Mark 4.23 If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.” 24 And he said to them, “Pay attention to what you hear: with the measure you use, it will be measured to you, and still more will be added to you.
What does meditation mean to you?
This is actually a little comical but I have always pictured a Monk or a Buddha sitting with his legs crossed and with his eyes closed and humming.
You hear people say meditate on scripture. What exactly does that mean? I read this morning what I feel is the best definition of what meditation looks like for a follower of Jesus. It comes from the prayer organizer written and designed by Dr Jim Richards.
Meditation is simply imagining something until you have the same emotional experience you would have if it were in fact true! This is where intention becomes crucial. when you know you don’t believe something to be true, you can enter into the realm where you are tempting to persuade yourself. It is no different that working out of mathematical equation. Your Mind doesn’t treat it as a lie but as a process.
Let me give you an example. The first time I met my wife I knew I was going to marry her. I did not stop thinking about that thought. I thought about it all the time every day. I knew not in my brain, but in my heart this was going to happen. I was convinced in my heart that it was true.
So I know how to meditate I just have to apply it to other areas of my life.
There have been many times that I have taken scripture and read over it and thought about them. That was the extent of it. In that process maybe I would memorize it.
I thought I was meditating and maybe in a way I was. But not what I understand now.
Meditating is personalizing scripture. There is passage in the Bible that I feel for myself that I have personalized and it is Luke 4:18-19
Below is the passage. below that is my version.
Luk 4:18 — Luk 4:19
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives
and recovering of sight to the blind,
to set at liberty those who are oppressed,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
My name is Kēvin and the Spirit of Lord is upon me. God has annointed Kēvin to proclaim the good news to the poor. God has sent Kēvin to Proclaim Liberty to the captives and recover of sight to the blind.
God has sent Kevin to set free those who are oppressed and to Proclaim this is the year of the Lords favor.
Dr Jim Richards.
The heart is the seat of your identity. So, the key to meditation is to think or imagine what it would be like to experience something as real in your life at this moment. When we say something and couple it with a thought or imagination of what it would be like and feel like if it were actually happening, it starts becoming believable. The brain connects the thought and the experience together and actually comes to believe the experience is real.
So here’s my question, what are you meditating on? Are you believing it in your heart? That is what makes God’s word come to pass.