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Series: Luis Palau | Meditation

On “Reaching your World,” Luis Palau begins the week with sympathy for the lonely, who were especially vulnerable during the time of quarantine. He then takes a thoughtful look at the practice of meditation.  Meditating on the words and ways of God can be of great spiritual value.

We must Remind Ourselves Friday, July 17, 2020

One of the great enemies of our hope is forgetting God’s promises. We must remind ourselves regularly of His goodness. And on difficult days or in seasons of grief, sometimes that looks like focusing on reminding ourselves moment by moment how good God is.
When everything is changing, He is steady. The Bible tells us in Hebrews verse 13:8 – Jesus Christ is the same yesterday today and forever. That is an amazing comfort.

How are you reminding yourself today of the promises of God? I put sticky notes with scripture around the house. My wife listens to Christian music throughout the day. Maybe you’re memorizing scripture passages and reciting them to yourself when you need them. Whatever it is, it will bless you to practice a constant commitment to remembering God’s character and His love for you.

Lamentations verses 3:21-22 says this: “But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases.”
If we don’t remind ourselves of the greatness and grace and power and love of God, we will sink into insufferable pessimism. Don’t allow in your life the godless messages that start with “I can’t. . .” “She won’t. . .” “They never. . . “ “It has never worked. . .”

The great turn from despair to hope in Psalm 77 comes with these words: “I will remember the deeds of the Lord – yes, I will remember your wonders. . .” Today, remember God’s goodness and set in place ways to make a habit of reminding yourself that He is good.
This is Andrew Palau.

The Ways of God Thursday, July 16, 2020

You know, when you look around the world now and in the past, we often ask ourselves, “What is God doing in the world today? Why does He allow this or that to happen? What are the ways of God? How does He overrule the decisions of government people – kings, princes, presidents, and people in authority, and wealthy people. How does God overrule?” Well, there is an answer to learn to understand God’s ways.

In Psalm 119, verse 15 the Bible says, “I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways.” Let me read it again. “I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways.” When you get on your knees, which is the way I most recommend meditation; get on your knees, open your Bible by your bed perhaps, with a notebook next to you, and begin to think about what you read in the holy word of God – the Bible. And as God speaks to you directly and personally, and as God speaks to your heart and God speaks to your mind, you begin by the Holy Spirit who lives in you as a believer, to put it all together. You don’t understand every angle. You can’t explain everything God is doing, but you have peace because God is in charge. That’s the benefit of meditation.

This is Luis Palau. 

Benefits of Meditation Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Ever since I started reading the Bible as a teenager for myself, and really spending time on my knees reading the Bible, meditating on it, and thinking of God’s ways for my life, I found in Joshua chapter 1 these words: “Don’t let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything that is written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. [Joshua 1:8]”

What the Lord is telling us here - repeated in the New Testament as well as in the Old Testament - is that there can be victory and prosperity and success spiritually, as well as in other ways when you spend time meditating on the word of God. When He calls it “the law of the Lord,” He is talking about the word of God. The word of God purifies your thought life. The word of God gets your mind thinking proper thoughts. You align your thoughts with God’s thoughts, God’s mind with your mind. Therefore, you begin to look at life, and the problems of life, the opportunities – family, friendships, church, loving your neighbors – it all comes into focus when you meditate on the word of God. So biblical meditation is meditating on the holy word of God.

This is Luis Palau. 

Meditate on Scripture Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Recently I’ve noticed in the newspapers, magazines, and television shows a lot of talk about meditation. Some of it is taken from eastern religions, some of it is sort of psychological, some of it is just the creation of some individual who writes a book and gets a movement going. The Bible, however, talks very plainly and very clearly about meditation - meditation we practice without even being aware of it. It says in the book of Psalms, chapter 1, “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. But his delight is in the word of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night [Psalm 1:1-2].”

You know, that is Christian meditation. That edifies you. That keeps you in balance. That keeps you from going in the wrong direction and drifting into the paths of darkness. You walk in the light when you meditate on the word of God. And one of the secrets of success in the Christian life – what this book of Psalms says, and many other passages we will look at in future days – you delight yourself in the law of the Lord, you meditate on it day and night, and as a result you will be peaceful, joyful, and close to the Lord.

This is Luis Palau.

Loneliness Monday, July 13, 2020

You know, when the coronavirus was in its heyday, and there was lockdown, people were staying away from each other six feet, etc. etc. one of the themes that broke out was loneliness. And the whole subject of loneliness, you read articles in the magazines, newspapers, commentaries on television, and rightly so because suddenly you felt absolutely cut off from the world.  It seemed so abnormal. That was a term that was used a lot. But the subject was loneliness, and you know, one of the wonderful things for you and I, when we know the living God who created us in our mother’s womb, the great thing is that the Lord says in Isaiah chapter 41 verse 10, “Don’t be afraid, I am with you; don’t be dismayed, I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

The Lord says in another passage in the New Testament, “I will never leave you, I will never forsake you. I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” My dear friend, when you think about reaching your world, the best thing you can do for your friends is tell them that if they have Christ in their hearts, they are never alone, because Jesus Christ never leaves us.

This is Luis Palau.

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