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					Meditation Workshop
God’s picture of a fruitful Christian
 “Blessed is the man who does not walk in the
   counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of
   sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his
delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he
meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted
 by the streams of water, which yield its fruit in
season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever
       he does prospers.” (Psalms 1:1-4)
Meditation in Bible:
 “He [Isaac] went out to the field one evening to meditate”
    (Ge 24:63),
   “Do not let the this Book of the law leave from your
    mouth, meditate on it day and night” (Josh 1:8)
   “”We meditate on your unfailing love” (Ps 48:9)
   “Oh, how I love your law!, I meditate on it all day long” (Ps
    119:07)
   “…and I will meditate on your wonderful works” (Ps
    145:5)
   Meditation is like planting a tree by the streams of water
    (Ps 1:3)
     The purpose of meditation:
     to bear fruit and to prosper
Withering Tree   Maintaining Tree   Thriving Tree
The purpose of meditation:
 Excellent Bible students (meditation),
  excellent/ fruitful Bible teachers
 Jesus’ disciples are chosen to bear fruit that
  last (John 15:16)
 Our presentation is our prayer that we may
  all meditate on his word and be fruitful .
Overview of our presentation:
 Introduction (Dr. James)
 What is the meditation? (Lydia)
 Method of meditation (Paul)
 The Benefit and hindrance of meditation (Adam)
 Meditation: listening to God’s whisper (Rosa)
 What must we meditate on? (Beth)
 Brief practice of meditation (Cheryl)
 References.
2-1. What is Meditation?
2-2. How can we practice Psalm 1:2?
WHAT IS MEDITATION?
Is this meditation?
Definition:
 To engage in contemplation or reflection
 To engage in mental exercise (as
  concentration on one's breathing) for the
  purpose of reaching a heightened level of
  spiritual awareness
 To focus one's thoughts on : reflect on or
  ponder over
Ruminating Cow
“Just as the living Father sent me and I live
  because of the Father, so the one who feeds
  on me will live because of me.” Jn 6:57

“The words I have spoken to you are Spirit
  and they are life.” Jn 6:63
Is it reading the Word?
Is it studying the Bible?
Is it memorizing the Bible?

Meditation… beyond this.
 “But his delight is in the law of the
Lord, and on his law he meditates day
           and night.” Ps 1:2


    IS IT POSSIBLE TO MEDITATE
           DAY AND NIGHT?

  WHEN DO WE HAVE THE TIME?!
 WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE
 BETWEEN DAY AND NIGHT
     MEDITATION?

CONSCIOUS v. SUB CONSCIOUS
Practices for Day Meditation
 Necessity of a Plan:
  Have a Bible reading plan. Don’t randomly pick any
  verse.
 Morning Quiet Time: Daily Bread
 Meditation during the day:
  Ps 119:164 “Seven times a day I praise you for you
  righteous laws.” 6am-11pm 17hours/7 =2.4 hours
 Recall 3 times during meals
Practices for Night Meditation.
 H.W.L.W. (His Word the Last Word)

 Conscious hands over to subconscious.


 Spend last 5 min prior to sleeping between God and
 you.

 Then, meditation continues throughout the night.
Conscious and Sub-Conscious
Proverbs 6:22
“When you walk, they will guide you; (Daily Work)
When you sleep, they will watch over you;
  (Subconscious)
When you awake, they will speak to you.” (Conscious)
 “But his delight is in the law of the
Lord, and on his law he meditates day
           and night.” Ps 1:2


          IT IS POSSIBLE!!
3. Methods of Meditation
Open


Focus



 Fill
Bible Reading/Study
 Open         Respect

Memorization ( Head )
 Focus       Patience

Meditation (Head  Heart)
  Fill      Burning with praises

Our inner beings are changed
               Open

Reverence                  Prayer

Reverence
“This is the one I esteem: he who is humble
  and contrite in spirit, and trembles at my
  word.” (Isaiah 66:2b)
Humble prayer - the Holy Spirit
“Open my eyes that I may see wonderful
  things in your law.” (Psalm 119:18)
        Focus: Memorization

Patience                   Visualization
Patience
  We need to wait until the Holy Spirit
  teaches us and talks to our hearts. (word
  by word)
Visualization (Biblical imagination)
  Luke 5: the meeting between the
  paralyzed men and Jesus.
   Fill: Meeting God and our response


Communion:Worship Obedience by our will

  Communion
  God’s words fill our hearts and we meet God in the
    deeper level. – praise and worship
  Obedience: our response
  “Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is
    the one who loves me. He who loves me will be
    loved by my Father, and I too will love him and
    show myself to him.” (John 14:21)
The Meditation Complication
 “I’m too busy!”   “It’s too hard!”
The Meditation Complication
   “I’m too busy!”                “It’s too hard!”
 Full time students/workers    Live in an instantaneous society
 Full time ministry            Can’t concentrate
 Family                        Too tired
 Many demands                  Sin and evil desires bombarding
                                 us
Brain Bombardment
                     Money
         Sports



                  Revenge




                  Brain
Practical To Do List
 Set a time in which to meditate
 Worksheet on overcoming a lack of concentration
 Pray that the blood of Christ and the Spirit will
 protect and take over your heart and mind
Spiritual Encouragement
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give
  you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am
  gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” – Mt 11:28-30




                                                Crown
                Yoke
Benefits of Meditation
   Fed and transformed by the Word of God
   Grab hold of the gold of God’s truth
   Meditation on one sermon is better than hearing five sermons
   Makes the heart serious about spiritual matters
   Fits a man for holy duties
Benefits of Meditation
 Strong antidote against sin and banishes evil thoughts
 The Word of God is pure in itself and makes them pure who
  meditate on it
 Brings the soul and God together
 It’s never lost; never a waste
 Whatever we do, we prosper!
  Relationship between
meditation and listening to
the voice of God
Meditation: to hear the voice of God
 It is God’s will that you hear and obey His
  voice.
 John 10:27-28
 Jesus declared, “My sheep listen to my voice; I
  know them, and they follow me. I give them
  eternal life, and they shall never perish, no one
  can snatch them out of my hand.”
Meditation: to hear the voice of God
 God has specific plans for your life that you need to
  hear.
 Jeremiah 29:11
 For I know the plans I have for you," declares the
  LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
  plans to give you hope and a future.
Meditation: to hear the voice of God
 God’s words are valuable.
       Deuteronomy 29:29
       The secret things belong to the LORD our God,
        but the things revealed belong to us and to our
        children forever, that we may follow all the words
        of this law.
Meditation: to hear the voice of God
 God will often ask you to do something you would not
 naturally come up with on your own.
Meditation: to hear the voice of God
 Hearing from God heightens your awareness of Him.
Meditation: to hear the voice of God
 Hearing from God develops faith.
Meditation: to hear the voice of God
 Sometimes the only thing that will give you the
 courage to keep going in His voice.
God whispers in Meditation?
 One of the main reasons God whispers is to draw you
  to Him.
 He is in the business of loving you, maturing you, and
  conforming you to the image of His Son
 He longs to be with you.
God whispers in Meditation?
 He will drop clues and tidbits about Himself so you
 can know Him more intimately.
God whispers in Meditation?
 God gives conviction
    God longs for your righteousness
    God longs for your purity
    God longs for your freedom
 Job 5:17
    “Blessed is the man whom God corrects;
         so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty. “
God whispers in Meditation?
 Revelation
    Information may pass, but revelation stay
 Isaiah 55:8-9
    "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are
     your ways my ways," declares the LORD. As the
     heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways
     higher than your ways and my thoughts than your
     thoughts.
God whispers in Meditation?
 Intercession
    Rev 1:18
       “I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for
        ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades. “
God whispers in Meditation?
 Guidance
 Isaiah 58:11
    The LORD will guide you always;
         he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
         and will strengthen your frame.
         You will be like a well-watered garden,
         like a spring whose waters never fail.
God whispers in Meditation?
 Comfort
 2 Cor 1:3-4
    Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus
     Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all
     comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we
     can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we
     ourselves have received from God.
God whispers in Meditation?
 To give you a peek into the future
 John 15:15
    “no longer call you servants, because a servant does not
     know his master's business. Instead, I have called you
     friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I
     have made known to you. “
God whispers in Meditation?
 To share with others
God whispers in Meditation?
 Just because
What are we meditating on?
 We become like
what we meditate
What must we meditate?
I. Who made God?
II. God cannot be better or
          worse.

