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How To Mediate On The Bible

Has anyone any tips on how to mediate on the Bible?

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Jared: You must be a young person. You're defining "study" as most kids today difine it. Kids don't really study today, they merely memorize facts. Study used to mean to ponder what is being read for understanding. Kids today don't have the time to ponder at what they being "taught." This is the major reason most kids fail in school and the same reason most Christians fail at understanding God's Word.
---Steveng on 12/7/06

steven, but when you meditate on scripture are you reading for information or inspiration? that is the fundimental difference between study and meditation. they are both necissary (as i stated earlier) but there is a difference. I come from a very contemplative tradition the Friends Chruch, one of my college professors called us the monks of the protestant churches. I see a vast difference between the 2 where others have skewed it to a degree.
---Jared on 12/5/06

Pharisee: "The best meditation you can do is to put the precepts in a personal context" is completely wrong. This is the reason why we have so many different Christian denominations - over 33,000. You are telling a person to interprete the Bible his way - a personal interpretation.
---Steveng on 12/5/06

Donna: "...highlight the ones that comfort you..." is teaching the person to accept some verses and reject the others because it makes him uncomfortable. The Bible is to make us unconfortable because we see ourselves as sinners. Once we see ourselves as sinners we are then conforted by the Good News and Jesus.
---Steveng on 12/5/06

Jared: The Bible tells up to meditate on the Word of God. The other religions have taken this word for themselves.

Look up the word study and you'll find that meditation is part of studying. To mediate is to ponder the verses until you understand it. When you ponder the verses, you allow the Holy Spirit into your heart to guidance and understanding. The way to understanding is through the heart, not the mind.
---Steveng on 12/5/06

I was meditating on Colossians 2:6-7 yesterday. and Man did the spirit reveil to me what being rooted in Christ ment.

Meditation is like letting God reads you and show you where to change and transform. where study is you reading God. it is a conversation on and the other. this is why both are necissary.
---Jared on 12/5/06

Jerry Jerry Jerry did you not read what I said? I said that you use the scripture but you only meditate on one small portion and you listen (ie, focus think imagine ponder) on that the spirit of God speaks not in a voice but in our inner beings (not to say he can't speak in an autable voice.) I'm not saying listen to every voice. just the Holy Spirit. and when you hear then that is where study comes in, you have to test the spirits to see if they are of God.
---Jared on 11/28/06

there is a difference between Meditation of the Word of God and Biblical study. They are both very important yet they are not one in the same. we must do both to grow deeper spiritually. Meditaion usually brings out the practical word for today where biblical study brings out the meaning of the text. Study brings greater meaning to meditation and Meditation brings greater meaning to study. Meditation gets you in the word, and Study gets the word into you.
---Jared on 11/28/06

Jared, Jared, Jared... How can you meditate with out having God's word in you? If you start listening to that little voice in your head with God's word, then you are only listening your voice and not truely God's voice, or the Holy Spirit.
---Jerry on 11/28/06

to meditate on scripture I usually go to a quiet room (or to the church I serve at when noone is there) you quiet your heart and mind and pray that the spirit of God would fill you. Then you read a passage (usually not alot beause then it's study not meditation). in the stillness you reflect on the word, put yourself in that situation (maybe even imagine what the scene might be like) While you are doing this you ask the spirit of God to reveil his word to you.
---Jared on 11/28/06

Meditation is not study. it is a disipline within they mystical side of spiritual disiplines. it is just you the word and God, nothing else.
---Jared on 11/28/06

To meditate on the bible is to get into what is really being said, why it was said, to whom it was said to, and what was going on when it was said. If you just read over the scriptures like a good novel, you will miss a lot of important things God wants you to know. Like the difference between Law and Grace, Romans, the gospel given to Israel and the gospel given to the Gentiles, Galatians 2.
---jerry on 11/27/06

Start reading the Psalms and highlight the ones that comfort you. Write them down on index cards, carry them around with you and repeat them every day. Psalm 91 is a good place to start. Psalm 34 is also good. Then read the Epistles and find out who you are in Christ Jesus. Memorize them, "You are the righteousness of God through Christ Jesus." "You are more than a conqueror through Him that loves us." Find scriptures that comfort you and memorize them.
---Donna9759 on 10/26/06

In Joshua 1:8 it says, "...meditate therein day and night...".
Meditate comes from a hebrew word meaning, " think on; utter; speak; say". So find a scriptures & memorize it & speak it & think on it. When you do the Holy Spirit will minister to you from it. You'll be doing what Paul said in Romans 12:2 & Philippians 4:8.
---Rickey on 10/24/06

Go slow; try only one verse had a time in the beginning. Pick the verse apart word by word. Study the meaning of each word. Try to express the meaning by using different arrangements of the same words. All this will help.
---mima on 10/24/06

The best meditation you can do is to put the precepts in a personal context; everybody has heard a sermon that reminded them of someone else, but Jesus wants us to ask ourselves 'how am I like that, and how do I change it?'

If you think about the Bible this way you'll be astonished by the answers that the Holy Spirit gives you and you'll grow in the likeness of Jesus.
---Pharisee on 10/24/06

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Have an internal dialogue with yourself, it helps.
---Ryan on 10/24/06

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