The journey of renewing our minds is a process. It doesn’t occur in a moment or two. It takes consistent, daily moments with Jesus over time. Nonetheless, it is one of the most beautiful parts of our journey with Him.
How can we do our part in this? By spending time with Christ in worship, prayer, and meditating on His Word.
Renewing our minds with God’s Word helps us grow in faith, hope, love and all the fruit of His Spirit. As we spend time studying and meditating on His Word, we will experience transformation through His truth and by His Spirit.
“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)
Father God loves to set us free from lies we believe and wrong mindsets we struggle with. He wants to transform our perspective concerning Him, ourselves and others. He even wants to help us not be led by our emotions when they are about to lead us astray.
Do you need peace in your life, freedom from fear and anxiety, an attitude adjustment, or other things?
In Joshua 1:8, the Lord tells Joshua: “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” (emphasis added)
What does it mean to meditate on the Word? Meditation on the Word is not the meditation popularized by Eastern or New Age modalities. Strong’s Concordance defines “meditate” using words such as “to mutter, speak, study, muse, ponder.”
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.”
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.
- Try preaching the Word to yourself, turning it into a prayer, singing it, etc.
Be sure to also include the Holy Spirit in your study! After all, He is living within every born-again believer, and Jesus said His Spirit would teach us and lead us into all truth. Pray, asking Holy Spirit to renew your mind in God’s Word, touch your heart, and draw you deeper as you meditate on the Word.
Note: For those off-topic tasks, distractions 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. Sometimes hearing His Word out loud pierces areas of my heart that silent reading didn’t fully uncover. 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.