In my last post I talked about the effect that toxic core beliefs can have on your actions and thus your destiny. If you didn’t see it, you can click here. I mentioned a simple key I discovered a few years ago that has greatly helped me in renewing my thinking. This key is Scripture meditation.
Psalm 1:1-3, describes how powerful this key is, “Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on His law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.”
There are many other Scriptures that also speak of meditating upon God’s Word: Joshua 1:8; Psalm 119:15, 23, 27, 48, 78, 97, 99, 148; Colossians 3:2; Philippians 4:8; Malachi 3:16; 1 Timothy 4:15 and others.
Meditating on Scripture can be done in several different ways. The model I use is a combination of two methods I learned. Find a quiet place and get comfortable. Using a notebook or journal, write one verse at the top. Read it out loud several times slowly, taking in each word and phrase. You can also pray it and sing it if you’d like. Ask questions. Write down all the thoughts that come to mind, and how it speaks to you. If it’s a long verse, break it into short phrases and do this for each phrase. You can do this in as little as fifteen minutes, or longer, whatever works for your schedule.
After you finish writing your thoughts, write a short thank you to God for how it spoke to you or for what He showed you. This can be one or two sentences. Then write, My son/daughter, and stop to listen. Begin writing whatever you hear God saying to you. It may seem like your own thoughts, but write them down. You can analyze and test them later. If you’re not sure whether you’re hearing Him or not, share your thoughts with a trusted, more mature friend or leader to get their input. God longs to speak to you even more than you want Him to; trust His Holy Spirit to lead and guide you.
If you battle distracting thoughts, keep bringing your mind back into focus. Reading out loud can help with this. If you think of things you need to do later, write them in the margin or on another sheet of paper, then go back to your meditation. If other topics or verses come up while you’re meditating, write them at the bottom of the page or on another sheet of paper and use them for another day. Having soft, instrumental music playing in the background can also help.
Try different things to find what works best for you. There is no right or wrong way to do it; the important thing is not to give up. Some days you will be amazed at what God will show you. Other days, it may seem dull or dry; that’s okay, just keep at it. If you will do this consistently, your thinking will begin to line up with God’s Word which is His thoughts. You will also develop a greater hunger to know Him and His Word. I encourage you to try it and see, after all, what do you have to lose? Let me know what you think once you’ve given it a try!