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Worldly Meditation vs. Christian Meditation

Feb. 22, 2013By: Evan Burns
The Puritans by far had the most profound and well-developed practice of meditation.  Meditation is so crucial that the Puritan's would say if a Christian doesn't meditate and thirst for God, he is not truly born again.  Regular meditation is not an option for the true believer; it is the lifeblood of a true believer.  Psalm 1:1-2 says, "Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers;  but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night."  Meditation must precede obedience, which precedes blessing.  As professor Dr. Donald Whitney says, "Bible reading is the exposure to Scripture, and meditation is the absorption of Scripture." 

WORLDLY MEDITATION                                   
Empty your mind                                                    
Desires mental passivity                                           
Visualization to “create your own reality”               
Link meditation with self-actualization       
      
CHRISTIAN MEDITATION
Fill your mind 
Requires mental activity 

“Whatever is true…dwell on these” (Phil 4:8) 
Link meditation with prayer and action 

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