This method of studying scripture was originally established by St. Benedict in the 6th century. Lectio Divina means *divine reading*, but is seen throughout the scriptures (Jeremiah 15:16). It focuses on Scripture as the Living Word and engages us soul, spirit, and body. The reason why it is divided into 4 parts but categorized into three is because heart and mind are grouped under the soul (mind, will, and emotions) according to scripture.
It can also be summed up into these 4 biblical concepts:
We read the Word of God and allow it to speak to our heart
We reflect on the Word with our mind
We respond to the Word by praying through our spirit
We rest in the Presence of God with our body
Meditation means thinking on Truth until it reaches our heart to change how we think, feel, and eventually act
Christian life is more than a set of beliefs, it is a skill. We are called to be doers of the Word, and put action to what we meditate on.
Christians today are becoming more in-grown and less out-reached oriented; more focused on themselves. A growing number of people are less interested in spiritual principles and more desirous of learning pragmatic solutions for life like “how can God help me do what I want to do”. God becomes one who serves us versus ‘Worthy’ of us serving Him
People engage in Christian service and community action, but I think often times our service becomes a way of being “saved” so we feel we don’t have to know the Bible, and our service becomes the thing that give us a false sense of security when our faith and obedience should be built and maintained upon the eternal Word of God and relatioship with the Lord Jesus Christ!
There is a spirit of worship, but it is far from founded upon the Word of Truth regarding who God is.
I pray that this exercise, when incorporated into your daily practice, helps to cultivate a deeper and more meaningful relationship with God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ through His Holy Spirit
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the Word of Truth
2 Timothy 2:15
Blessed is the one
whose transgressions are forgiven,
whose sins are covered.
Blessed is the one
whose sin the Lord does not count against them
and in whose spirit is no deceit.
When I kept silent,
my bones wasted away
through my groaning all day long.
For day and night
your hand was heavy on me;
my strength was sapped
as in the heat of summer.
Then I acknowledged my sin to you
and did not cover up my iniquity.
I said, “I will confess
my transgressions to the Lord.”
And you forgave
the guilt of my sin.
Therefore let all the faithful pray to you
while you may be found;
surely the rising of the mighty waters
will not reach them.
You are my hiding place;
you will protect me from trouble
and surround me with songs of deliverance.
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.
Do not be like the horse or the mule,
which have no understanding
but must be controlled by bit and bridle
or they will not come to you.
Many are the woes of the wicked,
but the Lord’s unfailing love
surrounds the one who trusts in him.
Rejoice in the Lord and be glad, you righteous;
sing, all you who are upright in heart!
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