How to study the word Part 2

In Part 1 of this series, I talked about studying the scriptures firstly to find out who you are in Christ. This is very important. 

When you are armed with the knowledge of who you are in Christ, it will help you fight against discouragement and every evil fiery darts that the enemy will throw at you. As you do this you then need to keep meditating on the word of God.

Hence today I want to talk to you about meditating on the word of God. 

This is very simple yet most believers don’t understand it or think it is not necessary, yet David said in Psalms 119:97 (NET) Oh! How I love your law, all DAY LONG I MEDITATE ON IT.

What does it mean to meditate?

It is simply to focus on something and keep thinking about that thing so much so it has an effect on you.

Now listen to this, everyone meditates, either deliberately or not! When you worry, you are meditating, you are thinking about a bad, fearful or not too good situation in your life. You focus on that situation and you think about it so much, at times you can’t sleep at night. Sometimes it might even lead to illness such as depression. 

That is meditating, albeit a negative one. 

Listen to what Apostle Paul says in Romans 12:2 (ESV), ‘Do not be shaped by this world, instead be changed within by a new way of thinking (meditating – my own words). Then you will be able to decide what God wants for you, you will know what is good and pleasing to him and what is perfect.

For many people who are adults, worry is a lifestyle. For years you have had to worry about everything but now as believers, we are being advised in the verse above to embrace a new way of thinking. How?

The same way you think and worry about an issue, now take the word of God, read it, focus on it and think about it all day long.

For example, Proverbs 4:20-22 (NLT)says ‘my child, pay attention to what I say. Listen carefully to my words. Don't lose sight of them. Let them penetrate deep into your heart for they bring life to those who find them and healing to their whole body.

Take this verse of the bible and think about it all day, the Lord is saying to you, by putting his word in your heart and keeping it there, his word will bring healing to your whole body. Alleluia !

The more you think about this verse of the bible, the less you think about the doctors’ scary report. You think about it and speak it to your situation. 

Another example, Exodus 23:25, ‘And ye shall serve the Lord your God, and he shall bless thy bread and thy water and I will take away sickness from the midst of thee’

Take this verse of the bible and think about it all the time and when you hear everyone is falling ill because there is flu all over the place or some bug going round, you can say boldly to yourself, this won’t come near me and my household because of what the word says. 

Another example, Exodus 23:23 ‘There shall nothing cast their young, nor be barren, in thy land; the number of thy days I will fulfil.

Take this scripture and focus on it and think about it all the time and you won’t be able to entertain the fear of miscarriage or untimely death. When the thought wants to come to you because you can't stop thoughts coming (though you can refuse it making residence in your mind), you remember this scripture because you have been thinking about it and faith rises within you and fear flees.

I will give one more example and allow you begin to study the scriptures and meditate on it.

Psalms 27:1. ‘The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid’

Read this, focus on it, think about it and put it in your heart and don’t let it depart from your eyes. Whatever it is causing fear in your heart becomes nothing compared to your God. It says the Lord is the strength of my life so whom shall I be afraid of? (Nobody/Nothing)

Friends’, meditating on the word of God is powerful, with time if you are consistent, you will notice a new you, a bolder you, a champion of God who is fearless and as bold as a lion (Proverbs 28:1b – the righteous are bold as a lion)

This is the will of God for you.

Shalom

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