Eating the Book & Becoming the WordBy Jason Hooper

As a follow up to this past Sunday's Message, taken from Revelation 10:1-11:
Here are the 4 points we shared 8/3/14 @ King's Way Church in regards to "Eating the Word for Impartation" as opposed to just Reading the Word for Information.

Following the 4 "R"s of Lecto Devina are some wonderful quotes on the power of meditative and contemplative study of the Word for you to ponder as well:

Lecto Devina-4 "R's" of Contemplative Reading/Study

"Lecto Devina" (which is Latin for Divine Reading) is simply the practice of scriptural reading, prayer, meditation and contemplation intended to promote communion with God and to increase the knowledge of God's Word. It does not treat Scripture as texts to be studied, but as a Living Word to be encountered.

1. READ the Word
Slowly begin reading the passage, reading it again and again until a word or phrase strikes you, grabs you, invites you or attracts you in some fashion.

2. RESPOND
Revisit, Repeat & all your heart to Respond to the word or phrase to yourself. Enter into its meaning (internalize and personalize). Slowly attentively repeat it again and again, ruminating over it.

3. RECOLLECT
Reflect, Recollect & meditate on, what the word or phrase offers you, or on its meaning in your life.

4. REST IN HIS PRESENCE
Rest silently with God, contemplating God, waiting for what God offers, simply open to God without actively attempting to communicate anything to God.

Action Point
Actively express to God the prayers that rise out of your experience with the passage.

“Get into the Word until the Word gets into you!” –James Ryle

"Meditation": What it is and What it isn’t
Christian Meditation as an applicable discipline for encountering the Lord that focuses on the revelation of God found in His Word while becoming totally dependent on the Holy Spirit to bring understanding and encounter.

-Tricia McCary Rhodes (taken from The Soul At Rest)
“In meditative prayer the Bible is not a rulebook, a history lesson, or a treatise to be dissected and analyzed. We come to its Author with our hearts open and our desire for Him.”

-J. Adams (taken from “Ready to Restore)
"Meditation is pondering over Scripture verses or passages in such a way that the written Word of God becomes a living Word of God applied to our hearts by the Holy Spirit. The two primary words for meditation in the Bible mean to ‘murmur or mutter’ and ‘to speak to one’s self.’ Meditation is the process of thinking through language that takes place in the heart or inner life. The truth being meditated upon moves from mouth (murmuring), to the mind (reflective thinking), and finally to the heart, (outer action). The person meditating seeks to understanding of how to relate Bible truth to life.”

-Richard Foster (Prayer: Finding the Heart’s True Home)
“Have you ever watch a cow chew its cud? This unassuming animal will fill its stomach with grass and other food. Then it settles down quietly and, through a process of regurgitation, reworks what it has received, slowly moving its mouth in the process. In this way it is able to fully assimilate what it has previously consumed, which is then transformed into rich, creamy milk. 

So it is with meditative prayer. The truth being meditated upon passes from the mouth into the mind and down into the heart, where through quiet rumination - regurgitation, if you will – it produces in the person praying, a loving, faith filled response.”

When we meditate on Scripture allowing the Spirit to breathe upon the written logos it becomes rhema in our spirit, bringing with it the creative power of heaven and once again the Word becomes flesh as He dwells in us through the transforming power of His Word. Meditation is not so much about what you read, but more about what you chew.

-Elmer Towns (taken from Christian Meditation for Spiritual Breakthrough)
“Christian Meditation is not about what methods you use, nor is it about what position you assume, nor is it what you chant or how you focus. Christian Meditation is about God, It is meditation that will change your life because you focus on God-and when you experience God, God changes you."

-Donald Whitney (taken from Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life)
“A simple analogy would be a cup of tea. You are the cup of hot water and the intake of scripture is represented by the teabag. Hearing God’s Word is like one dip of the teabag into the cup. Some of the tea’s flavor is absorbed by the water, but not as much as would occur with a more thorough soaking of the bag. In this analogy, reading, studying, and memorizing God’s Word are represented by additional plunges of the tea bag into the cup. The more frequently the tea enters the water, the more effect it has. 

Meditation, however, is like immersing the bag completely and letting it steep until all the rich tea flavor has been extracted and the hot water is thoroughly tinctured reddish brown.” …and the hotter the water or the hotter the heart for Him…the better!

This is why Solomon instructed us to:
“…give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings. 21 Do not let them depart from your eyes; Keep them in the midst of your heart; 22 For they are life to those who find them, And health to all their flesh. 23 Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.” Proverbs 4:20-23

Isaiah 55:2-3, Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, And let your soul delight itself in abundance. 3 Incline your ear, and come to Me. Hear, and your soul shall live; 

When we listen to the voice of the Lord in this contemplative posture, when we take our place as watchmen at the “Bethel Encounters” (gates) of our life, and tarry at the pages of prophecy…The Word Himself draws near, allowing our hearts to burn for Him as we find our seat at His table and He breaks open the piping hot bread of His word causing our eyes to be open that we would move from a place of having heard about Him to seeing Him for ourselves (see Luke 24:13-35, Psalm 23:5, Job 42:5).

-Richard Foster (taken from Prayer: Finding the Heart’s True Home)
“Throughout history all the devotional masters have viewed the meditative scripturam the meditation upon Scripture, as the central reference point by which all other forms of meditation are kept in proper perspective. In Meditative Prayer the Bible ceases to be a quotation dictionary and become instead ‘wonderful words of life’ that leads to us to the Word of Life. It differs even from the study of Scripture. Whereas, the study of Scripture centers on exegis, the meditation upon Scriptures centers on internalizing and personalizing the passage. The written word becomes a living word, addressed to us.” 

-Jason Hooper 
“When we “digest, internalize” and “personalize” the Word of God it transforms written words on a page offering historical accounts into a life-giving force that quickens us in a way where the reigns of our spirit are ever so softly snapped to attention as we enter into a spiritual gallop diving into the deeper things of God” 

-Peter Toon (taken from “Meditating as a Christian")
“Meditation is…thinking about, reflecting upon, considering, taking to heart, reading slowly and carefully, prayerfully taking in, and humbly receiving into mind, heart and will that which God has revealed. For Christian Meditation is being guided and inspired by the indwelling Spirit of Christ in the consideration of God’s revelation.”

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