Meditation: Practicing it Biblically
In my first post on meditation, I felt like it was necessary to set the foundation and show scriptures that prove that meditation is of God and it's something we're commanded to do. I think it's important that we also realize meditation and prayer are sisters. Prayer is what we say to God. Meditation is when we really focus on what He's saying to us. An effective spiritual life needs to have both prayer and meditation.
The problem is that we've focused so heavily on an effective prayer life that meditation has fallen to the wayside. Today, not only has it fallen to the wayside but it's become a bad word in Christianity. As a result, we've accepted how other religions define and practice meditation as truth. The reality is that it's not the practice of meditation in and of itself that's bad or wrong. It's what we're choosing to meditate on that makes the difference.
That being said, we have to remember that the enemy does not have the power to create. He is not Elohim, the name of God which means Strong Creator. All he can do is misuse what God has already created for his own messed up agenda. The music we listen to, the food we eat (and how much of it we eat), and who we have sex with are just a few examples of things he has twisted. We all know music, food, and sex aren't bad so long as they are enjoyed according to God's purpose. Meditation is on that list, too. So, in this post, we're going to reclaim our power as believers and discover how to meditate biblically.
Step 1: Find a Bible verse.
Whether you're reading a plan or just flip open the good book and see where it lands, the first step is to pick a Bible verse. Reading over the verse in context is helpful. In other words, reading the whole passage — the verses that come before and after the one verse you picked — will help you develop full insight into that verse's significance. Read over it a few times to gain an understanding of what's going on and what's being said.
Step 2: Pray over the verse.
The next thing you want to do is ask for the Holy Spirit's guidance concerning what it is he has for you from this scripture.
Step 3: Discover your centering thought.
Focus on the key principles, the commands, or the moral of the story that jumps out at you. At this point, don't be surprised if the verse you originally picked changes to another verse in the passage. The verse that weighs heaviest on you — be it the original verse or a new verse within the passage — is your centering thought.
In meditation, a centering thought is a principle that provides the framework for your meditation. It's the verse that guides your thoughts and, in return, your actions, interactions, and reactions in your relationship with God, others, and yourself. Where meditation is concerned, your centering thought is what activates Romans 12:2.
Step 4: Create your affirmation.
Now that you have your centering thought and a deeper understanding of its value, you need to create an affirmation. An affirmation is a purpose statement of sorts. It needs to be in the first person, present tense. Your affirmation is speaking God's word to life. Here are a few examples:
A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength. (Proverbs 17:22)
My heart is cheerful and my spirit is whole.
So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever. (2 Corinthians 4:18)
The impact of my life stretches beyond my earthly experience.
Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. (1 Corinthians 13:4-7)
I am love.
You'll notice with the last one that I used more than one verse. That's okay. It's like that sometimes!
Step 5: Meditate
Put on some instrumental music (preferably something you don't know the words to so your mind doesn't drift off of the meditation itself), meditation sounds, or nature sounds and meditate. Take a few slow, deep, intentional breaths, and repeat your affirmation aloud. Do this a few times, then repeat your affirmation silently in your head. Your affirmation is connected to your centering thought, so the Bible verse will always be in the back of your mind. It's okay to repeat the Bible verse, too. You can do this for five minutes, twenty minutes, or even just the length of the song you're playing. Just let it soak in and watch how it impacts your mood and your day.
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