Biblical Meditation

Joseph LephiewLiving Life Without Limits, Series, Sermons

SERMON NOTES

Biblical Meditation is a missing ingredient to establishing heart belief. We establish our heart beliefs through renewing our mind, establishing our heart and then transforming our Personal Belief System.

Many get hung up on Meditation, as new age or middle eastern. It is biblical.

Maxwell Malta said, “Self-image is your mental and spiritual concept or picture of himself, which is the real key to behavior. Self-image sets boundaries for your individual performance and accomplishments. It defines what you can or cannot do. If you expand your self-image, you can expand any area of your life.

Renewed thinking works when it is consistent with your self-image. Trying to change your thinking with a negative picture of yourself, they will fight each other and sabotage your success. We always act in accordance to what we believe is true about ourselves.

BEFORE YOU CAN CHANGE, YOU MUST SEE YOURSELVES IN A NEW IMAGE.

Remember we were created in the Image of God. You were made in His Nature and Function.

He made you in His Image and Likeness. Image is also the root for imagination.

IMAGINATION IS THE ABILITY TO THIN WITHOUT LIMITATION.

RIGHT IMAGE, POWERFUL, OVERCOMER, VICTORIOUS, wrong image, failure, fearful, poverty, broken, weak. The difference between people who accomplish and are productive and those who are don’t is the one person sees themselves bigger than their problems, the others see their problems bigger than them.

GODS PEOPLE WITH MOSES. THEY COULD NOT GET WHAT GOD GAVE THEM BECAUSE OF THE SELF-IMAGE OF THEMSELVES. THEY SEEN THE ENEMY LARGER AND THEY SMALLER, WEAKER, FEARFUL.

Self-limiting beliefs put a ceiling on our lives. Self-image is how I see myself which creates self-esteem which is how I feel about myself. HOW I SEE AND FEEL ABOUT ME. If positive awesome, if negative, stuck, stuck, stuck.

When you believe something to be true for you, it becomes true for you. Unworthy self-image is so dangerous. It creates a comfort zone of mediocrity or failure, stuck, stuck, stuck.

One key for transforming your personal belief system is to see IMAGINE Jesus stepping into your life. If my image is He is with me all the time, I am protected, loved, powerful, etc.

Your beliefs about yourself and your world create levels of expectation. Your expectation determines your attitudes and your attitudes determine your behavior which is what you will or will not do.

Genesis 1 When God created anything, He spoke to the source and out of the source came the thing. When He created plants He spoke to the ground and the plants came. When He created fish, He spoke to the water and out of the water came the fish.

Dr. Myles Monroe said, “What happens when you remove the thing from its source? It dies!!! Take the fish out of water, plants out of the dirt, death. The Genesis definition of death is SEPARATION FROM ITS SOURCE.

WHEN PEOPLE ARE SEPARATED FORM THEIR SOURCE GOD, DEATH. DEAD INSIDE.

SPIRITUALLY DEAD BECAUSE THEY HAVE BEEN SEPARATED FROM THEIR SOURCE.

OVERCOMING LIFES GIANTS:

“There we saw the Nephilim (the sons of Anak are part of the Nephilim); and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.”
Numbers 13:33.

They seen and called them giants, they compared themselves to grasshoppers. 400 years as slaves God sets them free and still they are double-minded about them and God.

THEY KEPT WANTING TO GO BACK.

LOW-SELF IMAGE WRONG IMAGE WILL ALWAYS CAUSE PEOPLE TO DEVELP A “GB” RESPONSE —— GOING BACK TO AN OLD COMFORT ZONE. THIS IS WHERE MOST SABOTAGE THEMSELVES.

REMEMBER PRINCIPLES DON’T CHANGE A PERSON, IMAGES DO.

IMAGINE THE POSSIBILITIES: The way to intentionally increase your faith and change

“My son, pay attention to my words and be willing to learn; Open your ears to my sayings. Do not let them escape from your sight; Keep them in the center of your heart. For they are life to those who find them, And healing and health to all their flesh. Watch over your heart with all diligence, For from it flow the springs of life.”
PROVERBS 4:20-23

CORE PRINCIPLES FOUND IN THESE VERSES

1. PAY ATTENTION TO GOD’S WORDS AND CONCEPTS: meditate, wait upon or imagine God’s Word. If you don’t see it, you cant receive it. You must see life through faith that has focused itself on the truth. Repetition, is key to reinforcing of truth.

2. KEEP IT IN YOUR HEART: Confession is the key here. Confession, 10%, confession with imagination, 50%, confession, imagination, and emotion is 100% with get truth into your belief system.

3. THIS PROCESS IS LIFE, HEALTH, AND BOUNDARY-BREAKING IN YOUR LIFE: it makes life vibrant, fresh, and strong.

“And you will know the truth [regarding salvation], and the truth will set you free [from the penalty of sin].”
JOHN 8:32

TRUTH DOES NOT SET YOU FREE. ITS THE TRUTH YOU KNOW OR UNDERSTAND THAT WILL SET YOU FREE. THE WORD KNOW MEANS TO KNOW, RECOGNIZE, UNDERSTAND, PERCEIVE.

