“Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.”

— 1 Timothy 4:15‬‬

In Heb.4.12 we see that “the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

We see that the Word is quick and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword and it doesn’t just end there; that scripture also lets us understand that God’s word is a discerner of thoughts and intents of the heart meaning that God’s word has a way of influencing how and what we think about and even our creative mind as well because the word pierces into our minds and transforms us. The reason the Word is able to do this lies in the reality that the heart is the production centre of a man’s life, such that once God’s word gains access into a man’s heart, like a seed it begins to germinate and produce of its kind.

Our opening text gives us better insight into meditating on the scripture by letting us know that this practice brings benefits—your profit appears all around. In other words, you will make progress and produce the fruits that are consistent with the things that the word has already spoken about. 

Meditation isn’t a new art or practice, it’s been for so many years – monks practice it, yoga exercises use it, and so many others like that, the only difference between all those other arts and the Christian practice is that meditation, the “object” being focused on is God’s word. It’s more like a process of food digestion – you place the food in your mouth and chew till it’s grounded and can be swallowed, that’s like how we meditate. To meditate is to ponder upon, ruminate over, regurgitate, picture and internalize a thought. This is how the believer develops a strong spirit—by setting time aside to lean into God’s word, think upon it, say it to yourself (do you know this is the logic behind confession?) because when you say something your mind pictures it.

During meditation, the word of God forms root and gains ground in your heart. Truly God’s word is food for your spirit, however, that’s not where it will profit you here on earth, it will profit you when that word consciously enters into your mind. In your Spirit right now you have the same righteousness level as it is in Jesus but your mind needs to come to terms with that reality, the way to bring your mind into the realization of that truth and the consequent possibilities that follow is by meditation and renewal of the mind. Right now you already have success in your spirit but you’ve got to bring it out where all can see it, the way to do it is by finding those truths in God’s word that already talk about your success and internalize it, then your success that has always been in your spirit becomes obvious for all to see. Hallelujah!

Further reading: Joshua 1:8, 1 peter 2:2-4

Confession: I confess today that as I meditate on the word, my inner eyes are illuminated causing me to picture new possibilities and the realities in my recreated spirit. Glory to  God!