“Therefore” because of what God has done for you, He sought you, and called you out of darkness. (1 Peter 2:9)
1. With that salvation comes. New Life. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
2. With that new life comes great privileges and responsibilities.
Your responsibilities are:
- Not to be conformed to this world. Conformed means to be pressed into its mold. Physically your life is being molded by what you feed it. Spiritually, same concept applies – read, hear, see, think. Question is…what are you being conformed to?
- Be transformed by renewing your mind. The word renew means to exchange for something new. So how do you do that? How do you exchange your mind? I believe the answer is found if Scripture Memory and Meditation!
- Scripture Memory puts “the word” in your head (and)
- Meditation transforms your heart
What does the word meditation mean to you? Many times the word meditation scares people because they conjure up images of some far Eastern mystical guru chanting some mantra. Not talking about transcendental meditation, talking about scriptural meditation.
Biblical Meditation is focused thinking.
Anyone have a problem keeping your thoughts focused on anything for very long? As our technology advances it helps train our minds not to focus but jump from image to image and sound bite to sound bite. We must take time to renew our minds! We must get away, retreat, focus on the Word. Not just read it but memorize it and meditate on it.
Meditation helps you:
- Digest and assimilate the truth into your spiritual bloodstream. When you eat something, that which is digested and assimilated, is what gives you nourishment. Ever wonder why you can’t remember a teaching/message after 2 or 3 hours? It’s because you have no plan to digest and assimilate the most important parts of it!
- Meditation will help you think from God’s perspective not your own. The reason why is because when you memorize the scriptures you saturate your mind with the Word of God. (Philippians 2:5) That’s what Paul meant when he said in 2 Corinthians 4:16, “Inwardly you are being renewed day by day”.
- Meditation helps you evaluate the spiritual condition of your heart. There is enormous power in our thought life. All our actions begin with a thought. Our thoughts produce our attitudes which determine our actions which in turn build our character. A person’s character is formed by what he thinks! (Proverbs 23:7 and Matthew 12:34)
A.W. Tozer said “Our thoughts not only reveal what we are; but they predict what we will become. We will soon be the sum total of our thoughts.”
Why should we memorize and meditate on God’s word?
- We are commanded. “Keep my words, store my commandments within you. Write them on your heart.” (Proverbs 7:1,3). “If anyone had an excuse not to meditate it would have been Joshua. Moses just died and Joshua was to take over the leadership of God’s people (Joshua 1:8). This is the first time in history that God tells man to live his life according to the words of a book.
- We are to follow Christ’s example. (Luke 4: 4,8,10) The word of God is our most effective weapon against the evil one! War is raging in our hearts, it’s called spiritual warfare.
Associate Pastor of Adult Ministry & Evangelism