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TOO MANY VOICES

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There is an abundance of opinionated voices telling us what’s wrong, what to believe and why. If you’re like me, you find yourself listening with some apprehension and suspicion to the rants and laments of religious and secular culture.



This is not new with our generation. Jesus spoke to his time and said,

John 10:27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. 

In meditation with the Scriptures and the presence of Holy Spirit, we practice voice recognition. We sift out the thoughts that originate from other places. We experience the revelation of Jesus Christ with wisdom that brings us to life.
Paul talked to the church in Corinth about this phenomenon of hearing too many other voices.

1 Corinthians 4:15 You may have 10,000 instructors in the faith of the Anointed One, but you have only one father. In Jesus the Anointed I have become your father through my efforts in spread…

THE PERMEATED LIFE

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Jesus was permeated with the Word of God. We can practice biblical meditation with most of the same factors in Jesus’ life. Let me illustrate with the analogy of a cup of tea. Picture a clear glass cup.


In this analogy your mind is the cup of hot water and the tea bag represents your intake of Scripture.
Hearing God's Word is like one dip of the tea bag into the cup. Some of the tea's flavour is absorbed by the water, but not as much as would occur with a more thorough soaking of the bag.
Reading, studying, and memorizing God's Word is like additional plunges of the tea bag into the cup. The more frequently the tea enters the water, the more permeating its effect.
Meditation, however, is like immersing the bag completely and letting it steep until all the rich tea flavour has been extracted and the hot water is thoroughly tinctured reddish brown.
Meditation on Scripture is letting the Bible brew in the brain. Thus we might say that as the tea colours the water, meditation l…

WWJTA - WHAT WOULD JESUS THINK ABOUT?

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To understand Christian meditation we should ask, “What sort of thoughts were in Jesus’ mind? What would Jesus think about?” Is it possible for us to learn how to think like Jesus thought?


Though living in another culture from a different age, we can say with certainty that Jesus was fully human and would have thought about many of the same things that occupy human minds. Jesus thought about girls and money and the future. He wondered about death and suffering. He thought about his identity and the needs of others. He thought about God and religion.
From his childhood Jesus was raised with the Scriptures. In his schooling, family life and synagogue he had daily exposure to the history and instruction of God’s People through the Law and the Prophets. At the age of twelve, he amazed holy men in the Temple with his profound understanding of God’s Word.
His ministry at age 30 would resonate with the text and timbre of the ancient verse. He went beyond memorizing and familiarizing—he was the …

WHAT ARE YOU THINKING ABOUT?

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All of us think about many things through our waking and often our sleeping hours. What’s on your shortlist of reoccurring thoughts?





·Your past·Your future·Health·Relationships·Money·Responsibilities·Hopes·Failures·Sex·Death·God and spirituality

These are common things we meditate, ponder and groan over. Do you ever get tired of some of your thoughts? Do you wish that you could stop thinking and resolve issues better?
In looking at the practice of Christian meditation, we are entering the realm of our mind. We see the need to empty our mind of anxious and dysfunctional thoughts and be filled with something better. We all have personal reasons to want to change our mind. Part of the process involves the Scriptures.
The objective for biblical meditation is to make the conceptual nature of the Word of God a reality in your life. Some people confuse bible reading with biblical meditation. It is very important to read the bible. But there is a difference between causally reading the Word of Go…