How do you meditate on God's Word?
When you understand the value of having God’s word in your heart you will eagerly and diligently put it in your heart.
Proverbs 4:20-23 instructs us to give attention to God’s word for it is life to those who find it and health to all their flesh.
God’s word in your heart has the power to give you life and health. Jesus said, “I have come that you might have life and have it more abundantly”. This abundant life is in His Word.
Jesus told a parable and compared His Kingdom to a man planting seed. Any farmer knows that if you want a harvest you have to plant seeds. If you want a harvest of tomatoes you will have to prepare the land, plant the tomato seeds, care for the seeds, then the plants, until the harvest comes. When it comes, you simply reap the harvest. You could have anything this earth produces if you have the seed to it. God has commanded the seed to reproduce itself when it is planted in the ground.
However, there are some conditions for the seed to grow. Every seed has different conditions. Every seed has different types of soil and climate that it can grow in. The amount of water and sunlight vary with each type of seed. God compares your heart to the ground and His word to the seed.
In Mark chapter four Jesus reveals the type of heart God’s word can grow in. It is a heart that understands redemption and gets its identity in Christ and then patiently waits for the harvest of God’s word to come.
In God’s word there are many promises to those who believe in Jesus.
Actually every promise written in the Bible belongs to the Believer in Christ.
These scriptures that promise you something are seeds waiting to be planted in your heart. For example 1 Peter 2:24 proclaims that by Jesus stripes you were healed. This is a healing seed. If you were to plant this scripture in your heart it would produce healing in your body. There are scriptures that promise you financial prosperity, peace of mind, sleep at night, long life, etc.
There is a promise in the Bible that will meet every need you could ever have. There are promises of great health and wealth for those who believe in Jesus. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life”. Jesus is the word of God. Therefore the word of God in your heart is the way, the truth, and the life.
I hope I have shown you the value of God’s word in your heart. Now that you understand its value I will share with you how to meditate on the word of God.
We meditate everyday of our lives. To meditate on something is to ponder it over and over in your mind. We are all masters of meditation. For example, your child is late coming home from a date. In your mind you begin to meditate. You begin to ponder and think about all the different things that could be the reason they are late. As you are meditating the emotion of worry or fear begins to attach itself to your thoughts. Even images appear in your mind of different things that could have happened. The fear and uncertainty of what could have happened to your child begins to torment your soul.
This is what happens when you meditate on negative things. You planted seeds of worry and fear in your heart. You mediated on those thoughts until emotions of fear and images of worst case scenarios filled your heart.
The fruit of mediating on the thoughts of worry and fear is torment.
It is natural for us to think on negative things. Thoughts of condemnation, fear, hopelessness, lack, lust, etc. come to our minds every day. If we ponder these thoughts they will enter into our hearts. Once these thoughts enter into our hearts, emotions and images begin to emerge inside of us. This is exactly how Satan sets us up to sin. We begin to mediate on sin. We even see ourselves sinning in our hearts. Now we are vulnerable to his temptations. If we would refuse to think on sin we would never yield to Satan’s temptations. It comes natural to us to yield to sin. This is why we must renew our minds to God’s word.
We must mediate on God’s word until the emotion of hope arises in our hearts. Once hope arises in our hearts our faith can give substance to the hope inside of us. As we mediate on the word of God we begin to see images of ourselves partaking of the promise we are believing for. Once you hope the emotion of hope and the image of yourself partaking of the promise the word of God has conceived in your heart. It has germinated and begins to grow. Now all you need to do is confess the promise with your mouth all of the time (think of how often plants need water) and wait for the harvest to come.
You mediate on God’s word by pondering on it over and over in your mind until it gets in your heart.
You know it is in your heart because you truly believe it. You know you believe it because the emotion of hope is in your heart. The 'God kind' of hope creates an expectancy that what His word said it will do, you believe it will do. As you are mediating on the word you must begin to imagine yourself partaking of the promise. Once you can see yourself partaking of the promise and hope is in your heart, then simply confess that promise and wait for God to manifest it in your life.
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Reverend David E.Watson
Founder and President of the University of Health and Healing. He has a heart for seeing people get healed, and freed from the shackles that Jesus broke off for us.
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