If the Holy Spirit is our teacher why do Christians need guided meditation?
That’s a very good question and I am going to give you an answer that will hopefully free your mind.
But first let’s look at a couple of verses from the Bible that talks about the Holy Spirit as our teacher, comforter and counselor.
The Holy Spirit as Teacher, Comforter, and Counselor
One of my favorite verses in the word of God is found in the Gospel of John 14:26.
There you will find these words spoken by the Lord Jesus…
“But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”
This verse speaks to me in several ways. Let’s look at a few of them.
First, let’s take the word ” Comforter.”
I love this title for God the Holy Spirit because it speaks to us as God is the ultimate comforter in our lives.
I could go on and on about God the Holy Spirit being our Comforter but for the sake of time, I will just show you one more verse that comes to my mind.
2nd Corinthians 1:3-4 is another set of verses that I have committed to memory… And maybe this will be one for you as well.
It reads like this…
Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;
4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.
That’s some powerful stuff to meditate on.
Second… “He shall teach you all things.
You see this particular part of the verse brings another verse of scripture to my mind that’s found in 1 John 2:27.
“But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teaches you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is the truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.”
What can I say about this verse? Well, I’m glad that you asked…
This is a verse that the enemy will pervert in many ways. Especially for new believers who have found themselves drawn to God and his word.
What I mean is that Satan is smarter than we are… I know… I know, most of us don’t want to admit that. But unfortunately, it’s true.
Now again for the sake of time here’s what you should understand. And it is that God has not called us to a new life in Christ to be lone rangers.
We still need teachers and the Holy Spirit will lead you and I and guide us into all truth so that we won’t be tossed to and fro with erroneous teachers.
Before we go to my last thought on this subject you should take note that God is not going to read the word for you.
So if you want this part to work which is…
The Third Promise
This is the part of the verse that I find myself sharing with total confidence and if you eat this and hide it in your heart you to will experience the promise.
Listen, my friend not only do we receive comfort and great teaching from the Holy Spirit but as the Lord said…
” he will bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”
Now listen to the truth, my friend…
If you don’t read, study and meditate on the word of God you will not have anything in your mind and heart that the Holy Spirit can use.
In other words, how can he bring to remembrance something that you haven’t heard the Lord say?
The answer is… He can’t.
With all of that said let’s look at the answer to whether or not do Christians need Guided Meditation?
The Guided Path To Christian Meditation
I love the word of God and even though we have a lot of critics saying that the word of God contradicts itself… That’s not true.
The Bible has an answer for every question that a man or woman is facing or can come up with.
As a matter of fact, the Bible has an answer for a stupid question as well.
But back to the guided path for the new believers and those of us who wish to take part in contemplative and meditation practices.
The Scripture Answers the Question
There are three places or three epistles that teaches us about the gifts that we receive from the precious Holy Spirit.
They are found first in the epistle to the Romans 12:5-9. Second, we see them in the letter to the Corinthians 12-14.
Now the third teaching on the gifts of the Spirit is found in the epistle to the Ephesians 4:11-13.
This is the verse that solidifies my conviction that having a guide to help you get started in the discipline of meditation id Biblical.
Let’s take a look at it and see what it teaches us.
And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ.
Why Do We Need Guidance?
Well, my friend let’s look at it this way…
The Bible refers to us as newborn babes when we first come into the faith or when we become followers of Christ.
So, as you may know, that all babes have to be taught and it’s the same with us as Christians.
We come into the faith not knowing anything except Jesus was crucified and died on the cross for our sins and that he was raised to life to give us a new life.
We have to be taught a whole new way of thinking and adjust to a new way of living.
Which brings me to this point…
God gave us apostles, prophets, evangelist, pastors, and teachers to bring us to perfection as individuals and as a community of believers.
We need each other and besides that, the Bible tells us in the Proverbs 6:23b that…
… The reproofs of instructions are the way of life.
I bring that up because with every new discovery or new discipline that we are encouraged to take part in we will always need some type of instructions and correction… and sometimes a lot of it.
Humility is Key To Success In Meditation
Before I conclude this post I want to share with you another popular verse among the body of Christ.
You will find these words spoken in Proverbs 3: 5-7
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not to thine own understanding.
In all of thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy paths.
Now ponder that before I go to the next verse.
You see those are two of the most powerful set of instructions found in the word of God.
But let me be the first to tell you that as a believer you have to learn how to apply this in your life to reap the benefits.
Proverbs 3:7 tells how to go about executing the command and is a great verse to meditate and ponder.
It reads this way…
“Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.”
This verse tells us in a nutshell that when we are being wise in our own eyes, that we are being evil.
So, in essence, when we rely on ourselves and don’t put our trust in God we are being prideful.
The Application For Guided Meditation
Humble yourself first under the mighty hand of God that he may raise you up in the proper season.
Trust God the Holy Spirit to lead you into all truth by giving you the teachers and guidance counselors that you will need for your edification.
And remember that we all know in part and we prophesy in part… That why we need each other.
Hey if this has added any value to your learning and life please leave a comment below.
We all need encouragement to keep going from time to time…
It’s obvious that I only touch the surface of this topic and if you have questions please feel free to ask it using the comment section as well.
Meditate on the Word of God and be blessed.