Spiritual skills needed for year 2020- Part three

Hello ladies, 

I really need to get done with this topic and move on to other matters. 
The last blog post, I wrote about the first skill which is Bible reading. Enjoy the read as we move on to the other necessary skills for the year 2020. 

2. Bible study

Like I said in my previous post, reading gives understanding, study gives knowledge, meditation gives wisdom.  This year, don't just read your Bible, take time out for study. Study requires a bit more time and attention than reading. Reading answers the question 'what' while study answers the question 'why', 'when'  and 'where'.
You can decide to study verses, study topics, study books or study characters. By studying, you have more depth and understanding of the topic. 
There are several Bible study guidelines that I have found online but one that has particularly appealed to me is the SOAP method (Scripture, Observation, Application and Prayer). I have also come across the WAP method (Write, Apply and Pray). You can check google for more details.
Bible study is better aided with study Bibles, which can be gotten as hard copies, soft copies or online. Resources are so much available, that no one has an excuse not to be an ardent study of God's word.
As a believer in Christ, one study I would encourage is the study of the 'In him scriptures' where you get to study and understand those things that we have in Christ Jesus.
This year, I started a study on the 'In him scriptures' and I will be willing to share some of the scriptures with you here (am so sorry, I could not find time to type it). There are more of those scriptures, which can be found on google. 

3. Meditation

Chaii. I like this one. I once read in a book that if you know how to worry, then you will know how to meditate. Worry is considering your problems while meditation is considering God's word. Recently, my pastor taught us how to meditate and I understood it better than before. 
Meditation is basically thinking deeply about God's word and speaking it to yourself (simple terms). I mentioned that meditation gives knowledge. It gives you a spiritual knowledge of who God says you are, that propels you to say the same things  about yourself.
Let's use my favorite example (what I have always been taught with).

The Lord is my shepherd Psalms 23:1.

Read and study the scripture.
Study makes you know who a shepherd is and what the role of the shepherd is in the sheep's life. The study can be done in different  bible translations  to understand better who a shepherd is.
To meditate, you begin to ponder or think about the word  in your heart, preaching it to your self and applying it to your circumstance. Meditation helps you to replace your thoughts. For instance, if you have believed that you had no help, meditating on 'the Lord is my shepherd' replaces that thought to the thought of 'you have help'. Meditation brings you to the place of declaration of your new belief. Yes, in meditation, you need to declare (the same way you worry and complain in the negative sense).

Notice that scripture, 
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe 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 NKJV

This scripture makes me to know that the art of meditation is more with the speaking than with the thinking.
Meditation is a spiritual discipline that requires time and effort and must be consciously carried out. The secret to observing all that's written in the word is meditation. The secret to memorization of scriptures is meditation (ever since I discovered this, I don't cram scriptures again like I used to do).
The more you meditate on the word, the higher the quality of Christian Life that you will live. That's the good success that was being mentioned in Joshua.

David says ' I will meditate....'

I will also meditate on all Your work, And talk of Your deeds.
Psalms 77:12 NKJV

I will meditate on Your precepts, And contemplate Your ways.
Psalms 119:15 NKJV

This year, Pelumi will meditate on the Lord's works and on his precepts and I will talk of His deeds.

We are making progress. We will sure end the series soon.

I love you.



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