The subject of Bible meditation and its powerful positive benefits, which largely has to do with the changing of our minds to God’s Will, ways and purpose, is of utmost importance if we are going to experience and live in the blessings of God. So let us now take a look in God’s Word, the Bible, and see who God says we are in Christ Jesus, what God says we are in Christ Jesus and what God says is ours in Christ Jesus.
There are so many Scriptures concerning these things but we will examine three of them along these lines and how to meditate upon them.
Meditation in the Word of God is vital to Christian growth and development. The Word of God admonishes us to grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 3:18, King James Version of the Bible) To grow in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, we must feed upon the Word of God, getting an understanding of the Word and changing the way we think to line up with God’s Word, and then put it into practice in our daily lives. There is no other way.
God’s Holy Written Word, the Bible, is the greatest source of inspiration, motivation, information and truth that exist. It will give rest, peace, stability and refreshment to our weary souls and healing and health to our flesh if we read it daily and learn how to meditate in its precious promises. Yes, that is right, there is healing in the Word of God. (The Bible)
We should be feeding upon His Word, often. And through meditation we can feed upon His life-changing Word every moment of every day. You may not be able to read every moment of everyday. You have other things to do. You may not be able to study every moment. You may have other things to do. But you can meditate in His Word every moment of everyday, even while you do other things. If you can worry all the time (and you know that is possible), then you can meditate all the time, because worry is simply meditation upon fearful thoughts. Bible meditation is thinking based upon what God says, instead of what society says. God’s Word admonishes us to meditate in His Word day and night. That means meditate all the time.
Meditation in God’s Word, if properly taught and learned, can be done all the time. The Word of God can be going through your mind constantly and consistently, until it controls your thought life. When our minds are so filled and flooded with God’s Eternal Word concerning how to live and walk as believers in Jesus Christ, that it controls what we think, the way we think and how we think, and so fills our imagination that we are absorbed in it and can see and picture ourselves saying His Words and doing His Words, we will live the God kind of life with little or no effort.
I know that many of us have yet to really understand what I am about to say, but I really encourage you to muse, ponder and think upon the following statement until it becomes alive in you, until the Blessed Holy Spirit is able to reveal and unveil its essence and reality to your heart, in your spirit:
God’s Word is the place of His supernatural power. It is filled with God Himself because it is His Word. His Words are spiritual seeds of wisdom which when planted into the heart, through constant meditation and speaking, grows up in the every life and character of the person in and from the ground of whose heart it springs forth, and produces such as essence of Christ likeness that the believer literally is flooded with the very life and love of God and therefore walks in the power and glory of the presence of God, even in tangible ways.
Meditation in God’s Word changes the way that we think, therefore the way that we speak, therefore the way that we act, therefore the way that we treat others, therefore the results and experiences that we have in this journey of life.
Let us look then, at three passages of Scriptures and learn how to meditate in them to feed upon the truth and be transformed by their life-giving essence.
The first Scripture is found in the Book of 2 Corinthians. Let us feast upon this verse of Scripture so that God’s truth can come alive in us and thereby set us free from the past, releasing us to live anew in the present, with glorious hope and optimism for the future.
2 Corinthians 5:17-18
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all these things are of God, Who hath reconciled us to Himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation.”
Let us now meditate upon these verses that the Holy Spirit may Bible unveiled illumine them to our hearts, teaching our spirits and altering our thoughts to give us a new self-image of ourselves according to God’s view of ourselves rather than the world’s view of ourselves.
As we muse and ponder upon these two verses, let us not be in a hurry. The very first word in these verses stands out. It makes us wonder. It is the word, “therefore”. As we think upon this word it becomes evident that we must go back up in this chapter and find out what the therefore is there for. So let us begin our reading from 2 Corinthians 5: 14-16.
“For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: And that He died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto Him which died for them, and rose again. Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we Him no more.”
Now this explains the therefore for us. Because of what God has done for us in Christ Jesus, because of His great love for us, because of our response to His love, because we have made to decision to live for Jesus now, and because we made Him our Lord, therefore, we are now in Christ. Think upon that. We are in Christ. Say it softly to yourself: I am in Christ. I am in Him now. I am a part of Him, a part of His body, the church. I am a part of Him as the branch is a part of the Vine. He is the Vine and I am a branch in Him. Ponder this truth for a few minutes. Say it again and again to yourself: I am in Christ Jesus. I am no longer alone. I am in Him. He is in me. We are connected. We are in each other. I am in Christ and He is in me.
Now that we have seen and settled the matter, even as the Word has already settled it, that we are in Christ, let us look at who we are in Him. The verse goes on to say, If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature. Oh my. Muse upon this. Say it, mutter it to yourself, I am in Christ Jesus. I am a new creature. I am new. Now think about the word new. You are new. Say that, I am new. Think about this. You have started life all over again. You are new. The old you is gone, gone, gone. You are new. Your past sins are gone. Your past failures are gone. Your past hurts and wounds are gone. They are gone. You are new. Say that again: I am new.