There is a stigma when it comes to meditation. The first thought that comes to the minds of many, when thinking of meditation is what? Sitting crisscross making the “humming sound.” This type of meditation encourages you to empty your mind to find inner peace. This is not biblical meditation. So lets get that out of the way and clarify that thats not what I’m talking about when it comes to meditation. Biblical meditation doesn’t encourage you to empty your mind but rather the opposite. It encourages you to fill your mind with truths that come from God’s Word. The meditation that I’m talking about is best defined by Don Whitney in his book Spiritual Disciplines, pg. 46, and it states, “deep thinking on the truths and spiritual realities revealed in Scripture for the purposes of understanding, application, and prayer.” This, my friends, is true, biblical meditation. Intentional thinking of God’s Word, pondering the truth’s that come from His Word.
Everyone meditates on something. Whether it’s things from the past that have hurt you, to what happened at work this passed week that made you upset, everyone meditates on something. Like I said earlier, other religions have taken this concept and made it their own, some with the practice of emptying your mind, in an attempt to find inner peace and solitude. We as humans, made in the Imago Deo (Image of God), were made to meditate. To sit, chew and ponder in your mind. But as you know, sin entered in the world and have misconstrued it into something it wasn’t made for. But let me encourage you, getting back to biblical meditation can and will help as a means of mortifying sin. That includes the sin of pornography.
Before indulging in porn, a thought occurs in your mind. I have yet to meet a person who watches porn without thinking about it first. Whether it’s from replaying that woman or man you’re wandering eyes laid on earlier in the day to boredom. A thought slips into your mind, calling out to you to indulge. This is a form of meditation. A sinful one, but it is a meditation. You are sitting and pondering about what is intended to be sacred but was wrecked by sin. So you have that thought to indulge in porn slip into your mind, you have one of two options. You feed it or you starve it. Your first instinct, a fleshly one, is to indulge. You continue to think about, “If I do it now, I can repent later,” “Nobody is home, so I won’t get caught,” “I know this is wrong, but I can’t help it,” “One more time isn’t going to hurt,” “I’m too far into this, I can’t stop,” and so on. Once you start feeding this thought, it is a downward spiral from there. Next thing you know, you are filled with conviction, needing to be washed from the guilt and shame.
Meditation can act as a means of mortifying your sin. Getting up in the morning, before pulling your phone out, checking your twitter, Facebook, Instagram etc. fill your mind with God's Word. Get in your Bible. To fight temptation is to use God's Word. To use meditation as a means of mortifying your sin of pornography means to chew on God's Word.
Practically speaking, here is an example of using biblical meditation as a means to mortifying sin:
Let's take Ephesians 4:17-24 and practice meditating on it. In those verses Paul talks about our "former manner" and our "renewed spirit." So if you're going to mortify your sin of pornography, take the truths of these verses and apply it to your life. What are some truths of Ephesians 4:17-24?:
- We must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds
- Why not? Because they are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them.
- Is walking as the Gentiles do our former manner or our renewed spirit?
- It's our former manner.
- What does Paul say to do with our former manner?
- To put off our former manner
- Then what? To be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
Now that we have taken the truths of these verses, take these truths to the throne of grace and plead with God.
Here is a prayer that is shaped in the biblical truths of Ephesians 4:17-24:
"Father, I come to You with complete and total dependence upon You. Your Word says to put off my former manner and not walk as the Gentiles do, who walk in their futility of their minds. You tell me to put off my former manner and to be renewed in the spirit of my mind. So, LORD, I ask that You help me today to walk in the newness of life that You've given me. Your Word says that I am a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17) and so I pray for strength and wisdom when confronted by temptation. I pray that You give me the strength to flee and remembrance of the truths of Your Word in Ephesians 4. Thank You that I do have a renewed spirit and mind and by Your grace, I can live today, not as Gentile, but as Your child. In Jesus name, amen!"
My prayer is that this encourages you to dig deeper in the Word and mine the truths of the Bible. The very Word in which you open, is the very Word that God has breathed life into (2 Timothy 3:16). Take advantage of that and use it to mortify, to kill and to bury the sin that seeks to destroy you. As the words of the puritan John Owen, "Be killing sin or it will be killing you." Grace and peace!