This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and you have success
It is crucial to realize that what you allow your mind to ruminate upon will determine whether you are successful or not. If you visualize God being pleased with your life and actions, you will move in that direction. If you take the time to mentally walk through how a particular biblical principle will work in your life, you will begin living it out.
Notice that God is speaking directly to Joshua to tell him how to have success in life. He tells Joshua that there is great power in meditating upon the Bible. Now remember that the only Bible that Joshua had was the first five books that Moses had just penned. God promises Joshua that if he would read, study, think about, mutter, and picture the truths that are in the Bible that Joshua knew, he would have good success and that his way would be prosperous. This is an amazing promise, but it is 100% true.
We are controlled by our dominant thoughts – whatever you constantly think about. Whatever mental pictures you project about yourself into the future is what you will do. Therefore if you want to have the blessing of God, meditate on God’s way of living. How do we do this and guarantee ourselves God’s kind of success in the future?
- We can listen to tapes of the Scriptures
- We can listen to Christian music, especially Scripture songs
- We can read a portion of the Bible every day or maybe even purchasing a one-year Bible and read through the Bible in a year
- We can take the time to study a passage of Scripture every day
- We can use a Bible computer program to explore a Scripture passage at greater depth
- We can go to a seminar which covers the overview of the Bible or which teaches specific sections or ideas of the Bible
There are a myriad of ways to get biblical content into your mind but in order to activate this promise from the Scriptures, you must be meditating on the Bible.
Biblical meditation usually involves a number of techniques to press the Scriptures through your mind, will, and emotions so that the biblical idea will become a part of your natural thinking. The following are ways to meditate on a biblical idea:
- Slow Repetition: This is where you repeatedly read the passage (usually out loud) over and over until its ideas and directions sink in.
- Memorize: This is where you memorize the passage and carry it with you all day so that you can say it over and over again that day.
- Study: This is where you ask questions about a passage, look up the definitions of words in the passage, and understand the background and look at commentaries, generally going deeper than just reading the passage.
- Pray the Scripture: This is where you pray about all the concepts and directives in a passage, asking God to bring these truths into your life.
- Personalize: This is where you put your name and personal pronouns in each place you can as you recite a Scripture.
- Confessionalize: This is where you agree with God about everything that is in a verse of Scripture. You agree if it is true in your life. You agree if it is not true. You agree with the truth of the statements in a verse.
- Visualize the passage: This is where you mentally imagine the truths of a verse already true in your life. What it would be like if you already were doing what God says He wants in your life. This sanctified imagination is very powerful and what the Apostle Paul is talking about in Colossians 3. Remember if you do not see yourself living biblically, you will not live biblically. So you have to see it before you will see it.
- Sing the Scripture: This is where you take the actual words or just the concepts of a verse and put them to music. It is an enjoyable and deeply rewarding experience.
- Record the insights: This is where you write down the insights and information that come to you when you are thinking and studying a passage of Scripture. The insights are often applications or connections that are not obvious.
- Diagram or draw ideas of the passage: This is where you make a chart or diagram or sketch of what God wants you to do or what is happening in the verse. It is very powerful to actually be able to diagram what God is saying as it takes it out of the abstract.
- Analogy or metaphor: This is where you think of analogies or metaphors or illustrations of the truth that God is giving in a verse. Jesus uses this method when He is trying to explain what the Kingdom of Heaven is like. This truth is like…
All of these methods are just ways of chewing the Scriptures to get the life out of them and into your soul. Some will work better for you than others. The main goal is to meditate on the concepts of Scripture so that you are saturating your mind, will, and emotions with God’s ideas.
* This material is copyrighted © by Gil Stieglitz who retains all rights to the material. The verses quoted are taken from the NASB Bible 1995 edition.