In Your Bible Read This
Here Is Your Memory Verse
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
Afterwards Talk About This
What are the promises we have found for those who will keep their minds and hearts fixed in God’s word day and night?
Something To Do Before Next Time
If you haven’t got one search out your own secret place of the Most High. Put your name on it, fix a time for it, and arrange to meet with God there every day. Be ready next time to tell us how you got on.
Written Diploma Work
Ask the Lord to show you the depths of a verse this week and write a two page essay using all your senses to explain all that he has revealed to you in it.
Meditate Word By Word On This Verse
Proverbs 24, 3-4
Spend a Minute to Change the World
Pray for Canada – 28,000,000 North Americans in many cultures. 85% ‘Christian,’ 20% attend, former great missionary vision.
Be sure to teach this lesson to others. Always pray and prepare well adding your own verses and stories to bring it to life.
Lots of people recommend meditation and eastern religions make a habit of it. But watch out – worldly meditation aims to empty your mind and if you do that Satan will surely fill it. Did you ever notice that in a battle the fighting takes place in the no man’s land between the armies? To be safe you and your mind must be always on God’s side.
Biblical meditation fills your mind with the word of God and has been part of our walk with God since time began.
The Benefits Of Meditation
The word of God is the doorway into the mind of God and meditation is the passage into the rooms full of treasure. Meditation is a meeting point with God and you can expect revelation, growth, encouragement, power and insight for spiritual warfare and witness.
Meditate On The Word Day And Night
- You will be prosperous and successful.
- You will yield fruit in season
- Your new growth will not wither:
- Whatever you do will prosper.
- You will have more insight.You will be blessed in what you do.
- You will have good stored up in you.
Joshua 1.8; Psalms 1.2,3; 119.99; James 1.25; Matthew 12.35
The Two Fold Purpose Of Meditation
Firstly, To Bless God
David wanted the words of his mouth and the meditation of his heart to please the Lord. Psalm 19.14
Secondly, To Enrich You
Paul said, ” Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.” Then you will be able to teach and admonish one another with all wisdom. Col. 3.16
What Do You Meditate On?
Meditation is a time to explore the mind of the One you love, to discover him, how he thinks and his wisdom and ways. You will surprised how much the Lord speaks to you once you have become quiet inside and can hear his voice. The Psalm writers often wrote about their own direction in meditation. What did they say?
We meditate on your unfailing love.
I will meditate on all your works.
We consider all your mighty deeds.
I meditate on your precepts.
I consider your ways.
I meditate on your law all day long.
I meditate on your promises.
Psalms 48.9; 77.12; 119.15, 97, 148.
How Do You Meditate?
To meditate means to mull, chew, reflect, imagine, study, mutter, commune, even complain. Here are some well tried ways to help you create a regular time of meditation. If you persevere this good habit will enrich your Christian life more than you can imagine.
You Need Your Own Secret Place Of The Most High
See Psalm 91. A corner, a room, an attic, a basement. God will meet with you anywhere. A woman used to throw her apron over her head. When she did that the family knew not to disturb her! For Isaac, his secret place to meet with God was a field, see Genesis 24.63
You Need Quietness
Somewhere away from the chatter of family and people, away from street noise, telephone and television. Nowhere like that near you? What’s the noise level like at 5 am? That’s my secret place.
You Need Self Discipline
To visit your secret place regularly and also to deal with distractions and temptations that come into your mind, and maybe into your stomach too.
Keep a notebook handy to jot down what your memory says is important. That usually satisfies the mind. Allow yourself time to become quiet inside. For me that often takes 20 minutes or so. Pray and invite the Lord to speak to you and to guide you.
You Need A Pathway To Follow
Something that interests you, captures your attention or a verse or two that God gives you. Then you can enter into God’s mind as he reveals and explains his word to you. Jeremiah said, “When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight.” Jeremiah 15.16.
Take Your Time
Examine the passage phrase by phrase, using your holy imagination to think, see, hear, smell, touch and even taste what is happening in the words. Listen for creative thoughts and unique explanations from the Holy Spirit.
Now Have A Go For Yourself:
Read Job 23, 10-12 little by little
the way . . that I take.
When he has tested me.
I will come forth as gold.
Because my feet closely follow . . his steps. .
Now keep going, mull, chew, reflect, imagine, study, mutter, commune, even complain but talk with Jesus.
Or you could meditate on a theme like the names of God, say one each day.
Jehovah Tsidekenu – the Lord my Righteousness.
Jehovah M’Kaddesh – the Lord who Sanctifies.
Jehovah Shalom – the Lord is Peace.
Jehovah Shammah – the Lord is There.
Jehovah Rophe – the Lord who heals.
Jehovah Jireh – the Lord will Provide.
Jehovah Nissi – the Lord is my Banner.
Jehovah Rohi – the Lord my Shepherd.
Have you noticed that every lesson gives you an appropriate verse to explore in your secret place?
To Close Pray for the World’s Most Unreached Peoples by Name
Taken from the Joshua Project Unreached Peoples List these people have no church and as yet no cell, church or mission has committed themselves to prayer, adoption or church planting among this people.