Biblical Meditation Includes the Heart
Western study—Man using his reasoning capacity on his own (Contrary to Jesus: Jn. 5:19-20,30; 8:28).
Biblical meditation—Prayerful reflection where you ask the Holy Spirit to illumine your understanding as Jesus did with the disciples on the Emmaus Road (Lk. 24:32). Meditation includes picturing, speaking, feeling and study. Meditation is the Holy Spirit using all faculties in man’s heart and mind. More here…
A 7-Step Meditation Process Which Results in Revelation
- Write: I copy the verse by hand onto a piece of paper or 3X5 card (Deut. 17:18) and keep it with me to meditate on, memorize and mutter throughout the day(s). I also record this verse in my meditation/journal (which can be written, typed or verbally recorded).
- Quiet Down: I become still in God’s presence, loving Him through soft soaking music (2 Kings 3:15-16) and/or praying in tongues (1 Cor. 14:15), putting a smile on my face and picturing Jesus with me (Acts 2:25). I tune to His flowing thoughts, pictures and emotions (Jn. 7:37-39).
- Reason: I reason together with God (Isa. 1:18), meaning the Spirit guides my reasoning process (i.e. through flow). “Lord, what do You want to show me about any of the following: the context of a verse, the Hebrew/Greek definitions of the key words in the verse, or any cultural understandings?”
- Speak & Imagine: I ponder the Scripture, speaking it to myself softy over and over again until I can say it with my eyes closed. As I repeat the Scripture, I allow myself to see it with the eyes of my heart. I note what the picture is in my mind’s eye as I repeat the Scripture.
- Feel God’s Heart: While seeing the above picture, I ask, “Lord, what does this Scripture reveal about Your heart toward me?” I feel His heart and journal it out.
- Hear God’s Rhema: I put myself in the picture of this Scripture in my mind. I ask, “Lord, what are You speaking to me through this Scripture?” I tune to flowing thoughts and flowing pictures (God’s voice and vision) and I record this dialogue in my two-way journaling.
- Act: I accept this revelation, repenting of any sin that is opposite of it and roaring at any obstacle that stands in the way of implementing it. I then speak it forth and act on it.
Our hearts burn within as He walks with us opening Scriptures to us (Lk. 24:32).
We are transformed as we look, and see what Jesus is doing (2 Cor. 3:18).
The Holy Spirit guides the above process, leading to more or less emphasis on any of the various steps, according to God’s desire for the present moment and the personal needs we have. So we remain dependent upon Him throughout. More here…
Checklist for Tuning in to God
I Am Living the Tabernacle Experience (Heb. 8:5)
- Altar—I have laid down my own initiative, self-effort and strength.
- Laver—I cleanse myself regularly by meditating upon the Bible.
- Shewbread—My will is ground fine before God and I walk in fellowship with the Body of Christ.
- Lampstand—I have moved from my reasoning to Spirit-led reasoning.
- Incense—I am a continuous worshiper; in everything I give thanks.
- Ark—I wait before God in stillness to receive what He has for me.
I Am Applying the Tuning Dial of Habakkuk 2:1-3
- I am quieting myself down.
- I am fixing my spiritual eyes on Jesus.
- I am tuned to flow.
- I am writing down the flow of thoughts and pictures that come to me.
I Am Applying the Fine-Tuning Dial of Hebrews 10:19-22
- My heart is true, honest and sincere.
- I have absolute faith that God’s river is flowing within me.
- My conscience is completely clear through Christ’s cleansing blood.
- I have been obedient to God’s previous rhema.
- I am confirming my journaling through other ways God speaks.
- My journaling lines up with Scripture and the character of God.
- My spiritual advisors confirm my journaling is from God.