Meditation is practiced in many religions, such as Sahaja Yoga, Transcendental Meditation, Buddhism, Hinduism, and many others. Their traditional basis of meditation is the act of clearing the mind; emptying the mind is the goal. The Bible is expressly against this! The Bible teaches meditation and encourages it, but it is meant to be the exact opposite of the other religions. The Bible says we should never empty our minds, but that we should fill them with the Word of God (Jesus).

– Jos. 1:8 – 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.

– Gen. 23:63 – He (Isaac) went out to the field one evening to meditate, and as he looked up, he saw camels approaching.

Here we see two of the founding fathers of Judaism, and Christianity, meditating. Just as we see Joshua say: meditate on the Book of the Law day and night and let it ever be on your lips, the new testament also says:

– Matt. 12:44-45 – When it (an impure spiritarrives, it finds the house unoccupied, swept clean and put in order. Then it goes and takes with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that person is worse than the first.

The house refers to the mind, or the body. We know that we are supposed to be the temple of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit of God was supposed to always be in the temple. God should always be on our minds! This verse shows us that it is in the emptying of our mind that a perverse spirit can enter. This is why we do not meditate the same way as other religions. Emptying the mind allows the enemy in. Filling the mind with Christ, the word of God, fills us to the brim with the Spirit of God. We are to be the temple of the Spirit.

– Eph. 5:18 – be filled with the Holy Spirit

– 1 Cor. 6:19 – Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?

When we choose to follow God’s plan for meditation we see many results. Joshua already told us that meditating on the word helps us live by the word and stay in obedience to Christ. He also said that we will prosper and succeed in our lives by doing so. David, another forefather, repeats the principle:

– Ps. 1:1-3 – Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers.

– Col. 3:16 – Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

1. live in; reside; lodge; stay
2. think, speak, or write at length about

We can keep the word of God in our hearts and minds by: 1)reading it and taking it in like daily food, 2)thinking about it all day (dwelling, or chewing, on it), 3)singing it in worship to God, 4)talking about it in our conversations and teaching it to others, 5)praying it back to God to remind Him of His promises.

– Heb. 4:12 – For the word of God is alive and active.

– Gen. 1:3 – And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.

The word has power. We bring that power into our lives when we dwell on it.

– Ps. 119:130 – The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.

– Col. 2:3 – Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

The word gives us wisdom and understanding; it is Christ, the Word of God, that gives us the knowledge of who God is, and how to live our lives in a fulfilling manner.

– Matt. 4:4 – Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'”

The word nourishes us; it gives us health and life.

– Is. 55:10 – As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

–  Heb. 6:7-8 – Land that drinks in the rain often falling on it and that produces a crop useful to those for whom it is farmed receives the blessing of God. But land that produces thorns and thistles is worthless and is in danger of being cursed

The word helps us grow and develop; it satisfies our needs and produces good fruit.

– 1 John 2:14 – … I write to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God lives in you, and you have overcome the evil one.

The word strengthens us; it gives us the power to overcome.

– Eph. 5:25-26 – Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word

The word cleans us; it purifies our hearts and minds.

– Acts 20:32 – Now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.

The word encourages us; it gives us hope, life, and builds us up, giving us the riches of inheritance.

– 2 Tim. 3:16 – All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

The word teaches us and helps us see when we are in the wrong; it shows us how to live righteously and equips us to do good works.

– John 16:13 – But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.

– John 14:26 – But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.

The word, and the Spirit of God, shows us the truth about God; it teaches and reminds us, as we need it, of everything Christ, the Word, says.

– Is. 59:21 – My Spirit, who is on you, will not depart from you, and my words that I have put in your mouth will always be on your lips

Living a life before God, in a state of constant meditation on who He is, is the best way to live your life. It gives you success, prosperity, wisdom, understanding, power, growth, nourishment, strength, encouragement, equipping, hope, correction, purification, health, fulfilling life, and brings forth a bountiful harvest from our labor. It invites God to participate in every part of our lives, and walk with us as He did with man in Eden.

– John 1:1-5,9-14 – In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it… The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Christ, the Word of God, dwell in me!
 Make your home, and stay.
Remind me of the love you are,
 Each and every day!

Meditate on that!

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What is Love?

Haddaway had a great question: What is Love? <- (link if you want to jam out)

‘I don’t know why you’re not there
I give you my love but you don’t care
So what is right and what is wrong?
Gimme a sign
What is love?
Baby don’t hurt me no more’ – Haddaway

Thankfully, God gives us the clearest description of love possible and teaches us how to keep from hurting others. We’ll cover what love is and how it pertains to God and self.

 1 John 5:3 – this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments

Matt. 22:36-39 – “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” 37Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’

Gal. 5:14 – For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.

All of God’s commands are summed up with one word: LOVE!

But what is love? We all think we are loving and we are all hurt, so what are we missing? We all hear sex referred to as ‘making love’. We hear a lot of things… but have we heard how God defines love?

God knows we love Him when we keep His commands. The law is fulfilled when we are obedient (1st law) in loving people (2nd law).

Which is amazing, because what does God get out of us loving people? God shows us here:

1 John 4:8 – Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.


1 Cor. 13:4-8 – 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.

In other words: God is patient, God is kind. He does not envy, He does not boast, He is not proud. He does not dishonor others, He is not self-seeking, He is not easily angered, He keeps no record of wrongs. God does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. He always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. God never fails.

God doesn’t call us to follow His commands for no reason. He isn’t looking out for himself; He is not prideful and exalting himself above us. He gave us the commands as an instruction book on how to live life to the fullest; life abundant.

