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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Learning to Maintain Healthy Habits Through Biblical Meditation

In review of Psalms 119:48 it says, “I honor and love your commands. I meditate on your decrees.”

Bottom Line:
I respect and love your commandments; I will meditate on your instructions

What this means to me:
I will honor, respect and love your commands.  I will reflect on and meditate on them to keep them in mind and close at heart.  The temptation to abandon the healthier habits I have just learned as a result of my most recent health issue can be quite strong.  My only chance to overcome those temptations is to follow the model of Jesus. When Jesus was tempted in Matthew 4:1-11, Jesus responded with Scripture.  Jesus made it a habit of meditating on and memorized God’s Word. Psalm 119:48 reminds me, “I honor and love your commands. I meditate on your decrees” (NLT).  Biblical meditation is not about emptying my mind but filling it with truth instead. It simply means to read a passage of Scripture, think about it, and repeat it to yourself. It’s the first and most important step to memorizing Bible verses.  No other habit will help me in the spiritual dynamics of getting healthy than meditating and memorizing the Word of God.  Part of my struggle with being a type 2 diabetic is wanting carbs and sugary type foods.  These cause my blood sugar levels to be high.  It’s important that I watch the amount of carbs and sugars I take in.  I can use 1 Corinthians 10:13, “13 No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it” (NIV), as a verse I can hold onto and use when the temptations come.