        - A. W. Pink
III. Your thoughts of God are
          too human.

        - Martin Luther
Meditate on these things
Quiz
1) How many thoughts does a person have per day?


   a. 10
   b. 400
   c. 1000
   d. Too many to count
Quiz
2) According to Psalm 1:2, when does the blessed man
  meditate?

 a. Only on Sunday
 b. At all times
 c. Everyday at 5:30am
 d. When his Bible teacher tells him to
Quiz
3) According to Psalm 1:2, what does the blessed man
  meditate on?

 a. Cubs’ score
 b. New brand name jeans
 c. Law of the Lord
 d. Revenge on a fellow employee at work
Quiz
4) What else, besides God’s law, can be spiritually
  beneficial to meditate on?
  (Choose all that apply)

 a. God’s promises
 b. American Idol
 c. God’s attributes
 d. Mankind’s salvation
Quiz
5) According to Psalm 1, what is the result of meditating
  on God’s law day and night?

 a. Prosper
 b. Waste time
 c. Get a headache
 d. All of the above
Meditation in Practice

Disclaimer:
 For more effective meditation, it should be done
 privately and voluntarily.
Meditation in Practice
1) Pray
2) Sing
3) Read
4) Meditate
5) Sing
6) Pray
Meditation in Practice
Psalm 1:1-2

“Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of
  the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the
  seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the
  Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.”
Meditation in Practice
“Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of
  the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the
  seat of mockers.”

What things does the Psalmist not do?
Meditation in Practice
“But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law
  he meditates day and night.”

What does the Psalmist do?
Meditation in Practice
“Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of
  the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the
  seat of mockers.”

Reword the negative statements into positive
 statements.
What does this teach about the person that meditates?
Meditation in Practice
“But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law
  he meditates day and night.”

What is the Psalmist’s attitude toward God’s laws?
Meditation in Practice
“But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law
  he meditates day and night.”

What are some synonyms for the word “delight”?
Meditation in Practice
“But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law
  he meditates day and night.”

What do you delight in?
(For example: ice cream, sunsets, kittens)
Meditation in Practice
“But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law
  he meditates day and night.”

Why do you delight in these?
Meditation in Practice
“But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law
  he meditates day and night.”

Consider privately:
How would you describe your own relationship to the
 Scriptures?

What can you do to bring your relationship with God’s
 law more in conformity with that of the blessed man
 in Psalm 1?
Overview of our presentation:
 What is the meditation? (Lydia)
 Method of meditation (Paul)
 The Benefit and hindrance of meditation (Adam)
 Meditation: listening to God’s whisper (Rosa)
 What must we meditate on? (Beth)
 Brief practice of meditation (Cheryl)
 References.
1. Meditation by Jim Downing (Author)
2. The Christian on the Mount: A Treatise on Meditation by Thomas
Watson
3. Meditation: A practical guide to a spiritual discipline
4. Reflections on the Word: Devotional : Meditating on God's Word
in the Everyday Moments of Life (Reflective Living) (Hardcover) by
Ken Gire
5. Meditative Prayer (Paperback) by Richard J. Foster (Author)
6. How To Listen To God (Hardcover) by Dr. Charles F. Stanley
(Author)
8. Knowing God (Paperback) by J. I. Packer (Author)
9. God Whispers: Learning to Hear His Voice (Paperback) by
Margaret Feinberg
“Blessed is the man…. His delight is in the
     law of the Lord and on his law he
    meditates day and night. He is like a
   tree planted by the streams of water,
     which yield its fruit in season and
 whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he
       does prospers.” (Psalms 1:1-4)

				
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