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  • Writer's pictureLauren Mitchell


If you google " How to meditate", you will find simple instructions.

Breathe in. Breathe out. Repeat. Say these words as you breathe:

breathe in, breathe out.

It's really not rocket science. The simplicity is good.

It's basically paying attention to your breath.

These are God's instructions for meditation:

"But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on this law he meditates day and night." Psalm 1:2

"This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success." Joshua 1:8

I can meditate on my own thoughts, or I can focus on God's thoughts. Meditating on God's leads to a prosperous way and good success. I find that if I just try to clear your thoughts, or empty them out, things creep in? Left to myself my thoughts will attack me. They will lead me to look at my failures and all the ways that tomorrow may go awry. I have to work to train my thoughts to think the way God says we should. Meditation is totally the way to do this. I can breathe out my thoughts and breathe in God's thoughts for me and about me. I need this redirection as much as I need to breath.

"All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work." 2 Timothy 3:16, 17

Why breathe in scripture? God's breathe is what created us. If you carefully read the Genesis account you will see that God created all the animals by the word of his mouth, but he leaned down and breathed life into humankind. God's breath made us and sustains us. Scripture is breathed out by God for us to inhale. It makes us complete and equips us. Instead of looking at God's word as our lifeline, our breath, we listen to the words the world tells us.

"You let the world, which doesn't know the first thing about living, tell you how to live. You filled your lungs with polluted unbelief and then exhaled disobedience." Ephesians 2:2 MSG

God creates with His breathe and just as beautifully, it's how He recreates too. When we believe in Jesus for life, God breathes the Holy Spirit into our mortal bodies.

Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you, as the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you." And when He had said this, He breathed on them and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit."

"When you send forth your Spirit, they are created, and you renew the face of the ground. I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have being. May my meditation be pleasing to him, for I rejoice in the LORD." Psalm 104:30, 33 & 34

I want to breathe out all the unbelief that causes me anxiety and leads me to sin and take deep long breaths of God's truth that leaves me both peaceful and powerful. I want to breathe out all the poisonous air in my lungs and make more room for the Holy Spirit with my belief.

I am going to meditate on God's word day and night, over and over, breath by breath.

Breathe out: What if?

Breathe in: God will perfect what concerns me (Psalm 138:8).

Breathe out: I can't do this.

Breathe in: God will give me the power and desire to do what pleases Him ( Phil. 4:13).

Next time you see me, ask me how my breathing is going.

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