Meditating God’s Word for Healing
by Michael Plunkett
“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.” Joshua 1:8
Every believer wants to be like Jesus – in his love, his authority and power. But the key to all those things is to be like Jesus in his faith in God his Father. The key to his faith in God isn’t a secret. It was prayer and meditation on the Word of God, followed by his obedience. If we are to grow like Jesus, we must follow his pattern. He told and showed us plainly in the gospels and the Psalms, “I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things. And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.” John 8:28-29
In this teaching we are going to learn about meditating the Word of God to gain faith in God. Jesus meditated God’s word, believed it and knew the Father was always with him. “O how l love thy law! It is my meditation all the day…I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation.” Psalm 119:97, 99
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO “MEDITATE THE WORD?”
To meditate the word of God is to ponder, to study, to talk aloud to oneself and God, to imagine, to picture yourself, to fix your mind on, to roll the words around in your mind, to view from different angles, to speak it continually to yourself, to rehearse and practice. All day long as he worked and traveled, he meditated. He fixed his mind on God’s word and grew in faith and gained insight for his life and purpose on earth. Luke 2:52 says, “Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.” He was taught and shown things to do in his spirit, then he obeyed.
You, too, will grow in faith, gain insight for your life, be shown and taught things to do as you meditate the Word. As you meditate, the Holy Spirit has free course to bring forth wisdom and revelation. As Paul prayed in Ephesians, that the eyes of your understanding will be enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in you, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward you and in you who believe. Meditation is not just a mental exercise of study, but so much more. It is a time for your heart (spirit) to be taught and counseled by the Holy Spirit and to see yourself living the reality of the Word. Like prayer, it is a time of personal fellowship with God and to gain faith in Him. “For thou hast taught me. How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!”
Psalm 119:102b-103, “It is written: ‘No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him”— “but God has revealed it to us (*me) by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. We (*I) have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we (*I) may understand what God has freely given us (*me).” 1 Cor. 2:9-12
* these are my notes
HOW TO OBTAIN FAITH
“Truly, God never asks you to believe He will do something for you unless He first promises to do it. “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Rom. 10:17
The purpose of scripture meditation on any subject like healing is so that you may trust God and see that the promises in God’s word are for you, being confident in Him and the unchanging truth of his Word. When you hear and meditate, it is essential that you hear the word as the very word of God for you, spoken to you by God Himself and that by believing and acting upon His word, you expect him to make it manifest in your life. “…when you received the word of God …you accepted it not as the word of men, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is at work in you who believe…” 1 Thessalonians 2:13
Jesus is the express image of the Father, the perfect expression of God and His Holy will. He said, “He that hath seen me hath seen my Father also,” and “Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.” John 5:19
HEALING IS PROVIDED FOR ALL
With regards to healing, he healed ALL who came to him, never refusing a single individual. He never said, “It is not my will,” or “I’m not sure I’ll heal you” or “you must suffer first, to be disciplined.” His answer was always, “I WILL,” and this fact settles forever God the Father’s will regarding sickness. Our healing is now a completed fact of our salvation. “Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.” 1 Peter 2:24
His answer to you can never be different from his completed work. It would be the same as thinking God can still decide to make or not make the earth. No, it’s been made, period. It’s the same with your healing; it’s been provided for in the completed work of Jesus at the cross. Your task is to believe your healing has been provided for, and then stand in faith until it fully manifests. To stand in faith, you must continually meditate God’s word, because what is an absolute truth and fact in the spirit realm is not necessarily a manifested reality in your body yet. But it will be, if you receive it by faith.
WHAT IS SEEN IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE
“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen (*presently), but on what is unseen (*not evident yet, but true). For what is seen is temporary (*subject to change), but what is unseen is eternal (*not ever subject to change).” 2 Cor. 4:18. The battle ground right now is in your mind. So you must take control of your thoughts, and order them according to the word of God, not according to your present circumstances.
* these are my notes
MEDITATING THE WORD IS STARTS WITH DISCIPLINE
Becoming a meditator is a discipline of obedience. It is a discipline most people are not use to. Like physical exercise you have to force yourself to start, but in short time it becomes much more enjoyable, and the results are visible and joyous. You have to begin by exercising control over your mind; to go from being a passive receptor of images and thoughts to an active instigator of thoughts and images based on the word. Psalm 19:14: “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.” Speaking the word continually gives you control over your mind. All your words are important – because they are living. That is why you must speak God’s word. Jesus learned from his Father and taught us, “the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” John 6:63
YOUR WORDS ARE CONTAINERS OF SPIRITUAL POWER
Speaking is a spiritual act; it is an act of authority. Speaking was the first spiritual act of God in Genesis. Speaking has profound effects, whether you realize it or not. Words are living and contain spiritual power. Not just some of your words, but all your words. Proverbs 18:21 states that“life and death are in the power of the tongue.” You are allowing or disallowing the spirit realm to bring things into your natural (visible) realm. Speaking the devil’s words is also a spiritual act. Speaking worry, fear, circumstances allow the enemy to continue his work. Your words set the boundaries for your life. We were saved by hearing God’s word of truth and life and confessing it. “For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.” Romans 10:10 NIV The word “saved” in the Hebrew and Greek is not limited to a future eternal heavenly state, but rather mostly to a present deliverance, safety, healing and soundness. So with your mouth confess and meditate the word of God, and be saved!
JESUS DEMONSTRATED KINGDOM PRINCIPLES
This is how the Kingdom of God functions – you hear God’s word, faith arises in your heart (spirit) and you speak the word, knowing it will allow the Kingdom access into the earthly physical realm, and change it to reflect God’s will. This is how Jesus lived. This is how you were designed to live. Jesus only spoke the word of God, and he is our model for Kingdom life. “For I did not speak of my own accord, but the Father who sent me commanded me what to say and how to say it. I know that his command leads to eternal life. So whatever I say is just what the Father has told me to say.” John 12:49-50 NIV
The Healing Scripture Cards are a wonderful help in providing you a means to keep the Word of God close and convenient. Read over the scripture on the cards slowly, each one several times asking the Holy Spirit to speak to your heart and mind.