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Fundamentals of Meditation (Part 2 - Things That Are True)

Updated on December 9, 2017
Meditate on truth, cling to it or Dare to reap the consequences of dealing in lies.
Meditate on truth, cling to it or Dare to reap the consequences of dealing in lies.

Although this is part of a series, it is a complete study on its own. (Part 1 of 9 in series)

* all [bracketed] words in Scripture verses are mine *

As foundation for this article, I wrote the hub Christian Meditation vs. New Age Meditation, in which we spoke of meditating on the word of God and what that means in the light of the Scripture.The central elements of Christian meditation are highlighted in the Bible in Philippians 4:4-9:

"Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice . Let your moderation [gentleness NKJV] be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful [anxious NKJV] for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Finally brethren whatsoever things are true , whatsoever things are honest , whatsoever things are just , whatsoever things are pure , whatsoever things are lovely , whatsoever things are of good report , if there be any virtue , and if there be any praise , think [meditate NKJV] on these things. Those things. which you have both learned and received, and heard, and seen in me, do, and the God of peace shall be with you."

The Basic Truth Is...

Once Jesus becomes the Truth of your life He begins to have an effect on all aspects of your life and belief.
Once Jesus becomes the Truth of your life He begins to have an effect on all aspects of your life and belief.

Truth is a word that is bandied about these days, everyone feeling that their viewpoint is nearest that ideal. The problem with truth is, it's not a viewpoint nor is it an ideal. It is fact. It is a state of being. It is a Person. The funny thing about fact is no matter who utters fact, it is true. If a liar utters truth, the truth stands. If a liar says "Jump off the building and you'll go splat," even though he's a liar, he is now speaking truth. Truth cannot be changed by wishful thinking or good intentions; truth is not relative, it is constant.

How does one tell what truth is? What makes up truth? What makes truth change from truth into something else? How will meditating on truth bring about the blessings of this verse of Scripture and give a peace that passes all understanding? How does meditating on things that are true "keep our hearts and minds" or in other words how does it bring about mental stability?

In academia, students are taught that there is no such thing as absolute truth. Most people believe that if two people disagree on anything, the real truth (if there is such a thing) exists somewhere between the two viewpoints. To lay hold of something as absolute truth is thought to be foolhardy and ignorant. Then we Christians come along and have faith in a document that is thousands of years old and we call it inerrant (never having error) and infallible (incapable of failing). We call Scripture absolute truth. What grand claims we make, yet they are all true.

1. All Things True Start With Christ.

While standing in front of Pontius Pilate and being questioned about the charges brought against Him, Jesus and the Roman governor had this conversation:

"...your own nation and the chief priests have delivered You to me. What have you done?" Jesus answered, "My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here." Pilate therefore said to Him, "Are you a king then?" Jesus answered, "You say rightly that I am a king. I have come into the world that I should bear witness to the truth . Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice." Pilate said to Him, "What is truth?" (John 18:35-38)

I don't believe at this point the question was asked of Jesus in earnest because the Bible says as soon as he asked that question, he sent Him away. He may have wondered what the answer was, but just didn't believe Jesus had it. He may have thought that the very idea of truth is laughable. Many people do. But had he been serious about the answer, I think, Jesus would have given him the answer He gave to Thomas.

"Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me . In my Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. And I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know.' Thomas said to Him, 'Lord, we do not know where you are going, and how can we know the way?' Jesus said to him, 'I am the way, the truth, and the life . No one comes to the Father except through Me.'" (John 14:1-6)

In other words Jesus said, (if I may paraphrase): "As long as you believe in Me I will take care of you. Believe in Me just like you believe in God. I have a home for you and you don't have to worry about the way to get there, just believe in Me. You don't have to worry about what others say is true, because I am truth. You don't have to worry what will come of your life because I am your Life and your life is in Me, I will take care of you." You all know that I am not the Holy Spirit to be rewriting Scripture, but I believe that this is an essence of what He was saying as He tried to comfort a bunch of disciples that were getting increasingly uneasy about the way Jesus was talking.

There is so much in this statement of Jesus but what we pull out for our lesson here is that we can take comfort and great peace in the fact that Jesus is our truth. If we concentrate on Him, on His words, on His works, on His commands, and eliminate all others that would proport to give another truth, we can't go wrong. As we meditate, ponder and muse this premise while we consider His words in an attitude of prayer, He gives us peace that passes understanding.

2. Jesus - The Truth Expressed In Words.

God created our minds to function in two realms. First, in words, and secondly, in pictures or to rephrase it, in thought-language and in mental vistas. The Creator Jesus knew how important words were to mankind. Have you ever become exasperated at someone and said, "Here, do I have to paint a picture for you?" Did you then take up a paintbrush and start painting? Probably not, but you could have, because pictures and explicit words are the reasoning of the human mind and heart. God intended the Bible to be an essential and specific picture painted just for you. The words empowered by the Holy Spirit are intended to paint a brand new vista in the mind's eye every time you hear it. After the emptying of sin (confession) at the throne of grace, a person is in a broken receptive state. His mind is then a canvas on which the words of God can paint a picture. This picture is what we need right then to fight the spiritual battles we are facing in the here and now. We can meditate later on the same verses and they will paint a different picture because each day we face is a new battle.

When Jesus told Thomas, "I am the truth" He was using a word that means revealing or revelation . Knowing Thomas' burning desire was to know God, Jesus said to him, "I am the aletheia " (al-ay'-thi-a) Gr. which means "revealing," so he was saying "I am the revealing" or "I am God revealed, know Me and you will know God."

When the apostle Paul said to meditate on "whatever things are true," that reference is the word alethes (al-ay-thace') Gr. meaning genuine . It's root is formed in conjunction with another word lanthano (lan-than'-o) Gr. which means concealed just beneath the surface. Paul was saying to meditate and muse about truths of God that would lie just beneath the surface of our mental vista. He was saying that we need to go a little deeper into God than we usually do, so that we may gain a greater understanding of our Savior. Instead of squishing God into our little mental box, try to think on things that are bigger about Him, things just under the surface of how we normally think. Not exactly imaginings, but truths hidden to casual glancing. Think deeply of God, His ways, His love and His truth.

3. The Emotional Makeup Of Meditating On Truth.

Here comes a concept not comfortable to everyone- We touched on it earlier but now we must cover the importance of emotions in meditation. An essential element of meditation is the brokenness that must happen to receive anything deeper of the Lord via His Holy Spirit. It adds the element of emotions to the mix. It is so comfortable to think in broad rational terms of the Lord without having to come to the end of one's sinful self. We sit and say, "Okay God teach me something," We may sit for hours praying or singing or reciting Bible verses. But if we have not come to the end of ourselves and confessed the sins that would separate us from the fellowship that God wants desperately to have with us, that fellowship will not happen.

"If I regard sin in my heart, the Lord will not hear." (Psalm 66:18)

"But your iniquities have separated you from your Lord." (Isaiah 59:2)

"And there is no one that calls on your name, who stirs himself up to take hold of You; for You have hidden Your face from us, and have consumed us because of our iniquities." (Isaiah 64:7)

We men and many, many women hate to cry, to be weak in any way. Perhaps we have had a childhood where we were told never to show a weakness to anyone. Perhaps it's a lesson burned into our brain by bullies, and other sources of pain, never let 'em see you sweat, never let 'em see you cry. But God requires that we feed on His strength and not of our own. To meditate requires that we be honestly broken before God and that requires trust. "I trust God!" you may say with conviction. Really? Do you trust Him enough to be totally honest even to the revealing of weaknesses that you admit to no one else? or do you just "not go there" because it sometimes opens up the flood-waters of emotions and weaknesses? Do you trust God when He says that He "shall keep your heart and mind in Christ Jesus?"

Reasons People Use To Avoid Brokenness:

"I hate to lose control,"

God requires that we put all control in His hands.

"I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me; and the life I live now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me." (1 Corinthians 2:20)

"I don't like weakness,"

"I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power. That your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God." (1 Corinthians 2:3-5)

By faith they "...quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle..." (Hebrews 11:34)

"And He said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee; for My strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong." (2 Corinthians 12:9-10)

Understand, when we are thinking we are in a position of strength, we are in severe danger. The John Wayne characteristic of standing alone applies to standing tall in the world, one man against the world for God, It does not, however, mean you are standing in your own strength with pieces of your heart that you are unwilling to share with God. That secret piece of your heart unyielded will effect the usefulness of your whole heart.

"Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall." (1 Corinthians 10:12)

"It's so embarrassing to cry, to break down. What if I can't regain my composure? Consider Jesus stripped, so the world could see His shame and did He resist? No, He gave of Himself to death. He was laughed at and ridiculed. If He, the God of the universe could do that for us, why do we think we are too good to empty ourselves before Him. His shame was before a world that hated Him, our small perceived embarrassment is before a Father that loves us and gave Himself for us.

"So they departed from the presence of the counsel, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His name." (Acts 5:41)

"Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising [mindfully tolerated] the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God." (Hebrews 12:2)

In conclusion, one can see the wisdom in considering all aspects of truth. Beginning with Jesus the source of all truth and finishing with His word which paints word pictures with the stroke of God's own hand. Take time to sit at the feet of the Lord God. Take time to ponder verses and concepts of Scripture that have been neglected. Give consideration to God's will and how truth fits into it. Give place to God.