John 10:10 – The thief comes only in order to steal, kill and destroy; I have come so that they may have life, life in its fullest measure.

1 John 5:3 – this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome.

Matt. 11:30 – “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

He knows that every person alive is looking for love. We can look for love everywhere, but if we aren’t looking in the right place it weighs us down and hurts us. He has already told us how to find true love that gives rest, ease, and no burden. True love is God and we are called to be made into His likeness. When we become like God, we become love and our burden is light.

I’m working on a study about dating (a coming post), and one thought came to mind: I should not be looking to date until I’ve learned how to love. Starting a relationship without knowing how to love is going to end in disaster! After I came to this realization, I made this list, based on 1 Cor. 13, to see if I’m measuring up to God’s likeness or not; to see if I’m capable of loving a spouse or not:

Am I patient? Am I kind? Do I envy: feel discontent, or want others advantages, success, or possessions? Do I boast of or exaggerate myself? Am I proud: as to put myself as superior or more important than someone else? Do I dishonor others with insults, or try to bring shame to others? Am I self-seeking and looking for my own profit or interests even if it hurts someone? Am I easily angered, wronged, displeased, troubled, or resentful? Am I unforgiving, or focused on, repaying evil for evil? Do I delight when evil happens to someone, whether I planned it for them or not? Do I rejoice when truth and good prevail in the life of my enemies? Am I patient, kind, protecting, trusting, confident, hopeful, and persevering with others?

The answer is NO! A big, big NO! (and when I can say yes, I’ll be looking for a man who can say yes to this too)

I had to figure it out, but eventually realized I was not capable of loving people at all! People cray! But I found out all the law is fulfilled in the first command. If we love God, we will automatically learn to love people. Even then I couldn’t figure out how to love God, so I prayed this prayer which has flipped my life upside down: “God, teach me how to love you and how to love other.” God is teaching me about honorable prayers (a coming post). This prayer is the most honorable. If you want to see God moving in your life, I dare you to try it.

Matt. 6:33 – But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

I can put my desires above God. I can date whoever, whenever, but will it turn out well? No. When it comes down to it, after being a christian 17 years, I still haven’t sought Gods most important commands or sought his righteousness – how to live a life with love. I’ve learned many things, but if the most important command is love, then I’ve missed the mark. How can I seek a dating relationship when I have no idea how to love? How can I live without burden when I weigh down my friends with my own envious, self-seeking behaviors? So, I’m done; no more playing around. I’m gonna learn to love, and nothing is going to take precedence till I get there.

Along the way, I noticed this little gem hiding in the love chapter; a pattern of how we turn bitter:

1 Cor. 13:4-8 – 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.

This scripture shows us that everything starts with unforgiveness, and that love, in essence, is forgiveness. Was that not what the Bible teaches us anyway? (God so loved the world that He gave His one Son to die for us – He took on our punishment of death if we simply accept it… the death penalty from not loving others?) Reading it backwards we see how it builds up:

  1. unforgivness turns into being easily angered (repaying an evil with anger or delighting when something bad happens to that person)
  2. being easily angered turns into being self-seeking (anger makes me put myself first)
  3. self-seeking turns into dishonoring others (if I’m first then I’m pointing fingers at the last)
  4. dishonoring others turns into pride (shaming others makes us think we are better)
  5. pride turns into boasting (if we think we are better we start exaggerating ourselves)
  6. boasting turns into envy (when we get full of ourselves, we get mad about others being better, or having more, because we’ve made an ungodly system of hierarchy to hold ourselves to)
Last week one of my bible study groups talked about unforgiveness. That week I was also reading a book that suddenly was talking about unforgiveness. I felt like I had already forgiven everyone, but I prayed anyway, since I don’t believe in coincidence, and said ‘God show me if I have any unforgiveness.’ He revealed this pattern from the love chapter this weekend and today, behold, someone called me at work; I answered as usual, ‘This is Jehle’. They said ‘Shannon?’ and the first thing that came to mind, while my face was turning hot, was, ‘Did I say, ‘This is Shannon?’. Tada! God revealed unforgiveness in my heart. Pay attention to what easily angers you and reflect on why. The fact that I was easily angered (in 2 seconds flat!) shows that there was a thorn hiding somewhere, rubbing me raw! Until I receive love in this area of my life, I will not be able to give love in that area.
Matt 10:8 –  Freely you have received; freely give.
We can’t give what we haven’t recieved. Seems it stemmed from past hurts of being ignored. Poor communication is my biggest pet peeve; make me repeat myself and you’ll see the flames of hell! Thank God that He sees my hurt and wants to heal it, to bring wholeness to me, and so I can love others in a wholesome way. He is capable of changing our hearts and bringing us into the fullness of Christ. God is love and God can heal our wounds. We need to rely on Him, ask Him to reveal and heal our wounds, and bring us to a place of forgiveness for each crime against us. Forgiveness is going to be another post soon, but just remember this for now: Forgiveness starts as a choice then moves to our hearts. What was done was wrong. Forgiveness is not saying that what happened was okay; it’s simply saying I want to live free from this burden, and I choose not to repay this person with evil. Also remember that one of the aspects of God is that he does not dishonor; he is respectful whether we respect Him or not. If you only want Him in a certain part of your life, He will only be in that part. We have to invite Him into each part of us; invite Him to heal each wound. He never fails. We choose this day life or death. Unforgiveness is a path to death, burden, and replayed disaster.
Heb. 13:8 – Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
Matt. 14:14 – And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick.
2 Cor. 3:17 – Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
1 Cor. 12:4,7,9 – Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit… But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good… For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;
Ps. 147:3 – He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds