Thursday, January 22, 2015

Holy Worship is Marked by Biblical Meditation

Scripture: 1 Peter 1:13
Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

Insights:  This third point this week is similar to the first point, but with a slightly different nuance.  The first point this week was that we needed to be having a daily quiet time in God’s Word.  Today’s verse takes that quiet time one step further.  Notice that today’s verse tells us to prepare our minds for action.  It also tells us to keep sober in spirit.  Finally it tells us to fix our hope completely on the grace of God.  My question to you would be, “How do we do these three things?”  The answer is simple and the answer is to memorize God’s Word.  Psalm 119:11 tells us to hide God’s Word in our hearts, that we may not sin against Him.  When we are in the practice of regularly memorizing Scripture an amazing thing happens to us.  As we are living life, we often are saying those verses we are working on in our minds.  Something might happen at work and those verses will pop into our minds and we will have a brief moment of reflection on them and how they are applicable to our lives.  We stay more focused and committed to the high calling we have in Christ Jesus when we have His Word memorized.  There is another thought I would like you to consider regarding the memorization of Scripture.  We are living in a world that is increasingly becoming hostile toward Christianity.  What would happen if some kind of legislation were passed that could have you arrested for being a follower of Jesus?  What if in this scenario that they refused to allow you to read God’s Word in your prison cell?  If that happened, would you have a large portion of God’s Word to feed off of daily or would you only have a handful of His word bopping around your head?  Beloved, let me challenge you to memorize Scripture.  Memorizing Scripture has an amazing way of helping us to meditate throughout the day on God’s Word.  As we are meditating on God’s Word, then we are in the process of preparing our minds for action.  Those Scriptures help us to be sober in spirit; and finally, they help us to fix our hope on Jesus’ return.  One last thought, as we memorize Scripture, the more our lives reflect holiness.

1.  Are you memorizing Scripture?
2.  If you were locked in prison with no access to the Bible, how much of God’s Word would you have?

Prayer: Father, You tell me that I have the mind of Christ.  Let me learn Your Word because You have it all perfectly memorized.  Help me to be disciplined in my memorizing the Bible.  May I then meditate on those Words I have memorized through out my daily routine of living life.  Amen.

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