This document answers the most important question surrounding Christian meditation, “How do I meditate on the word of God?”. First and foremost we are instructed by the Bible that meditating on the Word of God will give us the ability to hear God. God's voice is our source of pure life which emanates through all creation. Without is, creation would collapse. Furthermore, we are instructed to receive life from His living word (Mt 4:4, Deut. 8:3) "Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God"
This is equivalent to what Jesus states in John 5:14 when He refers to His Spirit in people being endless source of living water. These biblical references to God's word and God's Spirit as flowing life that communicates God's mind to us with life, is in completely complimentary to what is commonly known as Christian meditation.
Common Mistake About The Word Of God
Many of us have heard that the Bible, or the written Word of God, is the word that proceeds from God and gives us life. Though the Word of God is infallible, true, eternal, and perfect in every way, it is NOT God's living voice in us.
Here’s the proof…
Nearly 75% of all Christians live in sin. They regularly commit adultery, steal, consume illegal substances, practice deception, and pursue worldly ambitions.
Though these people attend church, read the Bible, talk about God, and may even teach others, they still live sinful lives. Why? The problem is not with the Word of God. The problem lies with the doctrine that equates the living word of God’s mouth to the written word.
You see, a person can read the Holy Word continuously, and even be formally educated in it, and still live a sinful life. The reason, the word of God hasn’t been internalized, spiritually realized, and ultimately become internally alive - the Living Word of God.
Now look at John 14:23
"If anyone loves Me he will keep My word and My Father will love him, and WE will come and dwell in him.”
In other words, if you love God with all your heart, soul, and mind, and internalize His word until it becomes the natural thought of your mind, Jesus promises that the fullness of God will enter your body. And if the fullness of God enters, then it’s safe to assume the we WILL hear God's living voice, and with the fullness of God in us, it's virtually impossible to sin!
Is it any wonder that the gospels emphatically state that the word is like a seed that must be cultivated within ourselves and grow like a mighty tree. Psalm 1 states the same thing.
So it’s from this perspective we can understand verses like:
“Seek first the kingdom of God (the realm of God) and His righteousness and these things will added to you.”
If we enter the realm of God by “keeping”, or internalizing, His word, then the fullness of God's presence in us will provide everything and we will lack nothing. NOTHING! It is in fact the indwelling power of creation that attracts and manages all the necessary things of life for us, yet combined with our will, but in harmony with God's will.
This teaching is NOT limited to a few verses. From this key perspective, hundreds of verses come alive and exalt the name of our Lord Jesus Christ not only as our savior, but as, the living word, the water of life, the bread of life, the flesh we eat, the life and blood we drink, the doorway we enter to go in and out, the gateway, the narrow path through which we enter, and the light that enters our body when the vision of our mind (the eye) is perfected by His Holy Word.
The Principle Of Meditating On The Word Of God
Christian monks and rabbis of old understood the principle of concentrating one's mind on the Holy Scriptures. Even Paul frequently instructed followers to grow and mature in the fullness of Christ through the study and meditation of the word of God. This kind of practice results in the mind of Christ to grow in us. Paul's instruction can only be fulfilled if we follow the instructions of Jesus and internalize, embody, or “keep” His word.
The life a disciple is molded and shaped by humility. The disciple KNOWS God as the creator and through the power of meditation on the word of God. With a great deal of love and discipline they cast aside all worldly thought and profoundly delve into the character of God with single-mindedness. Worldly thought and ambition become the chaff that falls away the seed of God's word is magnified.
The greatest desire a disciple has is to hear and see God, and that desire is always answered by a deeply devoted life. It is our love for God that enlivens the knowledge of His word in us. The studied and meditated word becomes enlivened in us when we our love for God surpasses all other love. (John 14:23)
When scripture become the subconscious power that motivates and empowers our thought, speech, and actions we can truly say that we meditate on the word of god day and night. In this way a faithful disciple is fed by the Shepherd with divine Living Bread. Then you'll be able to listen and follow Jesus. And with His love, power, and light, you can dispense the Living Word to others.
You can become a beacon of light in a dark world and lead many to God through Christ, constantly glorifying the Father. His word in you will make you alive with life from the throne. You will reflect the living will of God in real-time and in His the presence you will think, speak, and act more like Christ. This is what it means to "abide in Christ".
Most Christians only dream of this kind of relationship with God, yet we are commanded to live it. We,re given instructions on how to live this way, and Jesus even prayed that we may live this way with the Father through Him. John 17:20-21