The journey of renewing our minds is a process. It won’t occur in a single sit down. It can’t even be complete in a handful of once-in-a-while moments with Jesus. Nonetheless, it is one of the most beautiful parts of our journey with Him.
Spending time renewing our minds in God’s Word helps us grow in faith, hope and love. As we grow closer to God through His Word, we will experience transformation. And we all need and desire that in areas of our lives which need what only Father God can provide: True identity, perfect love and freedom from fear.
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
– Romans 12:1-2 (NKJV)
Our Father wants to repair every wrong mindset and remove every lie. He wants to transform our perspective toward ourselves, others and the world. He even wants to help us not be led by our emotions. This comes through time spent with Him in worship, prayer, and meditating on His Word.
What is meditation on the Word? This type of meditation is not like the kind of meditating the world and other spiritualities call it. Campbell McAlpine says,
“Meditation is the devotional practice of pondering the words of a verse . . . of Scripture, with a receptive heart, allowing the Holy Spirit to take the written Word and apply it as the living Word to the inner being.”
– Campbell McAlpine
Would you like to have a mind more renewed in God’s Word? Do you need peace in your life, freedom from fear and anxiety, an attitude adjustment, or other things? I know I do! And thankfully, Christ has all this and more waiting for us.
Meditation on the Word requires us to carve out time with Him. It means we must push through any distractions, our feelings and all fear. We start by choosing to believe God is who He says He is, a Rewarder of all who diligently seek Him (Hebrews 11:6).
Below are some ideas to get you started. You don’t have to incorporate all of them in one sitting of course. :)
How to Meditate on God’s Word
- Choose one verse or part of a verse.
- Spend time reading the verse over and over both silently and out loud.
- As you read and re-read, emphasize a different word each time (start with the first word, then the second, etc.)
- Write the verse as it is written in your Bible.
- Write the verse in your own words.
- Memorize the verse or write it on a card to meditate on throughout the day.
- Take time with it, don’t be quick to move on. Try to stay with this verse for a week.
In addition to the above, other things I highly recommend incorporating are below. These are outlined more in depth by Kirk Bennett in his booklet Deepening Prophetic Revelation Through Meditation.
- Write the verse at the top of a sheet of paper.
- Pray, asking Holy Spirit to renew your mind in God’s Word, touch your heart, and draw you deeper.
- Start journaling; write everything that comes to your mind relating to the verse.
- As you begin, read the verse, write it, say it, sing it and pray it.
- You’ll see. :)
Note: For those off-topic tasks or further study ideas that come to mind, have a small memo pad handy to jot them down so you can your focus back to the verse at hand.
My favorites are singing and speaking the Word over myself. This can make such a difference in how deeply God’s Word touches my heart. Wondering how this could be? Romans 10:17 tells us,
“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (NKJV)
As we grow in Christ and His Word, our thoughts will be transformed to reflect His, the mind of Christ. Our perspectives will change and our beliefs will come into alignment with truth. As this happens, our moods and emotions are affected, bringing transformation into our whole being.
Here are some resources to help further: