Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.
11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
When on the Hallelujah Diet, which takes you back to Genesis 1:28 and 29 for what to eat, I found an HD endorsed book about three weeks of strict HD regimen. The author went through the steps as I am...healthy food, water, light, air, exercise. But when he got to meditation, he told the reader to do as the heathen do!!! I showed my husband and my Hallelujah Diet partner Rebecca, and they were both as shocked as I was. Let me quote:
"Day Twelve"..."turn off the world as well as our minds"..."this state of relaxation"..."sit, and be sure to have your spine straight"..."Okay, here we go...."
"Once you're in a comfortable, straight-backed position, with your hands folded in your lap or resting lightly on your knees, take a long, deep breath and slowly let it out. Do this a second time. Do it a third time.
"Be very conscious of your body.
"You will feel yourself relaxing...." A little further down the page, we read, "Silently, but with your fullest attention, count your breaths, like this:
As you inhale, think, "One."
As you inhale, think, "Two."
As you inhale, think, "Three."
This "lesson in meditation" only got worse. If you became distracted from breathing and counting, you were told to return your attention to breathing and counting.
But...ummm...what about THINKING??? Is it godly meditation to empty our minds of all thoughts but counting and breathing? NO! How do I know? God's Word!
Psalm 49:3, My mouth shall speak of wisdom; and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding. That reminds me of the verse,
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the holy is understanding. *_*
Psalm 104:34, My meditation of him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the LORD.
Psalm 119:97, O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day.
Biblical meditation is not "thinking about breathing" or "the absence of thought"--emptying our minds! It is filling our minds and our hearts with good, God-honoring
thoughts! Proverbs 23:7a, "For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he...." Meditating is about THOUGHT. Meditate on God, His Word, His attributes, His salvation He
blessed us with!
Did you know that God thinks about us? I love this passage: Jeremiah 29:11-13,
12 Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.
13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.
How many times we see through the centuries the truth of Romans 1:22, Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools. The Bible also says that
knowledge puffs us up with pride! That is NOT meaning that we are to be mindless and ignorant. We are not told to come before the LORD with our scholarly
wisdom, but with godly wisom...with faith like a child! My children come up with some of the most astounding comments and questions! But faith like a child is
trusting, believing. Inquisitive? VERY. But trusting the Father to have the answers!
In the Hallmark Hall of Fame version of "The Secret Garden", the two "grumpy" children--Mary Lenox and Colin are talking. The gardener had said something
about thistles and roses, and Mary applied it this way:
"He was talking about us, you know. Bad thoughts are like thistles. Good thoughts are like roses. When I first came here, I was like the secret garden...all prickles
and thorns. Nobody liked me. I didn't even like myself. But when I'm kind, it's like all the dead branches and thistles are cut away!"
Thistles and roses....
Do I want my thought life to be filled with negativity, sharpness, and bitterness? or do I want my thought life to be God honoring...a sweet fragrance, beautiful to the beholder.... Do you want to be a thistle or a rose? Remember, as he thinketh in his heart, so is he (Proverbs 23:7)!
These next several verses are about negative thoughts, too.
Matthew 5:17, Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
Matthew 9:4, And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts?
Look in the Gospels, how often Jesus Christ asks His disciples to THINK. "What think ye?" "Thinkest thou...?" Of course, that is assuming you are THINKING about SOMETHING!
Romans 12:3, For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
I Corinthians 8:2, And if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know. Hmmm...as he ought to know. God Himself tells us in Isaiah 55:8, For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.
I Corinthians 10:12, Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.
II Corinthians 3:5, Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;"... Depend on God, fully rely on Him. That's what Christianity is all about! Relying on Him for our salvation, because we could not provide our own salvation and righteousness. Relying on Him for "our daily bread", water, breath...LIFE. Totally relying on Him...THINK ABOUT IT. That, my friend, is MEDITATION.
Philippians 4:8, Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
**And with that verse in mind, I created this devotional:**
Think on These Things....
This concludes my series of lessons on "Healthy YOU!" I hope with all my heart that these lessons on honoring God with our health have been a blessing to you, challenging you to seek to be as healthy as you can be, for the glory of God!
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