It could be, however, that you don't know God. It could be that God is just a word in your vocabulary and you did not know you could even have a relationship with Him. These concepts spoken above may be foreign to you. That's okay because God loves you and wants you to know Him. He has revealed Himself in His word. He came to die to pay for your sin and give you life. Maybe you never gave a thought about how to ask God to pay for your sin and to come into your life. Maybe you didn't know that all men are sinners and come short of the glory of God. You knew something was wrong and you were not perfect but maybe you didn't know that all men were born in sin from the first man Adam and including me and you. Maybe you never heard that all you need to do is to call on the name of God and you will be saved. if you never have prayed the sinner's prayer for God to save you, you can pray a prayer like this or even this very one:

Dear God, I know I am a sinner and I am lost in my sin. I ask that you forgive my sin and save me right now. Lord I realize that you died for me. That you were buried and rose the third day for me. I turn now from my sin and turn to You as the only way of salvation. Please come into my heart and be my Lord and Savior and Master of my life. I ask these things in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Other hubs on Meditation:

Fundamentals Of Meditation (Part 1. Christian Meditation vs. New Age Meditation)

Fundamentals Of Meditation (Part 3. What Is Honesty?)

Fundamentals Of Meditation (Part 4. Proper Concept Of Justice)

Fundamentals Of Mediation (Part 5. Contemplating The Importance Of Purity)

Fundamentals Of Meditation (Part 6. Can God Say You Are Lovely?)

Fundamentals Of Mediation (Part 7. Building Treasures In Heaven)

Fundamentals Of Meditation (Part 8. Why Is Virtue Important?)

Fundamentals Of Meditation (Part 9. Do You Know How To Praise God?)


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    • no body profile imageAUTHOR

      Robert E Smith 

      8 years ago from Rochester, New York

      Newbee, I am so glad to meet you. You sound like you have a broken heart which is the kind that God can work with. He can't do anything with a heart of stone but a broken and contrite spirit is all you need to be close to God. Jesus died for you and knows you are but dust. He knows how you feel about your sin and how you are trying to be closer to the God you love. I so appreciate you reading and I am so happy you gave me this feedback. So often I do not hear of any good my articles do. I just keep throwing them out and never hear. You have very much encouraged me and reminded me again why I do this. Much love, Bob.

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      8 years ago

      I can't thank you enough for this. I have started my journey and although crying and breaking down is not new to me, I am struggling with meditation and emptying myself and honestly I feel so inept on how to do it in a way that is true to God and to bring myself closer. it is so hard to find guidance on this. I have someone that told me I need to do this, but I think her way is not working for me. I just needed some guidance, and I think God brought me here to get some. I am going to turn off everything now, confess everything I can think of to him, as he knows all that I have done anyway, there is nothing to hide. Thank you so much for this.

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      Robert E Smith 

      9 years ago from Rochester, New York

      You are so precious to me. When I lost my sister and brother because of Jesus, I got so many very special family to fill the gap. God is faithful and loves me. You are proof. Love you too, Lottie.

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      Pastor Dr Carlotta Boles 

      9 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

      REJOICE ! in the Lord always again I say, again I say REFJOICE! VERY inspirational! Your messages are always on point! God loves you, and I DO TOO!! Voted-Up!

    • no body profile imageAUTHOR

      Robert E Smith 

      10 years ago from Rochester, New York

      I must say you guys are good looking folks. I'm glad you are finding some good in the hubs. The last two in this series are in the works along with another that is almost done. You are kind to be such a loyal reader, brother. Love ya, Bob.

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      afro's mistake 

      10 years ago from dorothys kansas

      yes the two of those are my cousins in kansas. and i cant wait to read the rest of the series

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      Robert E Smith 

      10 years ago from Rochester, New York

      What a blessing to hear you say that brother! So happy that the article ministered to you. Is that your family? What a handsome family you are! I am working on the next in this series and I have three left. Things that are "of good report", "virtue", and "praise". There were 8 in all. My aim was to encourage my brothers in the faith and to make new ones. It seems the Lord has accomplished this. Much love brother. Bob.

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      afro's mistake 

      10 years ago from dorothys kansas

      this is obviously inspired though i am no one to say so myself. the truth shall set you free and you have done great on illuminating that fact. Im proud to say that you are my brother in christ.

    • no body profile imageAUTHOR

      Robert E Smith 

      11 years ago from Rochester, New York

      This from a man that makes history interesting. Not many people are blessed enough to make history interesting. Thank you for reading and may the blessing increase your testimony for the Lord. Love you brother. Bob.

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      James A Watkins 

      11 years ago from Chicago

      This Hub rings with truth and is surely inspirational. I love your presentation of your message. Thank you very much. Well done! It is very good.

    • no body profile imageAUTHOR

      Robert E Smith 

      11 years ago from Rochester, New York

      The Lovely Miss DeBorrah K. Ogans: You too are an inspiration to me. You are constant and faithful in your dividing of the word. Truth is our guardian. As long as stay preaching the truth the Lord will be glorified and we will increase the attendence at the the Wedding Supper of the Lamb. Many Blessings.

