January 05, 2011

How to Reflect on God's Word Part 1

My eyes stay open through the watches of the night,  that I may meditate on your promises.
Psalm 119:148 (NIV)

Jesus said, "Everyone who hears these words of Mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock"
Matthew 7:24 (NIV).

The bible is more than a doctrinal guidebook; it is God breathed. As such, it generates life, increases faith, transforms from the inside out and heals broken hearts. It is a weapon of war and worship that pulls down strongholds and infuses hope. God’s word is as essential to our spirit as food is to our body.
"I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my daily bread" Job 23:12 (NIV).
D.L. Moody said, "The Bible was not given to increase our knowledge, but to change our lives."

A number of ways to reflect on God’ word is by:

1. Reading:
You may believe His word but do you read it?

2. Receiving:
"Consider carefully how you listen" (Lk 8:18 NIV). "That is, with what minds you come to hear the word, and how you behave yourselves when you have heard it." (read this further down the linked page)

3. Researching:
Study, ponder, ask questions.

4. Reviewing:
Go over certain scriptures, ponder them and look up similar scriptures and stories that have similar themes and topics.

5. Remembering:
Think about what you have read. Write them down – learn them, speak them, say them.

6. Doing:
Apply it to your life and incorporate the principles day to day.

All of these can be incorporated by using scriptures in a reflective manner when you pray. 

Part 2 will give you a sample of how to do this.  Stay tuned.

Note:  I have put web links so you can "click" on the highlighted words to access resources that will add a bit more to what you are reading.

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