Meditating on God's Word
I spoke in church last night. The LORD blessed us. My topic was, Meditating on God's Word. This is my message from last night.
-Tonight we are focusing on holding on to God's Word, the Bible, and different ways that we hold on to God's Word's, the Bible. I will be talking about how we need to MEDITATE on God's Word.
-I encourage you all to read PSALM 119. PSALM 119 may have been written by Ezra the priest and it is a repetitive MEDITATION on the beauty of God's Word and how it helps us stay pure and grow in faith.
-I've already asked the Holy Ghost to speak through me and use me tonight. I'm asking the Holy Spirit again to please speak through me and use me tonight.
-As I speak, these words hit me first because I certainly need to MEDITATE on the Word of God as we all need to MEDITATE on the Word of God.
-The word MEDITATE means to think deeply and continuously. MEDITATION is quiet, deep contemplation.
-The version of the Bible that I read is the New Living Translation Version of the Bible and my quotes come from that translation or version of the Bible. *I must say that it is important to read a translation or version of the Bible that you can understand. The KJV of the Bible can be difficult to read, study, recite, understand and MEDITATE on because we don't speak like the KJV of the Bible is written. How can we hold on to God's Word if we do not understand God's Word? So I strongly suggest and recommend getting a version or translation of the Bible that is translated into contemporary English, how we talk today. Getting a contemporary English version of God's Word can open up God's Word to you in a new way! I believe that a lot of people don't read the KJV of the Bible because it can be difficult to read and comprehend. Therefore, people loose interest in it and don't read it. I believe that people will read the Bible if they can read and understand what they are reading.
-With that being said, the Bible says in, PSALMS 1: 1-3, (New Living Translation of the Bible), "Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with scoffers. But they delight in doing everything the LORD wants; day and night they think about his law. They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season without fail. Their leaves never wither, and in all they do, they prosper."
-The "law" means all of Scripture: the first five books of Moses, the Prophets, and the other writings. The more that we understand God's Word, the more resources we will have to guide us in our daily decisions.
-You can learn how to follow God by thinking about His Word. This means spending time reading the Bible and thinking about what you have read. It means asking yourself how you should change so you're living as God wants. Knowing and thinking about God's Word are the first steps toward applying it to your everyday life. If you want to follow God more closely, you must know what He says.
-Having a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ is the most important relationship that we can have. It is very important that we develop and strengthen our relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ so that we will be able to endure the troubles, storms, trials, tribulations and pains that life sometimes throws our way. It is very important that we develop and strengthen our relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ so that our faith in Him grows, strengthens and develops.
-Going to church and listening to preachers is important and needed. However, our own personal relationship with the LORD really grows, strengthens, develops when we spend ONE-on-ONE time with the LORD everyday at home, on the job, at school, and on our free time.
-How do we get to know someone and develop our relationship with them if we don't spend time with them? Whether it is a significant other or a friend, long distance relationships tend not to work and long distance relationships dissolve because there is a lack of communication and closeness. People in long distance relationships can loose touch with each other and because of that their relationship falls apart. Friends can drift apart and lovers can fall out of love with each other because there is a lack of communication and closeness.
-The LORD communicated to us through His Word, the Bible. Our relationship with the LORD grows, strengthens and develops by MEDITATING on His Word, the Bible. We need to think deeply and continuously about what the LORD said to us in His Word, the Bible, if we really want to deeply know the LORD and have a strong, unwavering relationship with the LORD.
-We need to MEDITATE, think deeply and continuously about what the LORD said to us in His Word, the Bible; if we want to grasp, hold on to, remember, take in and be saturated by the Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit's leading and the Holy Spirit's Word, the Bible.
-All of us have studied for tests in school. However, we've forgotten and lost a lot of the information that we studied because we don't think about or MEDITATE on the information that we studied to keep that information fresh in our hearts, minds and souls. We didn't grasp, hold on to, remember, and take in a lot of the information that we studied in school because after the tests, we didn't continue to deeply think about or MEDITATE on what we studied. -If we don't deeply think about or MEDITATE on the guidance, Scriptures, teachings, and lessons that are in God's Word, the Bible, then we are not going to be able to grasp God's Word. If we don't continue to MEDITATE on God's Word, we are not going to be able to hold on to God's Word. If we don't continue to MEDITATE on God's Word, we are not going to be able to remember God's Word. If we don't MEDITATE on God's Word, we are not going to be able to take in and be saturated by God's Word.
-MEDITATING on God's Word, the Bible, is key to knowing the LORD. MEDITATING on God's Word enables us to grasp God's Word and who God is. MEDITATING on God's Word enables us to hold on to God's Word and hold on to God. MEDITATING on God's Word enables us to remember God's Word and remember God in our everyday daily lives. MEDITATING on God's Word enables us to take in God's Word into our hearts, minds and souls. MEDITATING on God's Word enables us to be saturated by the Holy Spirit and the guidance, teachings, and lessons that are in God's Word.
-The Lord Jesus Christ said in, MATTHEW 5: 17-19, (New Living Translation Version of the Bible), "Don't misunderstand why I have come. I did not come to abolish the law of Moses or the writings of the prophets. No, I came to fulfill them. I assure you, until heaven and earth disappear, even the smallest detail of God's law will remain until its purpose is achieved. So if you break the smallest commandment and teach others to do the same, you will be the least in the Kingdom of Heaven. But anyone who obeys God's laws and teaches them will be great in the Kingdom of Heaven."
-Some of those in the crowd that Jesus was talking to were experts at telling others what to do, but they missed the central point of God's laws themselves. Jesus made it clear, however, that obeying God's laws is more important than explaining them. It's much easier to study God's laws and tell others to obey them than to put them into practice. How are you doing at obeying God yourself?
-Jesus said in, JOHN 14: 26, (New Living Translation Version of the Bible), "But when the Father sends the Counselor as my representative - and by Counselor I mean the Holy Spirit - he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I myself have told you."
-I pray that the Holy Spirit helps us to MEDITATE on God's Word, in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ. I pray that the Holy Spirit, helps us to focus as we MEDITATE on God's Word, in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
-The Bible says in, JAMES 2: 14-17, (New Living Translation), "Dear brothers and sisters, what's the use of saying you have faith if you don't prove it by your actions? That kind of faith can't save anyone. Suppose you see a brother or sister who needs food or clothing, and you say, 'Well, good-bye and God bless you; stay warm and eat well' - but then you don't give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do? So you see, it isn't enough just to have faith. Faith that doesn't show itself by good deeds is no faith at all - it is dead and useless."
-We can not earn our salvation by serving and obeying God. But actions show that our commitment to God is real. Deeds of loving service are not a substitute for, but rather a verification of, our faith in Christ.
-Faith without works is dead. You have to work to be saturated by God's Word and His Holy Spirit. God is not going to make you do anything and God is not going to do everything for you. There are some things that you have to do. You may be waiting on God but God is waiting on you. You can not be lazy if you want to be saturated by the Holy Spirit and God's Word. You need to and must make yourself MEDITATE on God's Word.
In the Lord Jesus Christ,