You may be thinking that biblical meditation is a difficult skill to develop, but you actually already know how to do it if you know how to worry! When you take a fear or a problem or a negative thought and think about it over and over, that’s called worry. When you take a verse of Scripture and think about it over and over, that’s called biblical meditation.
Often our lives can become too complicated, and we may need to let go of some of the baggage that weighs us down, both in our spiritual lives and our journey toward health. We need to eliminate detours like envy, bitterness, jealousy, and comparison with others. We need to simplify our schedules so that we can live with vitality, enjoying God and life-giving movement. We need a simple eating plan with pure foods. We need simplified goals to focus on.
Growth happens through a steady stream of little choices. If you want to eat in a better way, if you want to take care of your body and exercise more, it takes a series of small choices that add up to big results. You make small choices at every meal or every time you lace up your sneakers. The same thing is true with your soul. Spiritual health is built up day after day, experience after experience. That’s why the Bible so often uses the metaphor of a path to follow step by step.
Restful sleep gives us the energy to exercise. It sharpens our focus and helps us to make good choices about food. Jesus relaxed, and he offered his followers both physical and spiritual rest. If he didn’t sacrifice rest but offered it as a gift, shouldn’t we accept that gift? Turn to him for rest.
God doesn’t expect us to be perfect. In fact, he uses our failures to show us that we need him and to drive us into his arms of grace. There is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus! This means that no matter how bad you blow it in life or on The Daniel Plan, God will never condemn you. He not only wants you to succeed, but is also actively working with every setback to help you succeed.
Notice the Bible doesn’t say, “Give us today our weekly break” or “Give us today our yearly bread.” God wants you to trust him one day at a time. You don’t need to be concerned about tomorrow until tomorrow. You don’t need to be concerned about next week until next week. This means you don’t have to stress about all the future steps necessary to make you Daniel Strong. You just need to focus on what you need to do for today. You can focus on succeeding at The Daniel Plan one day at a time.
Jesus said, "I did not come to judge the world" (John 12:47). Have you accepted his forgiveness and salvation by faith? This is where the Faith Essential begins. You can't have the power of God in your life without Jesus in your life. It all starts with a relationship. Not rules. Not regulations. Not rituals. Not religion. It's all about a relationship to God through his Son, Jesus.
Pastor Warren teaches that goal setting, like prayer and spending time alone with God, is a spiritual discipline. In fact, goals can be an act of stewardship or worship where you say, “God, I want to make the most of what I’ve been given” or “God, I give you back the life you’ve given to me, and I want to go in your direction.”
Staying in honest, deep relationships is not always easy. It requires commitment. But the flip side is a wonderful gift: When you commit to a few friends or a small group, the people in that group will also commit to you to help you make real and lasting changes. The apostle Paul said, “Your faith will help me, and my faith will help you” (Romans 1:12 NCV).
"All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work." Timothy 3:16-17
No habit will help you in the spiritual dynamics of getting healthy more than meditating on and memorizing the Word of God. Jesus modeled this for us. Biblical meditation is not about emptying your mind but filling it with truth. It simply means to read a passage of Scripture, think about it, and repeat it to yourself. It’s the first and most important step to memorizing Bible verses.
Taking care of your body is a spiritual discipline, like prayer, worship, or Bible study. God wants you to succeed at this. The Apostle Paul says, with God helping you, “Take your everyday, ordinary life — your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life — and place it before God as an offering” Romans 12:1 (MSG). When you take care of your body, you worship God. And it’s never too late to start this important journey in your life.
This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Save us, we pray, O Lord! O Lord, we pray, give us success! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! We bless you from the house of the Lord. The Lord is God,and he has made his light to shine upon us. Bind the festal sacrifice with cords, up to the horns of the altar! You are my God, and I will give thanks to you; you are my God; I will extol you.