The word of God is incubated for effectiveness through meditation. Meditation involves pondering on what you have discovered from scriptures till it becomes a part of your spirit. We do not profit from what we hear, watch or read until we ponder on them. God’s earnest desire is that we dwell on His word at all time. After reading the logos (the written word in the bible), we are expected to meditate on what we have read all day long till the object of that scripture becomes real to us. This is why this instruction was given in Joshua 1:8: This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.
Meditation creates a data bank for possible accessibility in times of need. When you are meditating on God’s word, you are creating a data bank, filled with relevant knowledge and information that the Spirit of God needs to make you an enviable model of a beneficiary of the dividends of salvation. The size of your data bank is dependent on your meditation. The more of God’s word you ponder on, the more expansion your data bank will experience as a result of the information you keep loading and meditating upon. When you do not spend time on meditation, you will have a very small data bank with very little useful information. As such, anytime the Holy Ghost zooms into your data bank, there is nothing to download. This is the reason most believers live a life that is short of what God has ordained for them. But the man who meditates on God’s word daily will never be defeated by the challenges of life; he will always have an appropriate response to every card the enemy presents to him. When there is a health challenge, for instance, the Holy Ghost zooms into his data bank, and when He finds the right response to that health challenge, he will receive instant healing, or better still, live above the reach of sickness, infirmities and all sorts of afflictions.
The Lord spoke in John 14:26: But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
Whatever you read or hear and then meditate on is what God brings to your remembrance. Meditation provokes God to speak. If you have not been taught or have not meditated, there will be nothing for the Holy Ghost to bring to your remembrance in times of crises. Many people do not hear God because they do not meditate enough on the ingredients of God’s word which are: Who God is, Who the believer is and the Instruction that must be obeyed.
Meditation is the key to living in victory every day. The more you meditate on God’s word, the more of a spiritual giant you become. Our manifestation of glory in power, in prosperity and in personality (character) is a function of our meditation on God’s word.
We can draw an illustration of this issue of meditation from the way a cow feeds on grass. A cow does not chew and swallow grass once and for all. Its eating process is different from that of non-ruminant animals. The Cow, just like other ruminant animals, swallows and later regurgitates and chew on the food it already swallowed. This unique feeding process of pondering continually on already eaten food makes the animal’s digestive system better absorb and make use of the nutrient that is in the food. Meditation on God’s word does for the human spirit the same thing that regurgitating does for the ruminant’s body. The more you meditate on God’s word, the more God’s word becomes real to you, making you a champion; a solution to people’s problems and an answer to their questions.
Psalm 62:11- God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this. The second hearing is not a second hearing brought about by the speaker speaking a second time for the sake of emphasis; it is a hearing brought about by the voice of meditation. This clearly shows that only those who take out time to ponder on what was spoken to their spirit man the first time will hear the second time. The second voice is not an audible one, but the still small voice of the spirit spoken silently to the spirit of the individual. Being able to appreciate the power of God over bareness, poverty and so on is a factor of the second voice. That second voice is the voice of meditation. When you ponder on who God is, who you are in Christ and what you should do, you are listening for the second voice, and you will certainly hear what the spirit is saying to your heart.
Romans 10:17- So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Take note that the scripture did not say hearing the word of God, but hearing by the word of God. Faith is not a factor of hearing or reading the scriptures once but it comes by hearing the second voice which is born of meditation. This second hearing comes out of an accumulated meditation on the word of God. Once meditation on God’s word becomes your constant practice, your faith will become so strong that it will become impossible for the devil to shake you with his devices. Each time there is a challenge, you are not moved because constant meditation on God’s word has made it possible for you to hear and hear over and over again, the voice of the Spirit, thereby, creating an atmosphere of unshakeable faith in your spirit.
A lot of Christians attend church service religiously and read God’s word daily just to appease their conscience. They, however, do not take out time to ponder on the word they hear in Church or the word they read in their private study time. And so they know so much of the letter but do not get rhema from the Spirit. The Bible tells us in 2Corinthians 3:6 that the letter killeth, but the Spirit giveth life. You only get tuned to the frequency of the Spirit when you begin to ponder on the scripture you have read.
God places great value on His word and has prescribed it as the source of life and health as seen in Proverbs 4:20-22:
My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.
God’s word gives light to all they that find it, and gives health to their flesh. When the word of God comes, it brings illumination Psalm 119:105. Without the word of God, you live in darkness. Those that will shine in these last days are those who meditate daily on the word of God, for out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. Before you can speak a word that will save you, you need to first fill your heart with the word and then meditate on it in your heart. Meditation is what makes the word active in your life. It puts ability for expression and performance in you. The more you meditate on God’s word, the more you are tuned into His likeness and aligned with His desires and purpose for your life. Psalm 119:97-105, Psalm 1:1.
For as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he Proverbs 23:7. You soon become what you constantly meditate upon. Your belief system determines what takes place in your life. If, for instance, a man believes that he can be killed by witches, he will certainly be at their mercy. God works with our belief system, and our belief system is built by the meditation of our hearts. There must be a meditation before there is a manifestation. If the devil can take control of your thoughts, then he can destroy your life. God wants you to practice how to be like Him. You must, thus, learn to meditate on godliness; fill your heart only with things that edify. But refuse profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness. For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come 1Timothy 4:7-8.