Week 1 Re-Cap: How did it go? Even if you missed a day or two, did the Lord do something special during your concentrated time with Him? I printed out these Philippians Meditation Cards and kept them in conspicuous places around the house so I’d remember to take time out to meditate. I felt kind of like a cow chewing its cud… eating and re-eating the Scripture. Here is a picture the Lord gave me that may resonate with you from Philippians 4:7: “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Imagine a group of guards in a large circle. They are facing outward and holding big brightly colored signs bearing the word “PEACE.” Outside of the circle are loud reporters with bad news stories, computers and office noise, and family members with their own needs and worries. The guards are able to block them out with their literal “PEACE” signs! Inside the circle being perfectly protected is your heart and mind (in Christ Jesus.) Before any news, crisis or concern is able to penetrate the circle it is filtered by the Gospel of Peace. Isn’t that a comforting picture?
If you did not have the opportunity to do Week 1 of the Faith Reboot 30 Day Biblical Meditation Challenge you may want to check it out here.
This Week’s Meditation Assignment:
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God…”
Ideas on How to Meditate this Week:
- Study One Piece of the Armor Per Day
Monday: Helmet of Salvation Tuesday: Breastplate of Righteousness Wednesday: Shield of Faith Thursday: Belt of Truth Friday: Sword of the Spirit Saturday: Feet Fitted with Peace Sunday: Review
- Make index cards with this passage on them and place them around the house. Make this Scripture your “go to” when your mind in wandering. If possible, memorize this passage by the end of the week. (If desired, you may download this Ephesians Meditation PDF file with this week’s Scripture.) Here is a creative picture for a visual representation of the armor.
- Read the entire sixth chapter of Ephesians. What is the context? Who are these verses written to?
- Go to Biblegateway.com or another resource which contains Bible commentaries. Read the notes from 2 or 3 commentaries on the Ephesians 6:10-17 passage.
- Sit in a quiet room in a comfortable position. Read over the passage four times. Observe a phrase which stands out to you. Ask the Lord for wisdom in this area. Is there a part of the armor of God which you feel you neglect?
Additional Resources: For more information on living the peace-filled Christian life, read Discovering Inner Peace. For more information on Biblical Meditation, read How Can You Meditate on God’s Word from Bible Gateway or this in-depth article Biblical Meditation from Bible.org.
Coming Week 3 of the 30 Day Biblical Meditation Challenge: The Names of God. Missed the first week of the Faith Reboot 30 Day Meditation Challenge? Here’s Week 1
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