8.03.2018

Be INTENTIONAL. Find your BEST WAY!

How do you learn things best?
Listening?
Watching?
Doing?

How do you REMEMBER the information you learned?
Repeating it verbally?
Writing?
Art?
Music?
Movement?

We all learn, process, and interact with information differently. We all take the information in. The question is, what do with it once it gets there? This question matters because it affects how we spit the information back out, and how we implement it in our daily lives. Especially when it comes to Scripture.

James tells us, But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing. (James 1)

So how do we transition from HEARING to DOING?
"Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful." Joshua 1:8
It is a prescriptive verse.
Do not let Scripture leave you

Meditate on it day and night

So that you will do everything written in it

Then you will find success

The key phrase in this verse is to meditate on God's Word - all day long - from the moment we rise until the moment we rest our heads on our pillows. It is a lovely thought. A beautiful image.
So what does it mean to meditate?
The dictionary defines it this way:
med·i·tate: to engage in contemplation or reflection
: to engage in mental exercise for the purpose of reaching a heightened level of spiritual awareness
: to focus one's thoughts on : reflect on or ponder over
: to plan or project in the mind : intend, purpose
synonyms: chew over,  consider, contemplate, mull (over), ponder, ruminate, study, think (about or over), 

And then there are these fanTAStic quotes to consider!

"Meditation will keep your hearts and souls from sinful thoughts. When the vessel is full, you can put in no more. If the heart is full of sinful thoughts--then there is no room for holy and heavenly thoughts. If the heart is full of holy and heavenly thoughts by meditation--then there is no room for evil and sinful thoughts." - William Bridge

"It often astonishes me that I did not see the importance of meditation upon Scripture earlier in my Christian life. We must consider what we read, ponder over it, and apply it to our hearts. The most important thing I do, is to read the Word of God and to meditate on it. Thus my heart might is comforted, encouraged, warned, reproved and instructed." - George Mueller

"The reason we come away so cold from reading the Word, is because we do not warm ourselves at the fire of meditation. Without meditation, the truths which we know will never affect our hearts. As a hammer drives a nail to the head, so mediation drives a truth to the heart. Read before you meditate. Reading furnishes with matter--it is the oil which feeds the lamp of meditation. Be sure your mediations are founded upon Scripture. Reading without meditation is barren and unfruitful; meditation without reading is dangerous." - Thomas Watson

"Some people like to read so many chapters every day. I would not dissuade them from the practice, but I would rather let my soul soak in half a dozen verses all day, than rinse my hand in several chapters. Oh, to be bathed in a text of Scripture, and to let it be sucked up into your very soul, till it saturates your heart! Set your heart upon God's Word! Let your whole nature be plunged into it as a cloth into a dye!" - Charles Spurgeon

It seems fitting now to ask again ...
How do you remember information? And more specifically, how do you remember the things you read in Scripture, the sermons you hear, the quotes you read about holy things?
Verbally repeating them?
Writing?
Art?
Music?
Movement?

If we will take time to assess our learning styles to articulate how we learn best in school, figure out how we process and analyze data effectively to increase productivity at work, and understand the different love languages in order to better love our spouse and children, wouldn't it be wise to apply all of these same efforts to our time spent in the Word of God and in prayer? Of course!

Wouldn't it be an absolute joy to find our BEST way to mediatate on the truths of God's Word - and then make it a daily practice?
Meditating while writing out the truths of Scripture.
Meditating on the insights of a sermon while on a run.
Meditating on the beauty of a verse while painting by the natural light of God's creation.
Meditating through words while sharing what you learned with someone else.
Meditating on the promises of God while turning them into lyrics on a page.

Imagine the countless, creative ways in which we can think, ponder, consider, and contemplate the beauty of God's Word. The opportunities are endless!

But it must begin by getting the Word of God IN our minds. We cannot meditate on something which does not exist. Read Scripture. Listen to Scripture read out loud. Listen to sermons. Add worship music written directly from the pages of Scripture. And then - let the meditating begin! Don't settle for mediocrity. Fill your mind with the things of God and then think about those things ALL DAY - in the way you think best - and enjoy the blessings and joy that come from obeying God's command!
"Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful." Joshua 1:8

"But his delight is in the Law of the LORD, and on His law he meditates day and night." Psalm 1:2

"I meditate on Your precepts, and consider Your ways." Psalm 119:15

"Oh, how I love Your law! I meditate on it all day long." Psalm 119:97

"My eyes stay open through the watches of the night, that I may meditate on Your promises."
Psalm 119:148

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