A new day, new week and new year calls for a verse to meditate on 😉.
For the next couple of weeks we will be meditating on 1 Thessalonians 4:9-12. I have posted from the New English Translation (NET) but feel free to use any bible version you are comfortable with.
As we meditate, may we be given the strength and courage to be obedient to the counsel of the Holy Spirit.
Now on the topic of brotherly love you have no need for anyone to write you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another. And indeed you are practicing it toward all the brothers and sisters in all of Macedonia. But we urge you, brothers and sisters, to do so more and more, to aspire to lead a quiet life, to attend to your own business, and to work with your hands, as we commanded you. In this way you will live a decent life before outsiders and not be in need.
1 Thessalonians 4:9-12 NET
With this being the first scripture for the year, i am going to outline a few guidelines below to help you meditate on scripture.
- Read the scripture out loud to yourself (do this when you wake up, during the day and night and before you go to bed. When God gave Joshua the instruction to meditate on His word day and night, he did not put time to it – scripture must therefore be meditated on at all times. When you can’t sleep, take your bible and meditate on scripture – don’t get on social media to let all your followers know you can’t sleep 😂😂)
- List out any observations as you read out the scripture
- Ask yourself and seek answers to the question, “what do these observations mean?”
- Lastly, how are you going to apply the scripture to your life? Put to practice what you learn from the scripture.This cannot be done when you rely on your own strength – any change will be a nine-day wonder. So pray with the scripture. The essence of this exercise is to experience a transformed life – a process and not an overnight transformation in most cases 😅.
Have a blessed week and may God establish the works of your hands.