Do you want to have greater resistance to temptation, more wisdom in decision-making, and increased influence among your friends? Each of these skills is rooted in your mental patterns and in meditation.
We must remember that rewiring our minds is an ongoing spiritual operation. Though we are redeemed at Calvary, the process of repairing the mind isn’t a onetime event. It’s a process, which is explained in Romans 12:1-2:
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice . . . Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is— his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (emphasis mine)
To fulfill God’s good plan and accomplish His will, we must stop thinking the way the world thinks and start thinking the way He does.
How? With biblical meditation. It’s our greatest tool and most effective technique.
As we ponder, picture, and personalize God’s Word, we begin looking at life through His lens, viewing the world from His perspective. Our thoughts become happier and holier and brighter— and so do we.
We practice biblical meditation by noting, quoting, and devoting ourselves to whatever passage of Scripture we’re reading or studying, based on the premise that God’s Word is flawless, faultless, and unfailing. Meditation helps and heals the mind while shoring up the soul. It lessens anxiety, reduces stress, and generates peace.
As we meditate, God guides and changes our thoughts, helps us process our griefs and sorrows, enables us to soak up the wonder of His greatness, and prepares us for what He has planned for us. That’s what He did for the heroes of Scripture, and that’s what He’ll do for us.
Use sticky notes to post key verses at your bedside, on the bathroom mirror, on the dashboard of your car, and other places where you’ll have opportunities to ponder them.