Today’s blog post was going to be about being filled with the Spirit, but the more I looked into it the more I realized what an overly ambitious project that was for one little post. So instead we’re breaking that huge subject into bite sized chunks.
The first thing you need to know is that if you are a born again Christian, you are already filled with the Holy Spirit. We talk a lot about inviting Jesus into your heart, but he’s actually up in heaven right now. It’s the Holy Spirit who takes up residence in you at the point of conversion. The tricky part isn’t getting him in there, it’s becoming aware of his presence and in tune with his promptings.
There are lots of different methods that can be useful for becoming more aware of the Spirit. Over time, we’ll cover most of them. This week, we’re going to focus on meditating. Specifically, meditating on God’s Word.
Meditation is a tricky thing in today’s culture. For most people it conjures up pictures of Buddhist monks on mountaintops in weird yoga postures. Some meditation can be very beneficial to your state of mind and other forms have very dangerous spiritual implications. My advice: do your research, proceed cautiously, and heed any warnings from the Holy Spirit that this might not be right. And that brings us back around to meditating on God’s Word so that we can hear the Spirit more clearly.
Christian meditation isn’t about emptying your mind. It’s about filling your mind with God’s truth. Memorizing Bible verses is a prerequisite for meditating on them, but the practice goes much deeper than committing some words to memory. You need to internalize the meaning behind them until they become part of your identity in Christ.
If you can sit in a quiet room and meditate on God’s Word without your mind wandering in a million different directions, good for you. That is a real skill that I am working on cultivating. In the meantime, I do a lot of my meditating while driving to work. Washing dishes, taking a shower, doing laundry, these are all routine tasks that keep our hands occupied but leave our minds free -the perfect time to meditate.
Working out is also an ideal time to meditate. Running in particular is very conducive to meditating. I recommend Isaiah 40:31. That verse has gotten me through many a mile when I really didn’t want to keep going.
In fact, let’s make that our challenge for the week. Get outside, go for a run/walk of some kind and meditate on your favorite verse. If you can’t pick one, go with Isaiah 40:31. The weather is breaking, and we just changed the clocks, so even those of you who work late don’t have an excuse, since it’s going to be light an hour later.
Head down to the comments section and let us know what verse you picked. Then come back later and tell us how it went.