How can we login to God each day? Come join me, Elder Oscar Owens, Jr., for a free, interactive learning experience. You will discover how to meditate and pray God’s Word through the amazing practice of holy reading.

Please join me this Thursday, July 9, 7 – 9 p.m. in the West Angeles Church Crystal Room at 3045 Crenshaw, Los Angeles, CA 90016. We will begin with intercessory prayer and worship at 6:30 p.m. I want to teach you this simple biblical method so you can reliably connect with God throughout your busy day. You may also join our live stream at www.westa.tv 7 p.m. PST.

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Log in to God by Meditating on Scripture through the Process of HolyReading, Wholly Reading God’s Word!
What do you enjoy eating? What are you mentally and emotionally consuming each day!
As we need physical food each day for physical life, we need spiritual food for our spiritual life. We need theknowledge of Jesus to keep our minds healthy!
Jesus implies that God’s Word is our spiritual food:
Matthew 4:4 New King James Version (NKJV)
But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that
proceeds from the mouth of God.’”
The Jewish people of Jesus’ day would have understood that Jesus was pointing to the power of meditating on
God’s Word.
1) Meditating on God’s Word is a very important spiritual disciplinethat helps us to connect with God.
Listen to these words from the Old Testament:
Psalm 1:1-3 New King James Version (NKJV)
1 Blessed is the manWho walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,    Nor stands in the path of sinners,    Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
    And in His law he meditates day and night.
He shall be like a tree
    Planted by the rivers of water,    That brings forth its fruit in its season,    Whose leaf also shall not wither;And whatever he does shall prosper.
Joshua 1:8-9 New King James Version (NKJV)
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that
you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, andthen you will have good successHave I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not beafraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”
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Joshua 1:8 New International Version (NIV)
Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to
do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.
God’s plan or process of prosperity for us is meditating on God’s Word!
What is the definition of biblical meditation? How do we meditate on God’s Word?
The Hebrew verb pronounced hagah (Strong’s number 1897) literally means to growl, groan, sigh, mutter,or speak, but it is used figuratively to mean meditate or ponder.
Psalm 77:12  New King James Version (NKJV)
12 I will also meditate on all Your work, And talk of Your deeds.
Psalm 77:12 New International Version (NIV)
12 I will consider all your works
    and meditate on all your mighty deeds.”
The Hebrew words also imply how certain farm animals “chew the cud”. Meditating on God’s Word is to chewit, over and over. It is to eat, devour and to savor God’s Word slowly.
The word ruminate, from a Latin word which meant to chew the cud. This is the natural process whereby someanimals, many of them domesticated, chew and chew and chew their food, then swallow, regurgitate, and chewsome more. By this means, they obtain the maximum nourishment from what they eat, digesting it thoroughly.
2) How to Meditate on God’s Word (4 easy steps)
Step 1  Read (Holy Reading, wholly reading God’s Word)
Find a section of God’s Word and read it slowly. Engage in what I call “holy reading and wholly reading”.
Slowly take in each word. Read the words aloud, out loud, over and over.
Step 2  Reflect or Meditate on God’s Word
As you read the words of the Bible think about them, turn them over in your mind, savor them, enjoy them.
“Chew on God’s Word until His Word begins to nourish you, until it becomes sweet to you. You may want tomemorize little sections so you can bring them to your memory later in the day. This is the “chewing of thecud”, chewing and swallowing God’s Word then bringing His Word back to your mind to chew again.
Step 3  Respond to or Pray God’s Word
1 John 5:14-15 New King James Version (NKJV)
14 Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hearsus. 15 And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we haveasked of Him.
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Begin to talk to God through His Word. In other words, God will start to speak to you through His Word,therefore you are to begin speaking to God about His Word. Speaking to God is the simplest definition ofprayer. Enter into dialogue with God. Speak and listen to the Voice of God’s Spirit through God’s Word.
Begin to pray God’s Word back to God. Praying God’s Word and God’s ideas in His Word is the one of thebest types of prayer. Why? Because God’s Word is God’s Will and God answers His Will.
Step 4  Receive from God, Abide and Rest in Jesus!
John 15:4 New King James Version (NKJV)
Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither canyou, unless you abide in Me.
Matthew 11:28-30 New King James Version (NKJV)
28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.29 Take My yoke upon youand learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For Myyoke is easy and My burden is light.”
Allow God to minister to you. Be still and wait for God to bless you. Say “Yes” to the Lord and commune with
the Holy Spirit. Yield to the moving of the Holy Spirit upon you. Be with God as God is with you, in Jesus.
You can add a step at the end:
Step 5  React to, Act on God’s Word
James 1:22 New King James Version (NKJV)22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
Do whatever the Lord is telling, instructing or empowering you by His Spirit. Continue throughout your daymeditating on this Word of God.
You will find great nourishment and strength from God as you meditate on His Word. You will also encounterGod through His Word. After all Jesus is the Living Word of God and the Holy Spirit is the Author.
You can add a step at the beginning:
Ready yourself or Prepare to be with God through God’s Word!
John 6:63 New King James Version (NKJV)
63 It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they
are life.Go for it and encounter, meet and connect with God in His Word, everyday!
Matthew 4:4 New King James Version (NKJV)
But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that
proceeds from the mouth of God.’”
Presented by Elder Oscar Owens, Jr., Christian Education and Bible College Director, West Angeles Church of God inChrist

Come on, let’s login to God!

Blessings in Jesus,

Elder Oscar Owens, Jr.
Christian Education Minister and Bible College President

West Angeles Church of God in Christ
3045 Crenshaw Blvd., Los Angeles, California 90016
323-733-8300 ext. 2257
Email: [email protected]