THIS WORD BECOMES APART OF YOU, INSIDE YOU LIKE PREGNANT THROUGH INTIMACY. Not hearing Joyce Meyer truth, Joel Ostend, it has to be Gods Truth you understand and it is inside of your heart not just your head.

HERE IS HOW YOU BECOME SO INTIMATE WITH TRUTH THAT IT TRANSFORMS YOU IN TO A DIFFERENT PERSON.

PSALMS 1:1-3 BLESSED IS THE MAN, the term blessed means empowered to prosper, to favor, render successful, increase, advancing in growth or wealth, gain in anything good or desirable, successful progress. Prosperity is the ability to use God’s ability to meet any need.

This person according to Psalms 1:1-3 DOES NOT WALK IN THE COUNSEL OF THE WICKED: its talking about the system, worlds system or Kingdom of God. Who guides you your life, business, family, etc? DOES NOT WALK IN THE WAY OF SINNERS: the way of sinners is flesh and unbelief. Greed, lust, etc do not produce the blessings of God.

DOES NOT SIT IN THE SEAT OF MOCKERS: MOCK THE TRUTH OF GOD’S WORD. People, media, if you listen to it enough it will create confusion and even double mindedness.

Now is what you do, do.

Instead his delight is in the law of the Lord. Delight means to have a high degree of satisfaction, to desire that which is precious or valuable, pursuit.

He is saying to illuminate the negatives and accentuate the positive, and delight in and pursue God’s laws. A law is a principle that tells you how a thing works best. You pursue these laws by meditating on them day and night.

MEDITATE means to mutter, to utter, murmur, ponder, stretch, see beyond, imagine.

People meditate everyday 24/7 speak over and over how sick you are, how broke you are, how lonely or sad you are, how people are so mean, or the world is so bad, over and over.

If you’re going to mutter meditate do it with Gods Truth. It means to dwell on God’s Truth, it causes you to see and stretch beyond where you are. To imagine, is to think without limitations.

See yourself and situation according to Truth, in God.

Albert Einstein said, “Imagination is everything.” Imagination is a preview of your coming attractions. As you see yourself according to Truth, it creates a new image on the inside of you.

Your sub-conscious mind then works to make that image come to pass.

BIBLICAL MEDITATION IS A WAY TO INTENTIONALLY INCREASE YOUR FAITH. DAY AND NIGHT WE ARE ENCOURAGED.

DO THIS ESPECIALLY AT NIGHT BEFORE YOU GO TO BED. WORD AND PRAYER AND MEDITATE. Your subconscious never turns off so feed it Truth.

HERE ARE THE AMAZING RESULTS THIS PROCESS CREATES:

1. YOUR ARE LIKE A TREE PLANTED BY STREAMS OF WATER: You are connected to the Ultimate Source of Life. Connected to right system, God. God’s Word causes you to flourish.

2. YOU YEILD FRUIT: When you are connected to right source you are FRUITFUL in every area of your life.

3. YOUR LEAF DOES NOT WITHER: You flourish even in times of drought or dryness.

4. WHATEVER YOU DO PROSPERS. CHOOSE GOD’S TRUTH AND MEDITATE ON HIS WORDS. LIVE A LIFE OF ADVANCEMENT AND INCREASE. This is the real law of attraction.

James Allen said, “A man is literally what he thinks. His character is the sum total of his thoughts.” WHEN WE ALLOW THE WORD TO DOMINATE OUR THOUGHTS AND GET INTO OUR HEARTS, IT WILL CREATE ACTION THAT WILL BREAK THE SHACKLES OF MEDIOCRITY AND STAGNATION.

JOSHUA 1:8. “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall read [and meditate on] it day and night, so that you may be careful to do [everything] in accordance with all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will be successful.”

5 KEYS TO MANIFESTATION OF MEDITATION

1. CONFESSION: your confession must be mixed with imagination and emotion to get into your personal belief system 100%

2. INCUBATION: there are 27 different terms used in Bible for meditation several hundred references. Mediation is a way to intentionally increase your faith or to attract God’s Kingdom.

3, REVELATION: incubation leads to revelation. Revelation is something you always knew but never realized. You may know God as a Healer, suddenly you realize He Is Your Healer.

Suddenly you realize what you know belongs to you.

4. IMPARTATION: Your revelation leads to impartation. What you realize becomes part of you.

5. MANIFESTATION: WHEN WHAT IS ON THE INSIDE OF YOU MANIFESTS ON THE OUTSIDE OF YOU, YOU ATTRACT THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN.

“Now to Him who is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly more than all that we dare ask or think [infinitely beyond our greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams], according to His power that is at work within us,”
EPHESIANS 3:20