Sunday, September 23, 2012

Meditating on the Word of God

Meditating on the Word of God
(A Sure Foundation I, Lesson 1)
Started:  08-18-2012
Finished:   09-23-2012

It is absolutely imperative for every Christian to understand the importance of the Word of God in his/her life.   There will not be any long term effective change of any value in your life, unless the Word of God becomes an integral part of your daily life.

If you want change in your life, the only way to bring it about with any certainty, is by the “renewing of your mind.”

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind,
 that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
 ~ Romans 12:2 (NKJV)

Renewing of your mind takes place when God’s Word is speaking directly to you.  The Bible tells us that the Word of God is alive and powerful.

For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword,
piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow,
and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
 ~ Hebrews 4:12  (NKJV)

The Holy Spirit speaks supernaturally through the pages of the Bible and if God is not speaking to you through His Word on a daily basis, you are missing out on the most awesome aspect of being a true Christian.  Even more importantly, if you are not ‘hearing’ God speak on a personal level to your through His Word, it is NOT God’s fault.  He is not the One who is distant from you, or withholding information from you.  It is YOUR receiver that is faulty.  You are either too busy and entangled with the distractions of this world to hear God’s voice, or you are just not ‘listening’.   It is God’s greatest desire to fellowship with His children and to impart truth and revelation to us.

In Mark 4, Jesus taught the parable of the Sower.  In this illustration we learn that the Word of God is a seed.  How we sow and respond to the seed (Word) of God in our own lives will ultimately determine the type of fruit (success) we achieve in our lives.

Jesus said in John 6 verse 63, “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.”

God’s Word is “life to those who find it, and health to all their flesh”  (Proverbs 4:22)

Knowing Scripture without it becoming a living part of your life is futile though.  In order to experience effective change in your life, you must apply the message of the Word, mixed with faith.  God’s Word must live on the inside of you, permeate your thoughts and saturate your emotions.

You can only reap what you sow.  Whatever you fill your mind and time with is what you will be reaping in your life.

Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.  ~ Galatians 6:7

Not only do people not realize that they will be reaping what they’re sowing, they also want instantaneous results.  The Bible teaches that the process of seedtime and harvest takes time.  We will reap our harvest “in due time”  (Galatians 6:9)  Just as a farmer has to cultivate the ground and patiently nourish and care for the crops as they grow, just so it is when you sow the Word of God in your life.

Start by seeking out Scripture references pertaining to the specific issue in your life, memorize it, meditate on it day and night and before long, you will find that your faith starts to increase and change will occur.

Some important thoughts:

1.  Reading and memorizing God’s Word is not enough.   It must be mixed with faith.

“For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them;
but the word which they heard did not profit them not being mixed with faith
in those who heard it.”  (
Hebrews 4:2)

2.  It is a progressive and systematic process which will eventually bear fruit.

26 And He said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground, 27 and should sleep by night and rise by day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he himself does not know how. 28 For the earth yields crops by itself: first the blade, then the head, after that the full grain in the head. 29 But when the grain ripens, immediately he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.”  (Mark 4:26-29)

The above article represents a brief summary and personal thoughts based on the first lesson in the series called, A Sure Foundation, offered by Charis Bible College.  The series is offered to students attending numerous Charis campus locations across the globe, and also available via DVD through a correspondence program.

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