Philippians 4:8 "Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things."
Biblical meditation is, I think, misunderstood, and underappreciated.
It's a massive key to unlocking and maintaining blessings, breakthroughs, healing, faith, revelations...you name it, the list goes on.
What you think about affects everything.
So, firstly let me just say this, the "new age" understanding/description of "emptying the mind" is not scriptural and not biblical meditation.
In fact, when Jesus was explaining deliverance and casting out demons, he said that the demons look for a place (meaning a human vessel) that has been "swept clean" or in other words, emptied.
Satan can use an empty mind, so it's convenient to make a doctrine that tells everyone to empty their minds.
But, a mind full of what's pure, a mind filled with the word of God, a mind full of virtue that's been renewed and restored and strengthened is much less accessible to him.
So biblical meditation is about consciously deciding to fill your mind with what's true, pure, righteous, holy, clean and wholesome.
When we've been so conditioned in this life, to feed our minds with rubbish, with fear and lies from things like the media or even just people around us, it can takes some self discipline to meditate on God; but eventually it will be second nature.
I personally used to have such a negative mindset which effected my entire life. But through this awesome principle, I've experienced amazing transformation.
So decide today to change what you think about. Think about God's word, His promises and what they mean. Think about the things God has done for you and for others.. choose to think about good things.
Top tip: speak God's word over your thoughts. If you find your mind wandering to the negative, begin to speak truth from scripture. Ask God to help you.
Father thank You that I'm not stuck. I don't have to stay negative, depressed and empty. I choose today to fill my mind with good things. Help me and teach me to meditate on scripture, and to direct my thought life towards virtue. In Jesus' name, Amen.