Meditation in the Word

There is no real change in the life of the believer without
meditation in the Word. Meditation means speaking the Word aloud slowly or
revolving it around in the mind over and over again. The Word will not affect
you until it gets from your head to your underlying thought patterns, the spirit of your mind (Ephesians 4:23).
 
Notice Psalm 1:1-3: Blessed
is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path
of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful;  but his delight is in the law of the Lord,
and in His law he meditates day and night. 
He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings
forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever
he does shall prosper.
Notice that meditation in the Word causes a person’s whole
life to blossom like a well nourished tree on a river bank! That’s because
meditation moves the Word from the conscious mind to the spirit of man, where
these underlying thought patterns are closely aligned. Once the Word replaces
these wrong underlying thought patterns, life changes!
 
Notice Joshua 1:8: This
Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it
day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in
it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good
success.
I want you to see here that meditation in the Word produces the
ability to do according to all that is
written therein!
  
Start in the New Testament with the scriptures that include
the Words in Christ, In Him, or In Whom. You’ll find these in Kenneth Hagin’s
mini book In Him. Start to speak them
out loud, and cogitate them in your mind. Take ten or fifteen minutes a day to
meditate on the word.
 
For me, once I did this, I then began to find scriptures
that related to problem areas of my life. Scriptures that had to do with anger,
unforgiveness, gossip, healing, answered prayer, etc. I would look them up,
write them down, and take them to a quiet place and meditate on them. My life
changed!
   
Meditate in your car, as you go to sleep at night, or take a
break during the day. Go to a quiet place, close you eyes, and speak the
scriptures to yourself. Make meditation a daily practice. The Word will begin
to replace wrong thinking and believing. The wrong underlying thought patterns
will be replaced with the truth of the Word. You behavior will slowly conform
to your new belief system. And you’ll be a changed person! 21 to 28 days begins
the formation of new habits. So give yourself a month or so, and you’ll begin
to see changes in your outward conduct. The Word meditated upon and acted on
brings tangible results! 
Tomorrow, I’ll give you some personal examples of what
meditation in the Word has done to change me.
 

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