Meditation and Illumination and Homework

I'm reading a book that is highlighting some truths in scripture and then giving some practical advice on how to live those out. I am a big fan of practical for the body of Christ. We don't need to just tell young believers what to do, we need to show them, while of course leaving room for the Spirit to tweak, change, reveal, etc. Over the summer my mentor told me that I needed to study faith. As you all know I began 3 months of intense study of faith. I LEARNED SO MUCH, however the main thing I learned is that she had gone done and tricked me. After 3 months, more than "learning" faith, I came to the conclusion that I would now be studying faith intensely for the rest of my life. Faith is a journey. It's not a topic you study and boom I get it, and I have now successfully instituted God like faith into my life. I'm done. We need faith everyday, we use faith everyday, and without faith we'll never please God.

So, in the book I'm reading he is discussing five steps of faith. The first two being the title of this blog. Meditation and Illumination. We know that the Word says to meditate on the Word day and night (psalms 1:2). We know that Joshua 1:8 says that the Word shouldn't depart from our lips and we should meditate. We know that Romans 10:17 says that faith comes by hearing the Word. Obviously if you're in the non-denominational circles you're very familiar with all of this and the whole subject of "declaring scripture". I have scriptures that I declare every morning when I wake up and every night before I go to bed. However, this author says that in Bible school one of his professors gave them the challenge to declare scripture 1,000x a day. GOODNESS GRACIOUS THAT'S ALOT.

He uses some scripture (I can get it to you if you want it) to connect what he calls meditation and illumination. The more that you meditate on scripture the more that it will be illuminated in your heart. We know that faith comes by hearing so this practice makes sense. The more that I speak scripture out loud, the more I hear it, the more my faith will increase, as my faith increases, the scripture will be illuminated to me, and in my heart I will begin to not just have head knowledge of the scripture, but to really have FAITH in the Word.

SOOOO... I started today. I chose Proverbs 3:5-6, a very familiar passage,  because I am in a bit of a "transition" phase in my life and I'm asking the Lord to direct my path, to reveal to me the steps to take, and mainly asking that His will be done as I make some decisions over the next few months.

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your path straight"

This morning I woke up and I quoted the verse. I went to the bathroom and I quoted the verse. I sat on the couch and I quoted the verse. I went for a run and I quoted the verse a few times. I came in my house and I quoted the verse. I got my stuff together and I quoted the verse. I went to the track to run a little bit more and I quoted the verse. I stopped and walked and ... you guess it... I quoted the verse. Then something happened.

As I started walking toward my car I began to quote the verse, but I did it differently, without really noticing. I said

"I trust in the Lord with all my heart and I lean not on my own understanding, in all my ways I acknowledge Him and He will make my path straight" 

After I said it like that a few times I realized what I had done subconsciously. This verse was rising up, my faith was increasing. Then I knew what I needed to be saying and I changed it again!

"I trust in YOU with all my heart and I will not lean on my own understanding, in all my ways I'll acknowledge YOU, and YOU will make my path straight"

As I sat in my office ready to pull my Bible out and begin to read and gratitude began to overflow because I knew that what I had been saying was true. I would trust in Him, I would not lean on my own understanding, I would acknowledge Him in all my ways, and He will make my path straight.

Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen.

I am in faith about this time of transition. I know that God will lead me, guide me, and protect me.

I woke up at 4:30a.m. and by 6 a.m. I had quoted this scripture around 75x. Imagine if we were daily obedient to Joshua 1:8, not letting the Word depart from our mouth, and meditating on it day and night!!

So here is my challenge to you today. Find scripture for your situation, memorize it, and try to declare it at least 50-100x. LET ME KNOW HOW THE LORD USES THAT IN YOUR LIFE!

Be Blessed, J. Tate