Anyone that knows me knows that I LOVE confessions. I mean I wrote a whole devotional book on it for God’s sake lol. But over the last month, the Lord has been dealing with me about speaking the Word consistently.
It was actually really awkward because this was supposed to be my wheelhouse. You can basically call me the confession girl, but I just stopped doing them for no particular reason. To be honest, up until a few weeks ago, I’m not even sure when’s the last time I confessed the Word on a regular basis.
And the only reason why I started doing them again is because I had gotten to a weird point in my life where I was feeling discouraged and down (more often than I was comfortable with). But God in His infinite love and care used several moments and people to remind me that it was because I wasn’t confessing anything.
He asked me, “Hanha, when was the last time that you consistently confessed my Word?”
Cause I used to confess the MESS out of the Word if you feel me lol. I would wake up every single morning and I would have a list of scriptures that I was declaring based on where I was in my life.
For example, if I was struggling with doubt, believing God for financial increase, and wanting to love people better, I would have a list of 10-12 scriptures that would touch on each of those things.
If you’re just starting out with confessions, I’d recommend starting here with this blog post. There’s also a free print-out for you to use so that you can wake up and confess God’s Word too!
But many of us know about the power of confessions so this blog post is basically the 2.0 edition: meditating on God’s Word. This is for the reader that is aware about confessions, has some type of Biblical understanding about it, but hasn’t necessarily been consistent with applying it to your life (obviously preaching to the choir here lol).
Meditating On God’s Word
So when God checked me on speaking His Word, not only did He remind me of how important it was to confess the Word, but He also showed me how important it was to confess ONE Word at a time.
The reason why is because confessions are a simple but powerful way to meditate on the Word of God. But if you change what you speak every day or if you listen to something different on a daily basis, it’s challenging to really meditate on what God is saying and receive revelation from it. And it is revelation that ultimately helps to bring transformation and change in our lives.
There are several scriptures that support the idea of meditating on the Word.
I meditate on your Word both day and night. – Joshua 1:8
I hide your Word in my heart so that I might not sin against you. – Psalm 119:11
Be Careful with How Much You’re Meditating On
But one of the problems of living in this technology-driven world is that there is content EVERYWHERE. On Sundays, you can go to church and hear a sermon, and then go home and watch another sermon online.
We also have social media platforms where people now have a voice to share their insights and perspectives. Then if you’re fortunate enough, you have parents or mentors that also share their wisdom. And of course, we have God!
Now, there are two different types of Words that God provides. There’s the written Word, which is the Bible and then there’s the Rhema Word, which is a spoken Word or a “right now” Word for where you are in this particular season.
A Rhema Word can come as a result of your private time with God when He speaks a specific Word to You or it can come from a prophetic Word where God will use one of His prophets to minister to you.
On the surface, it’s easy to say that God’s Word is the most important Word out of everything on the list and this blog post is not here to deny that. God’s Word is most definitely the highest truth concerning your life – not what your friends say, not what your parents say, not what your boss says, not even what your pastor says.
But if we’re not careful, we can find ourselves in a place where there are so many Words surrounding us that we can actually miss what God is saying.
Finding Time to Mediate on the Word
I have definitely fallen trap to this. For example, I can hear multiple Words in any given week. On Sunday, it’s a sermon about leaning into God’s love rather than my performance. The next day, it’s encouragement that everything that’s happening in my life is a set up.
The next day, I’m encouraged to praise God in advance. Then a couple of hours later, I’m reminded that I don’t have to look for a miracle when God is always performing a miracle in the small details.
I mean think about your own life. How many times have you been bombarded with a ton of different messages in one given week whether it’s from a sermon, a podcast, a YouTube video, your parents, friends, mentors, etc.? Not to mention this probably happens from week-to-week! Talk about A LOT of Words with little time to apply them to our lives, right?
If you take my above example, it’s challenging to figure out what exactly God is trying to say AND it’s overwhelming which Word I should actually meditate on. Trying to meditate on all of them can be a lot for anybody and if you pay close attention, they are all slightly inconsistent because there’s no common theme (more on this later in the post).
This is the difference between head knowledge and heart knowledge. I can know and quote all of these Words (head knowledge), but none of them will penetrate my heart enough to bring revelation and transformation (heart knowledge) until I meditate on them.
We all can have knowledge, but God is the one who gives us wisdom and revelation when we meditate on His Word, allowing us to grow and become more like Him.
That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him. – Ephesians 1:17
What Should I Mediate On?
So how do we avoid this?
More times than not, there is a specific Word that God has for you in this season and sometimes, He has said it ahead of time to prepare you for where you are now. The best advice I’ve ever gotten on this is that the Word you should meditate on (whether written or Rhema) most likely applies to every area of your life.
For example, God has been dealing with me about resting in His love. In my personal life, it looked like giving myself grace whenever I didn’t do something that met the expectations that I had for myself. In my work life, it looked like giving others grace as an extension of the love I had for myself and recognizing that God’s love was enough (not my work).
In my spiritual life, this looked like sitting at God’s feet and not saying anything, but allowing His love to cover me to the point of gratitude and worship. In my relationships, it looked like being patient and gracious towards others when they did something that hurt my feelings or got under my skin.
So I had to find, meditate, AND confess scripture about resting in His love. Scripture like:
I make every effort to enter into His rest (Hebrews 4:11).
God’s grace is sufficient for me. His power is made perfect in my weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9).
God supplies all of my needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).
God has equipped me for every good work. He performs all my work for me (Hebrews 13:21).
The Lord is my Shepherd. I lack nothing (Psalm 23:1).
Nothing can separate me from the love of God (Romans 8:39).
The point being that wherever you are right now, there’s something that God is trying to say to you about your life and if you look with spiritual sight, you will recognize it everywhere.
Find Your Word, then Mediate On it By Confessing It and Applying It
All of this to say that my encouragement to you would be to find the Word that God is speaking to you in this season whether it’s having more patience, loving yourself the way He loves you, or learning to rest in Who He is rather than what He does.
Whatever Word God has for you, meditate on that ONE particular Word and nothing else until the Holy Spirit releases you to pray and meditate on something else. You can meditate on the Word by:
- Finding scripture that you need to meditate on and confessing them every single day until God’s Word manifests in your life.
- Or whenever an opportunity arises for you to apply what you’re meditating on, do it! Ex: You’ve been meditating on patience and your co-worker is annoying you. Choose to be patient rather than get an attitude.
And as always, if you’re not sure where to start, I encourage you to sign up for #TheConfessionsProject where it will give you a better idea!
- What is God saying to you in this season?
- What scriptures can you meditate on so that you can apply the Word to your life?
- How can you make sure you’re meditating on the Word on a consistent basis?
Hanha Hobson is an author, speaker, and the founder of Transparency Ministries. From published devotionals to empowerment workshops, she will stop at nothing to see women encounter God and she is passionate about teaching and equipping them to live a life of freedom. When she is not encouraging others or writing her heart out, she enjoys watching Grey’s Anatomy, eating Chickfila, and connecting with friends on Instagram. Come say hi!