How to meditate as a Christian


How to meditate as a Christian
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Pastor Steven Birnie
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As a young Christian, I remember first hearing about the subject of meditation thinking it was a strange practice with the immediate thoughts of sitting cross-legged, eyes closed and saying ‘hummmmmmm‘ which just didn’t appeal to me at the time however, as you begin to see its true practice and merits, both from the scriptures and from experience, you learn that it’s a valuable addition as part of the Christian life.  The Christian meditation itself is basically just the simple and biblical method of drawing closer to God by the way of quieting oneself, to reflect upon God’s will or word, through the help of the Holy Spirit, for revelation and understanding. It involves just simply finding a quiet place, a quiet time and just relaxing to read God’s Word, read daily readings or even just to remain quietly in prayer, allowing the Holy Spirit to draw us closer to God.
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For the purposes of this article, I’ll explain the method of meditating on God’s Word as an example of just how important meditation is to gaining a fuller understanding of a specific subject in the scriptures so as an illustration, we’ll break down the below verse to meditate on each aspect.
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John 3:16 “…for God so loved the world he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life…”
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So, in the first instance, we’d break down the verse separating each aspect, in the example of this verse, we’d begin with “For God” and meditate on it until we exhaust all of the thoughts which come to mind, then take each aspect in turn.
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“…for God..” – For God, the creator and maker of heaven and earth, God himself, no one else but him, no influence from any other, he decided.
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“…so loved the world…” – Loved, not the world’s idea of love but his love, loving the mankind he made fully and totally. The world, the world he created, all of it, not in part but in full, both believers and unbelievers,
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“…he gave…” – He was the one who decided, he was the one with the plan, he gave – freely without any influence from another, not at mans request or any other, he decided and gave.
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“…his only begotten son…” – His, the son that belongs to him, his precious child…”
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“…that whosoever…” – He gave his son so whosoever, anyone, no exceptions or agendas, no reference to race, colour, creed or the sins committed, whosoever, man, woman or child.
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“…believes in him…” –  That is puts their faith in the work of Jesus, believes, only faith, only belief, no other works or laws required, no other way to eternal life.
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“…shall not perish..” – That is, go to hell, face everlasting punishment for sin, that if someone believes in Jesus they will not, absolutely not, no way, no chance at all of perishing.
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“…but have eternal life..” – That is from the moment they believe, eternal, never-ending, for all eternity.
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Hopefully you can see from the very basic example above of the benefit and purpose of meditation when it comes to understanding God’s Word more, how we break down each aspect in detail and receive as much as we possibly can from the Word. This is just one way of using meditation and I would personally encourage any to adopt this as part of their Christian life in study, daily readings or seeking God especially in this day and age where we seem to be busier than ever. It’s just a fact, God has far more of desire to fellowship with us than we do with him and it’s essential to put aside some time with God so that we might be built further and get some rest from the bustle of busy life.
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God bless
Pastor Steven Birnie
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About Pastor Steven

Steven Birnie is a former local Church Minister and the author of Christian publications which include non-fiction, fictional and teaching eBooks with audio sermons. From the north-east coast of Scotland, Pastor Steven is married to Sharon and together, they have two young children called Emily and David. After seven years of training, three years of overseeing youth and young adults and, three years of being the Assistant Pastor in his local Church, Pastor Steven moved on to focus on writing Christian Publications. In the future, he hopes to open a Christian Children’s Home in his home town and write The Tribulation Soldier, his newest Series of Fictional, Military EBooks on the End Times, the Rapture and the Tribulation Period, as a 2.5 Million Word Series. But despite continuing pastoral work and writing, Steven remains devoted to his children, enjoying his family life with caravan holidays in the Highlands, fishing, canoeing and his favourite pastime, riding his motorbike through the Scottish countryside.