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Meditatio

Meditatio

Meditatio is the continual study of God’s Word, not just reading the words for the sake of reading the words, but reading and rereading them, carefully, attentively and reflectively, to gather what the Holy Spirit means by them.

Sermon Text:  Psalm 119:97-104

 

My Next Steps

Connect: When a book or a movie is really good, we’ll read or watch it over and over again. And each time we do so, we’ll discover something new that we never noticed before and we’ll fall in love with it even more.

Aha: God’s Word is like that. The more time we spend with the words, turning them over in our minds and searching for their significance in our lives, the more treasures we discover and the more we grow and are encouraged.

Treasure: How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! (Psalm 119:103)

Challenge: Try Pastor Ben’s Meditatio-Chew on This! challenge. (See Below)

Beyond This Week: Want something to meditate on each day for the next year?

  • It may take only a minutes to read, but you can meditate on the words all day. Try The One Minute Bible by Broadman and Holman.
  • Try reading the Bible yourself each day in chronological order by using The Daily Bible.
  • Pick up the One Year Children’s Bible to read with your kids. Great for kids ages 6 to 10.

Just a friendly Bible study tip:
If you don’t already, try using these meditation questions when reading God’s Word: 1. Where do I see my sin? 2. Where do I see my Savior? 3. What will I do differently in response to my encounter with God’s Word?

 

Meditatio – Chew on This!

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Helmet verses (God protects me)

Psalm 46:1-2 1 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. 2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea.

Psalm 27:1 The LORD is my light and my salvation– whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life– of whom shall I be afraid?

Exodus 14:14  “The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.”

Romans 8:38 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

2 Timothy 4:18 18 The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom.

Add Your Own….

Eraser verses (God forgives me)

Ephesians 1:7-8 In him [Jesus] we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace 8 that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.

1 John 2:2  He [Jesus] is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.

Micah 7:19 You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.

Psalm 103:11-12  For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; 12 as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

Isaiah 43:25  “I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.” – God

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Ticket verses (God saves me)

John 3:16-17  “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” – Jesus

Acts 4:12 “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”

Ephesians 2:8-9 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith– and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God– not by works, so that no one can boast.

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Titus 3:4-7  But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.

Add Your Own….

Outlet verses (God recharges my faith)

2 Peter 3:18 Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever!

Romans 10:17  Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.

Colossians 3:16  Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.

Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.

2 Timothy 3:14-15  But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, 15 and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

Add Your Own….

Lemonade verses (God refreshes my dry and weary soul)

John 16:33 “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” –Jesus

Zephaniah 3:17  The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.”

Lamentations 3:22-23 Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. 23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

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.”

Philippians 4:12-13 I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do everything through him who gives me strength. – The Apostle Paul

Add Your Own….

Jimmy V verses* (“Don’t give up….Don’t ever give up!”)

Hebrews 10:25  Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another– and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

Philippians 3:13-14 Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

1 Corinthians 15:56-58 56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58 Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

Galatians 6:9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

Revelation 2:10b Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life.

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