The Lord recently used this verse to convict me of a bad habit into which I have fallen. The Lord has cultivated a number of great spiritual disciplines in my life that He is using to not only take me deeper into a relationship with Him, but also to make me more Christ-like and effective in the faith. The Bible, prayer, and application are all vibrant in my life, but I had quit meditating and being still before God. God was continually impressing great applications in my life, but an hour later they were lost in the day. Lots of great prayer, but I had quit being still and listening.
This type of walk with God makes you vulnerable to walking in the flesh, not in the Spirit; living under law, not grace; talking Christian, but replicating too much of the world. You have to cultivate an ear to hear and experience God. Your ability to hear is greatly impacted by place, surroundings, noise, solitude, time of day, and the margin in your life. A gentleman recently shared some great works of God that resulted from him asking God each day where to go and with whom God wanted him to meet. I virtually never do this, but hearing the amazing ways God answered this prayer each day motivated me. Margin is a big part of making this happen. One thing he did for God’s divine appointments was to leave time before and after appointments in public places. It was amazing the people with whom God connected him. This will be difficult if you are a minute late and must leave a minute early. Consider the power of meditation from these verses:
Psalm 119:99 speaks and educates those who meditate, “I have more insight than all my teachers, for I meditate on Your statutes.” (NIV)
Joshua 1:8 speaks to not only prospering, but also successfully living a Godly life by meditating, “Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; 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.” (NIV)
Psalm 119:15 challenges you to dig into God’s principles through meditation, “I meditate on Your precepts and consider Your ways.” (NIV)
Psalm 119:97 shows how meditation leads to a greater love for God and His Word, “Oh, how I love Your law! I meditate on it all day long.” (NIV)
Meditation happens night and day. It is not merely a scheduled item, but a relationship with God that lives and breathes truth, love, and the fullness of God’s character into your life.
Psalm 141:2 “May my prayer be set before You like incense; may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice.” (NIV)
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Here are some Bible studies from Growing in Christ to help your transformative experience: “Deeper With God” and “Transformation – Part 1.”
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