Today we continue to review some basic but necessary trail tips for successfully walking the narrow path with Jesus. Remember, just like packing the right supplies and exercising the right muscles before a back packing trip, these are simply spiritual disciplines that help us navigate the path wisely, handle the stress of the trail, and enjoy the walk. They don’t, however, “get us on the trail.” Only a saving faith in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior paves the way through the narrow gate that leads to this adventure. But if you’ve entered through that narrow gate, these disciplines will help you stay in the center of the path, where joy and delight abound.
- Purchase or make a meditation/memorization album in which you can build a “menu” of soul-satisfying scriptures…ones that speak to your greatest hungers. I use a simple 4×6 photo album filled with 4×6 index cards as seen below. Then, as God brings scriptures to my attention, I fill the album (slowly) with Bible verses that speak to my soul’s current hungers.
- Build your menu slowly. There’s no rush to fill your album with Bible verses. Let God lead you to them during the Sunday sermon, through a message on the radio, during your personal quiet time, in your Bible study. Tell Him what you are craving: security, love, significance, purpose, or even joy, peace, rest, adventure, companionship,etc. Allow Him to supply you with the truths that will feed those hungers best.
- “Eat” three meals a day. Commit to reading over and thinking on your chosen scriptures three different times during the day. I meditate on mine first thing in the morning, at lunch time, in the mid afternoon, and even as I go to bed.
- Memorize your scriptures. Memorization sometimes frightens people; but you’ll find that if you read over and meditate on your scriptures 3-4 times a day, you’ll soon have them memorized. The benefit? When you’re away from your album and those nasty emotions start luring you off course…you’ll be able to “eat” the truth, be satisfied, and resist the temptation.
- Make this a lifelong habit. This is no quick fix or temporary cure for what ails you. God’s Word tells us to meditate on His truth day and night, consistently, forever.