The hidden half of domestic violence
How to have eternal life
Today, I have pondered pondering. Most of us do not call it pondering, we call MEDITATION. Our minds are often so full with garbage and useless facts, that we can't focus the mind on the important. Let us empty our minds and aim our thought processes on the eternal. Today we tend to focus on money and prosperity, MORE THAN FOCUSING OUR HEARTS AND MINDS ON GOD.
We would rather evaluate our spirituality on accumulation of things. Mat. 6:33--- puts the proper priority of things, God first, things second? Because meditation has been taken to extremes, we often want to avoid thinking about meditation. But we have many examples of meditation, and calls in the Bible to meditate.
To meditate is: TO FOCUS ONE'S THOUGHTS, to study, to ponder, to reflect, to dwell and think upon, contemplation, absorption, plan, project. Great men/women of God learn the beauty of meditation. But today we are too busy to take the time to rest the body and release the power of the mind in study of the Word of God. Many grow weary, because they never study, a discipline of the mind. Meditation can open the creative mind to the Holy Spirit's work.
The word says: Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in Thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and redeemer. St. Francis of Assisi said: Where there is peace and meditation, there is neither anxiety nor doubt.
#1 Mary's meditation helped prepare her. Mary, in Luke 2:19, meditated about the things she had seen and heard. This was to remember and ponder in her heart. I believe this purposed meditation helped her through storms and trials ahead.
#2 Peter's meditation brought change.
Peter heard the rooster crow, Mark 14:72, and this "called to His mind," he
meditated on the words of Jesus. This meditation of Peter caused real repentance
and a change of
#3Judas never meditated, but reacted to his problems and made a bigger problem. The lack of meditation and thought always enlarges problems.
#4 Meditation heads off shame.
2Tim.2:15 --- STUDY to show thy self approved unto God, a workman that need not
to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. Mat.22:29---
a spirit of error spawns from lack of mental preparation. Ignorance is not blest.
#5 Meditation requires quietness. Job 34:29; Isa. 32:17; Lam.3:26; 2 Chron 20--- is a lesson on being still. It takes much more faith to be still and trust God, than to load our tongues and razor blade our friends.
#6 Meditation will birth powerful testimonies. 1Tim 4:15 Meditate on these things, give yourself wholly to them; that your profiting appear to all. Lack of meditations makes weak testimonies. Rev 12:11 discusses there is overcoming power in testimonies.
#7 Meditation gives life to JOY. What do we do for a spirit of heaviness? Isa.61:3, Psa 5:11; Psa.30:5; Depression will thrive in the lives of all that fail to think upon these things--- Phil.4:8. We must discipline our thought processes and purposes, to dwell upon the promises of God. Are you a victim or a victor? Depends on what you focus and meditate!
#8 Meditation will emerge with understanding. Solomon asked God in 1Kings 3:9 for an understanding heart, to discern good and bad. This request pleased God. (vs. 10) Spouses need to understand. Pastors often lack understanding. We need more than head knowledge, we must have compassion and go beyond lip service. Understanding can never happen without meditation.
#9 Meditation will release FAITH. Rom.
10:17 Faith comes by hearing, hearing the word of God. This is far beyond
hearing with the ears. All have a measure of faith--(Rom.12:3), how much is a
measure? Enough! We don't need an increase of faith, we need to launch out what
faith we have. If we make a commitment of our mind to God's Word, we will
accomplish His Work! Faith
#10 Meditation gives rise to
stability. We live in a day of quitters and unfaithfulness. Psa. 119:165 Great
peace have they that love, (know, abide,
meditate) in Thy Law, and nothing shall offend them. 1 Cor. 4:2Faithfulness is not optional. If we consider what that lack of stability cost, we would know we can't afford unfaithfulness.
#11 Meditation will increase prayer, Bible study, and Praise. Meditation can revolutionize our hunger and desire. The more you know, the more you want to know. One can never realize their ignorance until they start learning and growing. Psa. 104:34.
#12 Meditation has rewards and promise. Joshua 1:8 If we will meditate on God's law day and night, and DO IT, God promises us to prosper and have success.
#13 Meditation will introduce the heart to real singing. We can have a song during the night.(Psa.30:4-5) Psa.7:17; Psa. 9:11; Psa. 13:6; Psa.27:6; (Psa. 33:2---Music is praise of skill with instruments and voices.)
Listening constantly to the wrong music can create confusion. Good music can create the proper atmosphere and open our thought processes. Remember, Saul called upon
David to play skillfully and Saul's nerve problems and stress were reduced. We must learn to focus our thought processes on the word of God and His plan
(meditation). This meditation is useless unless we apply what we learn to our daily walk. God's word will not return void. As the mind applies the word, it will transform the heart. Change is possible. Guard the loins of your mind, wait upon the Lord --- HE WILL!!
His servant, Wade Martin Hughes, Sr
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