Following on from last Sunday Pastor Dave felt God say to send out a weekly meditation for us to feed on. The idea is that there will be one verse for the week, with just a brief introduction and thought associated with it. We can read over this verse each day, speaking it out and ask the Holy Spirit to speak to us and feed our souls. Its good practice to write down what God reveals to us.
Meditation literally means to mutter, so that we can hear what God is saying over us. The passages will be short so they can be remembered throughout the day, fed upon, mulled over, whether we are at school, work, or out socialising. You might want to share what God is saying with friends or during a connect group so that we all grow together. Its important to remember that our faith is not in isolation, but is best lived out together. In Psalm 1 we read David saying this:
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.
As we meditate on Gods word, it is like food that doesn't only nourish our bodies but nourishes our souls. It enables us to live a life that is fruitful and prosperous, so that whatever we give ourselves to, in accordance to Gods will, will make a difference. Mediation is the key to understanding who God is, what Jesus has done for and in us through his death and resurrection, and who we have been made to be (identity). It enables us to be better spouses, parents, singles, children, employers and employees, and friends. As we cannot live without food and water, so we cannot live and flourish without the word of God (Bible) in our lives. Jesus is the word of God so when we feed on the Bible we are taking on the life of Jesus, from where all else follows.
Drink of the Spirit:
Introduction Gods life giving water, is his life giving Spirit, and where the Holy Spirit is at work, healing takes place, because that's who he is. We can drink of him and be satisfied, as well as healed. Lets us not only feed on the word, but drink of the Spirit, so that we are nourished, refreshed and empowered.
Do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ. Eph. 5:18-21.
What does it mean to be filled daily with the Holy Spirit? What does it look like, and what impact would it have?