This course is an abstract of the Scripture Meditation Instructional CD[spoiler title=”What is Scripture Meditation?” open=”1″ style=”2″]
We become what we meditate on. As we meditate on the scriptures or inspirational passages, these words begin to drop down in our spirit and transform us from within, beginning with our heart. As we continue with the practice, whether it takes days, months, or years, we will be changed.
Through Scripture Meditation we learn how to quiet our minds and control our thoughts. If you have read any literature or articles on my website, you know that I am continually sharing that the mind is the greatest enemy of the believer. Our minds are depraved. Our minds are unregenerated. Our minds are filled with all types of evil. Our minds war against the Spirit. Our minds want to be in control and if you are not controlling your mind, then your mind is controlling you and most of us are completely unaware of it.
2 Cor. 10:4-5; 11:3 “But now I am fearful, lest that even as the serpent beguiled Eve by his cunning, so your minds may be corrupted and seduced from whole-hearted and sincere and pure devotion to Christ!
Through meditation or Scripture Meditation, we learn how to:1) become an observer of our thoughts, 2) to quiet our minds and control our thoughts, 3) reduce stress, 4) uproot negative and destructive thoughts or patterns for positive and empowering ones 5) be still and connect with God, 6) be led by the Spirit instead of being lead by the flesh, 7) become more Christ-like, because we become what we meditate on, 8) subdue our flesh and reduce or eliminate compulsive behaviors or conditioning.
With all those benefits shouldn’t every Christian be a meditating Christian? Absolutely, and what can be more Godly than meditating on the Word of God. Joshua 1:8 tells us that meditating on God will cause us to have success in life.
“Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” – Joshua 1:8
“I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” – Psalms 119:11
What better way to hide God’s Word in your heart than to meditate on it everyday? And meditating on the scriptures is very different than just reading them. How many times have you read the scriptures and didn’t understand them or soon forgot what you read? By meditating on the scriptures, by slowing and silently repeating them in your mind, you are allowing the scriptures to seep deep down into your consciousness where they can take root and grow. It’s not even necessary that you think about the meaning of the words. The Bible tells us that God’s word cannot return void.[/spoiler]
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Now that you have a clear understanding of the benefits of Scripture Meditation, this section will give you instructions on do it.
Scripture Meditation consists basically of meditating slowly on a passage of scripture. All you basically need is a passage and a place where you can sit undisturbed for 20-30 minutes each day.
1. Meditate first thing in the morning. This will help you to get centered, connect with God, and calm your mind before you begin your day. If you would like to add a second meditation you can do so in the early evening before you get sleepy.
2. Don’t judge your meditation. Every meditate experience is different. The only bad meditation is the one you didn’t do.
3. Distractions come from within and without. Instead of letting them annoy you, think of yourself as invisible and let any distractions or irritations pass right through you.
4. Just breathe naturally. Your breath will adjust itself to the reading of the scripture passages.
5. If you find yourself wanting to doze off during the meditation, just scoot up in the chair so that your back is not supported.
6. Be consistent. You will need to make scripture meditation a daily practice in order to receive its benefits.[/spoiler] [spoiler title=”How to Do Scripture Meditation” open=”0″ style=”2″]
1.Memorize a passage of scripture. Click here to find a list of scriptures and inspiration passages.
2.Find a quiet place that you will not be disturbed for about 20-30 minutes.
3.Sit a comfortable position with your back straight. You can sit in a chair or on the floor with your legs crossed or even on a pillow. You can place your hands in your lap or let them hang to your sides.
4.Set a quiet timer for 20-30 minutes.
5.Silently affirm your intention for the meditation in a short prayer. You might say something like, “Lord, let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing unto you,” or “Heavenly Father, as I enter into your presence I intend to bring calm and quiet to my mind so that I can united with you in body and spirit.”
6.Close your eyes.
7.Begin to repeat your memorized passage as slowly as possible in your mind. There should be about 2-3 seconds between each word. Repeat the passage over and over again until the timer goes off. You can add additional passages you have memorized as well. I usually meditate on 4-5 different passages at a time (one after the other).
8.Whenever your mind wanders off, just bring it back to the scripture passage. You can start at the beginning of the passage, at the beginning of the sentence, or just begin where you left off.
9.Don’t get caught up in your thoughts, whether good, bad, or spiritual, just observe them and return to repeating the scripture passage.
10. End the meditation by reinstating your intention and thanking God for the fulfillment of it.
11. After the meditation, you can spend a few moments in silence, journal, or read the Bible or another spiritual book.[/spoiler] [spoiler title=”Scripture Meditation Memorization Tips & Strategies” open=”0″ style=”2″]
In order to do Scripture Meditation, you will need to memorize specific passages. You can find passages that correlate with each step in the beginning of this report. You can decide to memorize just one scripture, whole passages, or a variety of related scriptures from different chapters. This section will give you some tips on how to memorize scriptures more easily.
1.Read the passage aloud.
2.Write the passage out several times as you read it.
