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CFOR 101 (Sp '18) T04 - Warm Yourself at the Fire of Meditation

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Transcript of CFOR 101 (Sp '18) T04 - Warm Yourself at the Fire of Meditation

vital for our spiritual strength and joy
Part 1: Hear His Voice (God's Word)
Warm Yourself at the Fire of Meditation (ch. 3)
Christian Meditation
- Col. 3:16
A definition of Christian meditation
Christian meditation is “deep thinking on the truths and spiritual realities revealed in Scripture for the purposes of understanding, application, and prayer.” (Donald S. Whitney)
Christian meditation
emptying our minds or doing nothing
5 Steps for Meditating on God's Word
(finish the sentence) I think meditation is a lost art because ...
To understand
(Ps. 119:27)
meditation frees us to fix our eyes on Jesus and tune out distractions
Why is this passage important?
What does it say about me?
Meditation Is the Missing Link
- no spiritual profit from reading the Scriptures - WHY?
“Begin with reading or hearing. Go on with meditation; end in prayer.” (William Bridge)
“The reason we come away so cold from reading the word is, because we do not warm ourselves at the fire of meditation.” (Thomas Watson)
Col 3:16 (ESV), 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.
feeding our minds on the words of God
Meditation in other worldviews
To focus
(Ps. 119:15)
What does it say about God?
How does this reading point to Jesus?
What do I need to know?
meditate to remember all that God has accomplished through the gospel of grace
To remember
(Ps. 143:5)
meditation leads to delight when the Holy Spirit inclines our hearts to see how glorious God is
we’re better able to understand how to apply the Bible when we slow down to meditate
To worship
(Ps. 143:5)
To apply
(James 1:25)
Christian meditation
posture of our bodies
posture of our souls
To focus
- Psalm 119:15 (ESV),
I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways.
To understand
- Psalm 119:27 (ESV), Make me understand the way of your precepts, and I will meditate on your wondrous works.
To remember
- Psalm 143:5 (ESV),
I remember the days of old; I medi-tate on all that you have done;
I ponder the work of your hands.
To worship
- Psalm 143:5 (ESV),
I remember the days of old; I medi-tate on all that you have done;
I ponder the work of your hands.
To apply
- James 1:25 (ESV), But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.
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