We are Required to Meditate Upon God’s Word

What Exactly are we Required to Do and Why?

It is a wonder that God Loved us so much that He sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to live in the flesh among us and die for us (becoming our Kinsman Redeemer), paving a means for us to go to heaven IF we choose to follow Him. No one knows why He Loves us so much to do this for us. King David was also perplexed and wrote, “What is man, that thou are mindful of him?” (Ps 8:4a). We are nothing, yet our Father wants to restore the relationship man had with Jesus Christ in the garden before Adam sinned. We each have the option to individually and take up our cross and follow Him.  Jesus Christ Himself said, “And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.” (Matt 10:38).

     All the above is obvious to Christians, but many don’t understand what is required of them after they decide to follow Christ. Some pastors even tell their congregations that they don’t have to do anything. This is simply not true! This is what the world wants you to believe. Many pastors do not tell their congregations what it means to take up their cross and Follow Christ nor the other commands given to Christians that we are REQUIRED to do. Imagine that you were there when Jesus was carrying His cross to be crucified. If you took up a cross and followed Jesus, you also would be crucified right there with Him, sacrificing your life to be with Him, to your death. We are REQUIRED to take up our crosses and follow Christ and die with him. Paul said it very clearly when he wrote, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” (Gal 2:20).

     This begs the next question as to how we are to “follow” Christ. The scriptures tell us exactly what we must do to follow Him constantly throughout the whole of scripture and says, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (Rom 12:2). We are told that this happens through the renewing of our minds. Only through obtaining knowledge by studying the scriptures will we be able to know and do God’s will for our life, and this is why we are required to meditate upon God’s Word, day and night.David Brainerd expressed how Christians are to live daily when he said: “When you cease from labor, fill up your time in reading, meditation, and prayer: and while your hands are laboring, let your heart be employed, as much as possible, in divine thoughts”. 

     When we commit our lives to serve and follow our Lord Jesus Christ, He seals us with the Holy Spirit, which is kind of like a wedding ring or promise that we will be His bride if we wish to be by taking up our crosses and following Him. As we study God’s Word and meditate upon it, we need to ask for guidance, and the Holy Spirit will help us understand. Meditation is more than a “verse of the day” text message or simply reading a chapter or two daily or listening to the pastor once a week. It requires that you earnestly desire to conform to our Lord through studying His Word and seeking His guidance.Memorizing scriptures will also writes His Word upon our hearts so that we do not sin against Him. (Ps 119:11)

     There are so many verses in the scriptures that tell us that we must meditate; and through studying, and having the Holy Spirit guide us, our minds will be renewed. I’ll list a few of them here: Ps 19:14; Ps 139:17-18; Ps 119:127; Ps 119:15-16; Jos 1:8; Phil 4:8;  Ps 119:9-11; Ps 119:48-49; Ps 119:78-79; Ps 119:15; Ps 119:105-106; Ps 1:1-2; Col 3:16; Matt 4:4; Ps 49:3; Ps 63:6; Prov 4:20-22; Ps 37:31; Ps 77:6; Ps 119:27; 1 Thess 5:16-18; 1 John 5:14; Heb 4:12; Ps 46:10; Matt 6:6; 1 Tim 4:13-15; Ps 33:4-5; Ps 119:90; Ps 77:11; Ps 119:55; Ps 40:10; Ps 111:1-3; Rev 15:3; Rom 11:33; Ps 90:16-17; Ps 119:97;  Ps 143:5; Ps 77:12; Ps 104:34; Isaiah 26:3; Ps 77:10-12; Ps 145:5; Ps 16:8; Ps 119:97-99; Ps 4:4; Ps 119:78; Ps 119:23; Rom 12:2; 2 Tim 3:16-17; Rom 10:17.

     We are told that without faith, it is impossible to please God (Heb 11:6). Do you want to please Him? Of course, you do! Rom 10:17 tell us how to obtain faith: “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” We can’t have faith unless we study and meditate upon God’s Word.

As these End-times are Unfolding, How Do We Follow the Lord?

     First of all, commit your life to following the Lord! Follow the leading of the Holy Spirit continuously throughout each day of your life. Hate evil and run from it as this is the Fear of the Lord [see “Fear of the Lord” link below]. Know that you are leaving the Kingdom of Darkness to never have anything to do with it again, and a citizen of the Kingdom of Light, and as such you receive your orders from the Lord.   Set in your heart what Jacob said so many years ago: “As for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” (Josh 24:15b). 

     Determine your Service of Calling and use the Gifts of the Spirit that He will provide to you to perform whatever He desires for you as you serve Him (yes, think of yourself as a willing servant, a bondservant, just as the Apostles did as they served the Lord). “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” (Rom 6:16). Put on the full armor of God, Study the Word of God and hide it in your heart (memorize it) so that you won’t’ sin against Him (Ps 119:11) and seek His guidance in Prayer.

     Our Father has provided us with everything we need to follow Him. He has provided us His Word to study and meditate upon. He has also provided us each a service of calling and spiritual gifts to accomplish those tasks. A few references to what the scriptures say are available here:

God Requires us to Study His Word!

      The principle we are to follow is for us to “Prove all things by the Word of God” (1 Thess 5:21). That includes all ministers, teaching, preaching, doctrines, sermons, writings, opinions, and practices. Examine all by the light of the Bible. Any teaching that is not 100% supported by the Scriptures you are to reject wholly. Studying is not optional for Christians but required of God. In fact, we are commanded by God to “Study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Tim 2:15).  

     The problem is that there is no such thing as a perfect English translation that tells us exactly what God’s word is. There is always a discrepancy between the original Greek (NT in this case) to English and mankind has created more than 450 different English translations which have thousands of differences between themselves. So which version should you be studying if they are all saying different things? The best you can hope for is to find a translation that mirrors as closely as possible the original meanings of the scriptures.  

      How much easier would it be to study God’s Word if an English New Testament translation existed that took each of the original Koine Greek words and applied the original meaning along with the original parsing assigned to each of those words? This is something that even the King James scholars did not do because of the constraints placed on them by King James, their lack of knowledge of Greek, and their time constraints. The Pure Word is a New Testament reference that does just that! It is the perfect resource that every Christian should have to dive into God’s Word and use along with your preferred version of the Scriptures.

The Pure Word is a Resource All Christians Must Have!

      Watch the official intro video now and see exactly how The Pure Word is an invaluable resource that should be used by every Christian, pastor, and Bible study group. Experience the gospel as they did in the first century, during the time of Christ, the Apostles, and the birth of the Church!

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