In 2016 the Lord would wake me up and give me what He wanted me to meditate on. It was often just a phrase from a verse. He gave me rich insights. When I got up in the morning I started typing the things that He had given me. As I typed He added verses and definitions.
In seven and one half months He gave me 35 short ebooks. From those ebooks, He had me compile seven ebooks into one paperback. That work all stopped abruptly with a severe brain injury 1/2/17. The work did not start up again until 2019.
Recently I have begun to memorize again. Before now it has been such a struggle. However, I am doing something that I have not done before. I am meditating as I am repeating each phrase of the verse. The repetition is seeding His word into my heart.
I’m not going for a long term word perfect. He is perfecting my thoughts as I am working at memorizing. The operative word for me is ‘working’ because it is a process. When I was young, memorizing was part of my life. I am actively taking back that ground.
All temptation to sin is spiritual warfare. Where does the warfare take place? In our thoughts. The battlefield is our mind. Our enemy lost at the cross. He was defeated. Colossians 2:15 says, “Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.”
Yet, our enemy uses myriad forms (wiles) in an effort to regain control through his fiery dart lies. Ephesians 6:11 is our instruction. It says, “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” The Greek for these schemings is travesty. We might better understand it as deceptive measures.
James 1:14 says, “But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.” That means that there was some hidden desire that was percolating through our thoughts.
How do we meditate? Through our thoughts. We can easily see why satan would war against our mind through lies. 2 Corinthians 10:3 reminds us that, “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh.”
Verse 4 says, “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.” Here is a verse that I just memorized that set these thoughts into motion.
Psalm 119:23 says, “Princes also sit and speak against me, but Your servant meditates on Your statutes.” Who are these princes? Ephesians 1:21 was in reference to the Lord Jesus who is seated, “…at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.”
Here is another verse about them. Colossians 1:16 says, “For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.”
Meditating on God’s word seeds it into our heart. It begins to spread out and take over real estate. It expands our capacity to hold truth, and squeezes out any negative thought patterns that have set themselves up against the knowledge of God. It is His hidden word that allows us to meditate anytime of the day or night, and in any and all circumstances.