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      Robert E Smith 

      11 years ago from Rochester, New York

      Thank you Fred. There is no end to the depth of the foundation of God. I find that foundational material can be plumbed forever without running out of points and new ground to cover. The better we know our foundational information the less likely we are to follow divergent teaching. Major on what's true and then know to eliminate what's not. Glad it blessed you.

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      Elder DeBorrah K Ogans 

      11 years ago

      Bob, Amen! Beautiful insightful meditation! We must always REJOICE in the LORD! His presence is ALWAYS with us! Thank God for HIS HOLY SPIRIT!

      “"As long as you believe in Me I will take care of you. Believe in Me just like you believe in God. I have a home for you and you don't have to worry about the way to get there, just believe in Me. You don't have to worry about what others say is true, because I am truth. You don't have to worry what will come of your life because I am your Life and your life is in Me, I will take care of you." Amen!

      The JOY of the Lord is your strength! Thank you for sharing, In HIS Love, Peace & BLESSINGS!

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      fred allen 

      11 years ago from Myrtle Beach SC

      Never think that God's ministry through you is in vein. Even the most mature among us benifit from returning to the beginning. (not saying I fit that description) I will pay very close attention to your words going forward. You have indeed blessed me.

      I love you too my brother!

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      Robert E Smith 

      11 years ago from Rochester, New York

      To God be the glory but I am honored that you chose to share that with me. I kinda need to hear from people who've been ministered to because the enemy tells me no one is being helped. He is a liar, I know but your encouraging words have given me a lot this day. Love you brother. Bob Smith.

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      fred allen 

      11 years ago from Myrtle Beach SC

      God has granted you wisdom beyond that of most men. I am amazed! Even though I walk with God and receive directly from His word and His Holy Spirit your piece really connected with me. I remember the times when I felt closest to Him were when I emptied myself of pride and stood before Him naked and ashamed. Just as I am without one plea, but that Thy blood was shed for me and that Thou biddest me come to Thee. O Lamb of God I come.

      Thank you for helping me return there!

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      Robert E Smith 

      11 years ago from Rochester, New York

      The Lord is faithful to me. He gets the glory Annie. The next two hubs are even more interesting to me. The next one on Whatsoever things are honest and then Whatsoever things are just. The more one digs the deeper God is. I'm sure Paul thought that he was giving sound advice but I don't really think that he was thinking so deeply when he gave it. But God was. As he was given the words and concepts God knew how deep it went and that we wouldn't scratch the surface of it. Thank you for reading and enjoying. You are kind. Love ya Annie.

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      Ann Nonymous 

      11 years ago from Virginia

      Thank you so much, no body, for such a challenging and inspriring hub! Very well done!

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      Robert E Smith 

      11 years ago from Rochester, New York

      My pastor has preached on Philippians 4:8 countless times. I have listened and said, Wow what a great verse. But then it hit me. Wow, what a great verse! I have seen that this verse has such treasure that I'll never get to the bottom of it all. The next in this series is just as deep.

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      Dave Sibole 

      11 years ago from Leesburg, Oh

      A lady at our church used to say, "I don't understand it all but I believe it all." We grow in the grace and knowledge of God but we never will attain full understanding in this life but what I understand and comprehend has no bearing on truth. Absolute truth does not change or evolve with time. And God's word is truth. Good Hub, I enjoyed. When I am tempted to let my thinking become carnal I try to make myself follow Phil. 4:8.

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      Robert E Smith 

      11 years ago from Rochester, New York

      I am pleased that it ministered to you. It was a joy to write. Now to get busy on the next one. Love ya brother.

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      Robert E Smith 

      11 years ago from Rochester, New York

      It is a relief to be writing while retired. It seems different. I can have complete quiet and not be disturbed as I sit at His feet and get down "on paper" what He wants. It seemed like a good series when I had started it, but now that I can really think and look at it without being tired or taking advantage of a small square of time that things seem to be flowing. Each one of these things in Philippians is so deep. I'm so glad you were blessed by it. I love you sister.

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      Vladimir Uhri 

      11 years ago from HubPages, FB

      Great hub Bob. I enjoyed it. Carol my wife considered this verse as hers. Praise Jesus.

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      Judah's Daughter 

      11 years ago from Roseville, CA

      Very, very inspiring hub, brother. If we just ponder what is TRUE as applies to as many aspects of our lives as we can think of, while meditating on the Lord's Word, how much straighter would our perception and path be? The things we don't know are not true or deceptive, God knows and is faithful to reveal, so we don't fall into a snare. This is how this hub spoke to me. Jesus is the TRUTH and because we are His and He is ours, He will guide us into all truth (John 16:13). Praise God ~ I look forward to your series on Phil 4:8. Blessings always ~ JD


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