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A Lifestyle of Meditation. January 30. Think About It …. If you had an extra hour in every day, how would you spend it? What about spending more time with God?  Today we look at the benefits of spending time in meditation with God. Listen for different words that represent God’s Word.

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A lifestyle of meditation

A Lifestyle of Meditation

January 30


Think about it

Think About It …

  • If you had an extra hour in every day, how would you spend it?

  • What about spending more time with God?

     Today we look at the benefits of spending time in meditation with God


Listen for different words that represent god s word

Listen for different words that represent God’s Word.

Psalm 119:11-16 (NIV) I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. [12] Praise be to you, O Lord; teach me your decrees. [13] With my lips I recount all the laws that come from your mouth. [14] I rejoice in following your statutes as one rejoices in great riches. [15] I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways. [16] I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word


Focus on the word

Focus on the Word

  • What different words are used to reference God's Word in this passage?

  • How is the psalmist’s devotion to God’s Word revealed? What interaction did he have with God’s Word?

  • What does it mean to “delight in your decrees?”

  • How has God communicated with us?


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Focus on the Word

  • What advice concerning God’s word does this psalm give to people in our society? What benefits can we expect from disciplined meditation on God’s Word?

  • What does it mean to hide God’s Word in one’s heart?


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Focus on the Word

  • At what stages of life have you thought that the next stage would provide more leisure time to do Bible study and prayer?

  • The reality is, the next stage is just as busy. How do you make time for important things in life … important things such as Bible study?


Listen for what jesus made a priority

Listen for what Jesus made a priority.

Mark 1:35-39 (NIV) Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. [36] Simon and his companions went to look for him, [37] and when they found him, they exclaimed: "Everyone is looking for you!"


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Listen for what Jesus made a priority.

[38] Jesus replied, "Let us go somewhere else--to the nearby villages--so I can preach there also. That is why I have come." [39] So he traveled throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons.


Fellowship through prayer

Fellowship Through Prayer

  • What did Jesus do? When?

  • What did Simon and his companions do when Jesus went to pray alone?

  • What attitude did Jesus have toward the people who demanded his time?


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Fellowship Through Prayer

  • In light of this passage, how do you think Jesus knew His life purpose so clearly?

  • How should we follow Christ’s example of praying?

  • How can you order the parts of your life to reflect the priorities Jesus had?


Listen for a description of the godly person

Listen for a description of the godly person.

Psalm 1:1-3 (NIV) Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. [2] But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. [3] He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.


Fruit of time well spent

Fruit of Time Well Spent

  • According to this passage, what activities does the righteous person avoid?

  • What kind of progression can we see in these activities?

  • How and where we invest our time sets us up for the influence we receive. Why does that happen?

  • Alternatively, what kinds of things does the righteous person pursue?


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Fruit of Time Well Spent

  • How do we position ourselves to be influenced by godly people?

  • What does the image of the tree tell us about the righteous person?

  • What do you think it means to meditate on God’s law day and night?

  • What kind of “fruit” should we yield?


Application

Application

  • Look for resources that will help you meditate on God’s Truths

    • Consider that your learner guide is a good resource for meditation … not just a way to prepare for Sunday Bible study

    • Devotional guides are a good source … read the scripture basis for the devotion … spend some time thinking about the comments


Application1

Application

  • Realize that the meditation we are encouraging is not the same as that of Eastern religions – sitting cross-legged, palms up, and intoning “ohmmm.” Meditation is …

    • Daily reading of scripture

    • Careful consideration of what it means

    • Talking to God about what you have read and how to apply it


Application2

Application

  • Take stock of whose advice you are listening to

    • Reject the attitudes of those with worldly mindset

    • Pursue knowing and submitting to God

    • Daily consideration of God’s Truth will lead to happiness and fruitful living


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A Lifestyle of Meditation

January 30


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