This week, Pastor Chris finished up our Abide series teaching us the power and importance of meditating on the Word of God. We can continue in the lifestyle and heart posture of abiding by remaining in the God’s Word, letting it sink deep into our hearts and keeping it at the forefront our minds. God’s invitation to us is to be planted by streams of living water through time in the Scriptures.

Psalm 1:3b (ESV)
In all that he does, he prospers.

1. Learning to Meditate in the Word.

Psalm 1:1 (ESV)
1 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers;

• Blessed = Happy
• Three degrees of departure from God: accepting its advice, being party to its ways, and adopting the attitude of a scoffer.
SCOFFER — one who shows contempt by mocking, sneering, or scorning (Gen. 21:9; Ps. 73:8). Unlike the good man, who walks the path of wisdom, the scoffer is a wicked man who follows the path of folly, refusing to listen to the wisdom of others.

Psalm 1:2–3 (ESV)
2 but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. 3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.

• Meditate means to ruminate and to murmur to yourself.

Psalm 1:2-3 (AMP)
But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And on His law [His precepts and teachings] he [habitually] meditates day and night.
3 And he will be like a tree firmly planted [and fed] by streams of water,
Which yields its fruit in its season;
Its leaf does not wither;
And in whatever he does, he prospers [and comes to maturity].

Promises for those who meditate on the Word

  1. Firmly Planted
  2. Fruitful

Fruitful people…
• Are refreshing and nourishing to be around.
• Feed and strengthen others.
• Awaken a taste for spiritual things.
• Mouths are a fountain of life.
• Speak words that are healing, convicting and encouraging.

  1. Durable

Habakkuk 3:17–18 (ESV)
17 Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, 18 yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation.

  1. Prospering
  2. The miraculous happens when we meditate on God’s Word.

God’s word is seed.

1 Peter 1:23 (ESV)
23 since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God;

Mark 4:8 (ESV)
8 And other seeds fell into good soil and produced grain, growing up and increasing and yielding thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold.”

God’s word is alive.

Hebrews 4:12 (NLT)
12 For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.

God’s Word is Jesus.

John 1:1–3 (ESV)
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.

Colossians 1:16–17 (ESV)
…all things were created through him and for him. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

Philippians 4:8–9 (ESV)
8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. 9 What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

3. Biblical Meditation as Spiritual Warfare

a. Condemnation

“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1).

Ephesians 1:3–6 (ESV)
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, 4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love 5 he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us (accepted us) in the Beloved.

b. Fear

“I have no fear in my heart because the Lord protects me form danger” (Psalm 27:1-3).

2 Timothy 1:7 (ESV)
7 for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

c. Control

Proverbs 3:5 (ESV)
5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.

Isaiah 26:3 (ESV)
3 You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.

d. Competition

“In humility, I consider others better than myself” (Phil. 2:3).

“I am a servant of Christ” (Matt. 23:11).

Deuteronomy 6:7–9 (ESV)
7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

4. You cannot take a thought out of your mind. You can only replace it with a more powerful thought.

Luke 2:19 (ESV)
19 But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart.

Joshua 1:8 (ESV)
8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

Discussion Questions:

  1. Prior to this sermon, how would you describe your habit of mediating on the Word of God?
  2. We were made to run the “software” of heaven. What is the “software” or narrative currently running in your mind? For example, is it trauma from your past, a negative word spoken over you, ect.?
  3. Do you have a testimony of how meditation has been a way of spiritual warfare in your life?
  4. Based on this sermon, how would you like to change or grow in the practice of meditation?

Application Question:

  1. This week, put meditation into practice! Spend time with the Lord in His Word asking Him to write it on your heart and bring it to mind outside of your quite time. One practical way to exercise this could be to memorize a verse or section of scripture or writing it out on paper. Throughout each day take a moment to pause and say or read that scripture letting it sink deep into your heart. If it’s helpful, set an alarm as a reminder to pause.

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