3.Try to write the passage from memory.
4.In your own words, write what the passage means to you.
5.Look for any patterns in the passage.
6.Memorize one or two lines a day until you have memorized them all.
7.Write the passage on a sheet of paper and place it on your lap during the meditation. If you forget a word or line, quickly glance at the passage and continue with the meditation.
8.You do not need to memorize or repeat the scripture reference during the meditation (i.e. Roman 1:12)[/spoiler] [spoiler title=”Passages for Scripture Meditation” open=”0″ style=”2″]
1 You, God, are my God,
earnestly I seek you;
I thirst for you,
my whole being longs for you,
in a dry and parched land
where there is no water.
2 I have seen you in the sanctuary
and beheld your power and your glory.
3 Because your love is better than life,
my lips will glorify you.
4 I will praise you as long as I live,
and in your name I will lift up my hands.
5 I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods;
with singing lips my mouth will praise you.
6 On my bed I remember you;
I think of you through the watches of the night.
7 Because you are my help,
I sing in the shadow of your wings.
8 I cling to you;
your right hand upholds me.
9 Those who want to kill me will be destroyed;
they will go down to the depths of the earth.
10 They will be given over to the sword
and become food for jackals.
11 But the king will rejoice in God;
all who swear by God will glory in him,
while the mouths of liars will be silenced.
1 Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.
2 Worship the LORD with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
3 Know that the LORD is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
5 For the LORD is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.
1 You have searched me, LORD,
and you know me.
2 You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.
3 You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.
4 Before a word is on my tongue
you, LORD, know it completely.
5 You hem me in behind and before,
and you lay your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain.
7 Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,”
12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you.
13 For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts,
How vast is the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand-
when I awake, I am still with you.
19 If only you, God, would slay the wicked!
Away from me, you who are bloodthirsty!
20 They speak of you with evil intent;
your adversaries misuse your name.
21 Do I not hate those who hate you, LORD,
and abhor those who are in rebellion against you?
22 I have nothing but hatred for them;
I count them my enemies.
23 Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.
The Lord is My Shepherd (Psalm 23)
1 The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
3 he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the LORD
1 Corinthians 13- The Love Chapter
1 If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,but do not have love, I gain nothing.
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears.11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
The Beatitudes (Matthew 5: 3-12)
3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.
12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
The Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6: 9-12)
“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.
14 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury,pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Let Nothing Upset You
Saint Teresa of Avila
Let nothing disturb you,
Let nothing frighten you,
All things are passing away:
God never changes.
Patience obtains all things.
Whoever has God lacks nothing;
God alone suffices.
Christ Be With Me by St. Patrick
Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ where I lie, Christ where I sit, Christ where I arise,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of every one who speaks to me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.
Salvation is of the Lord.
Salvation is of the Christ.
May your salvation, Lord, be ever with us.
Love for Enemies (Matthew 6: 27-36)
“But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. 29 If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. 30 Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. 31 Do to others as you would have them do to you. “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. 33 And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. 34 And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. 35 But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. 36Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
I saw the Lord always before me.
Because he is at my right hand,
I will not be shaken
herefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
my body also will live in hope,
because you will not abandon me to the grave,
nor will you let your Holy One see decay.
You have made known to me the paths of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence.
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler
and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his pinions,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.
You will not fear the terror of the night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.
A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
You will only look with your eyes
and see the recompense of the wicked.
Because you have made the Lord your dwelling place—
the Most High, who is my refuge—
no evil shall be allowed to befall you,
no plague come near your tent.
For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways.
On their hands they will bear you up,
lest you strike your foot against a stone.
You will tread on the lion and the adder;
the young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot.
“Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him;
I will protect him, because he knows my name.
When he calls to me, I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will rescue him and honor him.
With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”
The Lord is on my side; I will not fear.
What can man do to me?
The Lord is on my side as my helper;
I shall look in triumph on those who hate me.
It is better to take refuge in the Lord
than to trust in man.
It is better to take refuge in the Lord
than to trust in princes.
125:1 Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion,
which cannot be moved, but abides forever.
As the mountains surround Jerusalem,
so the Lord surrounds his people,
from this time forth and forevermore.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.
Be not wise in your own eyes, fear the Lord
and depart from evil.
It shall be health to your navel, and marrow
to your bones.
Interested in an more in depth Scripture Meditation Instructional?[spoiler title=”What’s Included on this 75-Minute Scripture Meditation CD?” open=”0″ style=”2″]
What is Scripture Meditation?
The Benefits of Scripture Meditation?
Preparing for Meditation:
Stating your intention
Dealing with worry or other toxic emotions
Memorizing the scripture passage
Selecting a location
Selecting a daily meditation time
Posture for meditation
Breathing during meditation
Keeping track of time
Repeating the passage
Distractions in meditation
The meditation experience
Ending the meditation
Dangers in meditation
Tips on memorizing scriptures
Keeping your mind on Jesus throughout the day.
30 Minute Guided Scripture Meditation Recording
-Silence for repeating passage
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