“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.”
I’m a firm believer of, “Whatever you fill your mind with is what will come pouring out of your mouth.” What comes out of your mouth? What are your habits and beliefs? It’s these that will dictate how you live and how you treat others.
God desires for you and me to seek Him first and to share the love of Jesus with others, wherever we are. We are expected to be an example for Christ at all times, while practicing the same love for one another that Jesus did. But how can we do that if our minds are filled with the wrong stuff, or at least, lack the right stuff?
In this article, I want to talk about God’s written Word. The bible is full of daily lessons for living. I don’t think there’s enough time in life to find all of them and to learn everything the bible has to teach. But this shouldn’t be the drive. Instead, the drive should be to get to know God on a more intimate level through learning the Word of God and by spending time reading and praying and filling your mind with things that are Holy.
When your mind is filled with the right stuff, you’ll make better choices. You’ll treat people better and you’ll be at peace, and not stressed out. The bible gives knowledge and wisdom and the Spirit of God gives understanding and discernment. Through these, you’ll be able to live the way God intended; not the way Satan is trying to pull and push you.
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Meditate on the Scriptures
“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe 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.”
What is meditation? It’s essentially an isolated thought process on one item. It’s repeated and ongoing focus on one thing.
In this verse, Joshua is told to meditate on the Scriptures he reads in the bible. To read the book, to study it, and to meditate on it. By doing this, he would learn the ways and not forget them. This would help him make good choices and build a stronger faith in God.
Today, it’s the same for you and me. God’s Word is timeless. He still wants us to study the bible, to read daily, and to meditate on the Scriptures we read. As you read, when a verse seems to pop out to you or catches your attention in a way that you can’t seem to move past without re-reading it, that’s a good verse to write down and spend time meditating on that day. God’s likely trying to tell you something and by mulling it over repeatedly, you’re sure to find out.
It’s in this way that God speaks to us. His Word is alive and has the power to help you. The more time you spend reading the bible, the more you’ll learn about God and about how He expects you to live. But when you do live according to His ways, He helps you in ways that you wouldn’t experience otherwise.
There are literally millions of self-help books available by various authors that claim to have the answers for your life. In these books, you are promised to find the path to freedom, to financial independence, to greater love in your relationships, and to better parenting. But of all the books that I’ve read, I’ve still not found anything quite as fulfilling as reading the written Word of God; the bible.
Seek direction from God through the Scriptures
“Your word is a lamp to my feet
And a light to my path.”
Your habits come from your thoughts. Your thoughts come from what you take into your mind and what inspires you. If you want to be directed by God, you’ll need to go to where His direction is written. The bible doesn’t contain chapters filled with exact direction for each and every person’s life. However, it does contain the Spirit of God, who will direct you.
As you read the bible and open your mind to what it’s saying, the Spirit of God will put things on your heart. It’s these things that will help lead your decisions and guide you. Also, as you learn more about Jesus in the bible, you’ll grow closer and you’ll be more in tune with what the Holy Spirit is trying to tell you.
The Holy Spirit is “The Helper.” Jesus is the Savior whom we must believe in and trust and love as Lord and God the Father is the Creator who allows good and bad and who ultimately will Judge the world.
The Holy Spirit will help you follow the ways of Jesus, which please the Father. When you seek direction from God, you’re really getting it from your Helper, the Holy Spirit in you. He was given to you when you accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior, and He’ll be with you for the rest of your life.
When you read the bible, the Spirit of God is with you and will help you understand certain things – perhaps, maybe not all things right now. However, the things that you need to know to make wise decisions and to stay on the right path are the things that will be revealed if you seek it from the Holy Spirit through the bible.
The more you fill your mind with the Word of God, the brighter the right path for your life will be.
Serve God through what you learn in the Scriptures
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
Live as Jesus did. Serve as He did. Love as He did. Worship as He did. Be a good steward as He was. How do you know the ways He did these things? The bible tells all. Especially, the New Testament, and more specifically, the four Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. In these books, you’ll read directly about the life of Jesus. You’ll see how He helped people, taught people, and also how He defended the Word of God and true right living for God.
By studying Jesus in the bible, you’ll learn how to serve God through serving others. You’ll learn how to put the needs of others before your own, and how to glorify God through your actions. As you read more, meditate on what you learn, and apply it, you’ll put yourself in a position where God can use you to do big things.
I don’t know what God’s exact plan is for your life, what you’ll do for Him. But I do know that until you surrender to Him and desire to learn more about Him and what you can do for Him, He won’t be able to fully utilize you. Reading the bible each day becomes a habit. By doing this each day, you’re pouring Godly knowledge and wisdom into your mind that will ultimately help you to serve God better.Recommended Study Tools:
Know Your Bible: All 66 Books Explained and Applied Know Your Bible: A Self-Guided Tour through God’s Word (Illustrated Bible Handbook Series)
As much as media will have you believe that this life is all about pleasure and gain, Jesus’ life throughout the bible will show you that serving God and putting others first is the original intention. But this original intention is God’s intention. God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. The message of Christ hasn’t changed. Salvation is still necessary. Hell is still the alternative for those who refuse to believe in Christ.
Read and fill your mind with the things Jesus did. Look at the way the Apostle Paul gave his life to the service of God. Look at how King David put tremendous amounts of faith in God. See how God worked miracles through the people and nations of the bible. Through this, you’ll learn how to live for God, serve Him, put your faith in Him, and ultimately, be directed by Him.
I spent most of my life filling my mind with the things of the world. I spent time chasing fashion, chasing money, in pursuit of opulence, learning personal development for personal greatness, and even engaging in drugs and alcohol to elevate my mind and moods. But, just like King Solomon said, “Apart from God, everything is meaningless.”
I found this to be true. Emptiness and hurt is all I ever got from chasing the things of the world. Reading the bible gave me new direction in life. The more I read the bible and started going to church and listening to sermons that were teaching on Christ, the more I started living the life. Through this, I don’t feel empty anymore. I don’t live in hurt and regret. Instead, I’m getting filled with hope and with a type of wisdom I couldn’t find in any personal development book.
I encourage you to spend time filling your mind with the things of God. Seek direction from the Holy Spirit each and every moment of the day. Before making any decision, think first if it will please God and be helpful. It’s truly best to think about what Jesus would do. By doing this, you’ll make the right choices and suffer fewer negative consequences in life. Not only that, but you’ll start to unravel God’s marvelous plan for your life.
Fill your mind with the things of God and He’ll reveal Himself to you.
If you don’t have a relationship with Jesus, you can follow this link (Prayer for Salvation) to find out how. Also, if you need prayer for your life or your family, feel free to fill out a private prayer request in the provided prayer box in this article. My wife and I would love to pray for you.