8 says-
“Don’t for a minute let this Book of The Revelation be out of mind. Ponder and meditate on it day and night, making sure that you practice everything written in it. Then you’ll get where you’re going; then you’ll succeed.” (The Message)
Joshua is very specific when he says that we should indeed meditate. The Hebrew word for meditation is: “hagah“. (As found in the Strongs Concordance/Lexical Aid) Hagah literally translated means: “to moan, growl, utter, muse, mutter, meditate, devise, plot, speak.” We are called to meditate. We are called to take scripture and not just read it. We are called to think about it- repeating it over, and over, and over- until we can recall it immediately, from constant repetition. That way when trials come, we can combat them with a verbal retaliation of The Word of God.
Joshua is also clear on what we should be meditating on… The Word of God. This Word alone, will bring us success. Beware of doctrine that claims that you can do it without The Word of God- it is impossible, and it is deceitful. Joshua says:
Meditate on The Book of the Revelation day and night, then you will get where you are going, then you will succeed.
For years, Jeff and I have practiced carrying around 3×5 cards with scriptures on them. These are our “Faith Cards.” We imprint- either by computer, or hand written- the exact scriptures that we are believing God for. Where did we learn how to do this? Joshua 1:8.
There is nothing “New Age” about meditation- it is as old as the Bible itself.
There are dozens of scriptures in the Bible where you will find the word “meditate/meditation”. Meditating on The Word- is the direct link between hearing a scripture, and believing a scripture can be true for you.
For example, “I am a good person.” If you repeat this over and over to yourself- you might start believing it, and in most ‘worldly’ circles this would be enough. Without The Word of God backing it up though- it holds no weight. If a trial comes along, that makes you feel angry and like sinning against your fellow man- you might try to remember that you are a “good person”, but you will easily forget it- because after all you just made it up. (You will instantly judge yourself based on your past actions)
But if you begin meditating not on becoming a “good person” alone, but start meditating on a scripture like 2Cr 5:17: “Therefore if anyone is in Christ he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold all things have become new.” You will be able to confidently believe that you have been made new in Christ! “For greater is He that is in you, than He that is in the world!” 1 John 4:4 Praise God! You can believe these thoughts- you’ll be able to stand strong- because The Bible says so!
So my friendly advice would be this- if you are going through something challenging; money shortages, healing challenges, relationship miscommunication, etc.–
1. Locate a Topical Bible Dictionary, like www.blueletterbible.org and find yourselves scriptures to meditate on for those specific issues. (In addition to your daily Bible studies)
2. Go to the store and buy some 3×5 cards. Print out what you are believing God for on your faith cards, and look at them day and night- just like Joshua taught us.
3. Begin meditating on God’s Word, and you will find great success.
Here are some possible scriptures you could begin meditating on:
“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” (NKJV)
3 John 2 (Prosperity)
“Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.”
1 Peter 2:24 (Healing)
“Who his own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.”
Psalm 91:10-11 (Protection)
“There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. For He shall give His angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.”
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