are you struggling to study and meditate on the word of god effectively?, Christwin has compiled 6 effective ways to meditate on the word of God with ease.
Meditating refers to a mental activity through which one examines something maturely. It is to reflect at length on a thought, a word, writing, an event, a situation, etc., in order to deepen it, in order to discover, understand, and thus know. The Bible tells us to this effect: “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” John 8-32 (KJV).
If we are Christians, it is because Christ paid the price so that we could live a fully satisfying life in Him. If today we endure our lives rather than enjoy them, it is for lack of knowledge, as it is written: “My people are destroyed, because they lack knowledge…” Hosea 4-6 (KJV ).
For lack of knowledge, therefore, we allow destruction and death to gradually take hold of all areas of our life, including illness, unemployment, debt, poverty, apostasy, etc. until we are completely destroyed. But knowledge, on the contrary, gives life. This knowledge is the fruit of meditating on the Word of God. God has put in His Word everything we need to be successful in anything we do. If we just read it, we will discover nothing and continue to live a life of failure. To read the Bible is to be satisfied with “logos”, with the letter that kills; but to meditate is to seek and discover the “Rhema”, the revelation of the quickening spirit (2 Corinthians 3-6). This is why God gave this command to Joshua:
“Let not this book of the law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, to act faithfully according to all that is written in it; for it is then that you will be successful in your endeavors, it is then that you will be successful. Joshua 1-8 (KJV)
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1- Invoke God before opening your Bible.
Who better than the author of a text, to help better understand his writings? God is the author of the Bible. Paul’s second epistle to Timothy (2 Timothy 3-16) teaches us to this effect that all scripture is inspired by God. He is therefore the best person to tell us what he is talking about. Engaging in meditation on the word without invoking God, who is the author of this word, can very quickly turn out to be absurd and futile. We have to call on Him so that He will lead us and speak to us through His Word.
2- Be filled with the Holy Spirit.
When Jesus our Master left this world, he promised us the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of truth, to lead us into all truth (John 16-13). He kept his word in that at Pentecost the Spirit that was promised did come down. As the Lord told us, He is here to teach us and leads us through all revelation. It is therefore through His Spirit that God reveals himself to us from now on. This is why it is difficult to understand something from the Bible when you are not filled with the Holy Spirit.
3- Meditate with humility.
When the time comes to meditate, you have to take off your proud, all-knowing, “super-spiritual” mantle and calm down to receive from God. Even though this is a verse that you have already read and pondered over a hundred times, the Lord can still tell you something new on this occasion. But the Lord resists the proud, He gives grace, therefore reveals Himself, only to the humble of heart (James 4-6; 1 Peter 5-5). So if you come into his presence with prejudices and preconceived ideas, you will receive nothing.
4- Do not look for something but for someone.
When we engage in meditation on the Word, we should not be looking for something, but someone, God. John 1-1 teaches us that the Word is God. Usually, we meditate out of interest, according to our current challenges, to find a solution (something). Know that we meditate first to discover God. As soon as we are in His presence, all of our yokes are broken. When we have God, we have everything. If we continue to meditate on the Word of God as an Advocate consults the civil code to put in place a defense strategy, our meditation will remain sterile. God reveals Himself to those who seek Him (not His strategies, His tricks, His principles, in order to get what we want), with all their heart. Some, for example, are not really interested in God but meditate on the Bible to discover the biblical principles to enrich yourself or to succeed in such and such a thing. At the time, it can seem very spiritual but know that to meditate, it is first to seek God.
5- The Bible cannot be read, it is listened to.
To meditate on the Bible is to listen to the spirit. We often meditate on the Bible as we would with any work that the author no longer lives, to enlighten us on his ideas. We, therefore, try to manage to understand what he would have wanted to say since there is no longer any way to ask him directly. But God is not dead, He lives forever. Hallelujah! We can therefore at any time ask Him through the Holy Spirit what He means in this or that other biblical passage. At this stage, the meditation tends towards a form of prayer where one converses with God through the Holy Spirit. So don’t hesitate to stop and ask the Holy Spirit for the revelation behind this or that statement.
6- Go at the rhythm of God (we cannot understand everything at the same time).
There are verses that we meditate on and that we cannot understand immediately despite all our good faith. It is a question of spiritual level of maturity. Then comes a fact by which the Holy Spirit reminds us of the passage we had meditated on without really understanding and gives us the revelation. Let’s go to the rhythm of God. Not everything is understood overnight and that is no reason to be discouraged. Let us trust the Lord, He knows the right time to reveal this or that aspect of His Word to us.