Building Your Spiritual Wall

Many people believe that meditation requires an emptying of the mind, but this is not true. Meditation is an exercise of the mind where a person is focused on only one thing. When someone meditates on God, that person thinks, eats, sleeps, and breathes His word. Psalm 119:15 reads, “I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways.”

            In Matthew 7:24-27 Jesus Christ says, “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” The Bible records this parable right after Jesus’ teaching about spiritually hypocritical people—false teachers and disciples. If someone wants their relationship with God to be a solid wall against the devil, then their communication and meditation with Him should be strong.

As we meditate on God and His righteous ways, we are also to build good communication with Him. This is important in any relationship because it helps build trust. Jesus says that we should be praying like this, “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”(In Matthew 6:9-13) Children of God who trust Him understand that God works according to His will and nothing else. He is not like a vending machine where people put in their prayer and get what they desire. Prayer is a way to honestly and safely express our hearts. When used in conjunction with meditation it is a great focusing tool that helps to recenter and recommit our entire beings to Christ and His teachings.

            Meditation and Communication are individual forms of action that aid us in growing our relationship with God. James 1:22-24 says, “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like.“ Acting like Christ is one of the best ways we can solidify our knowledge of Him into our thoughts and hearts. As we work on our personal relationship with God we should also remember to shine His love and light throughout our communities.