He was despised and rejected by people. He was a man of sorrows, familiar with deep suffering. He was despised like one from whom people turn their faces, and we didn’t consider him to be worth anything.
v.To turn a matter over and over in the mind.
v.To chew cud.
v.To reflect on over and over again.
Jesus told them, “I am the bread of life.
I came across this article today:
It got me thinking about my experiences with this. I am a deep thinker and an over thinker. When I was younger I used to ruminate until I was worried sick, anxious, panicky, depressed, and yes, hopeless. And I am not completely delivered of it, yet, but God is training to me look at things much differently, and has given me areas of success.
Over the years I have learned many things. One of them is a simple cure for ruminations.
…take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
As the Lord has taught me how to do this He continually reminds me of these two things:
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think on these things.…
As God continues to work these verses out in me I experience this:
…the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
The answer is Jesus…always Jesus.
Now that I have shared the perfect cure for ruminations, I want to share the perfect cure for those constant thoughts of guilt and shame…past sins that we like to ruminate over and over again without any seeming deliverance. Remember that bread I mentioned at the beginning of this blog?
Then Jesus took bread and spoke a prayer of thanksgiving. He broke the bread, gave it to them, and said, “This is my body, which is given up for you. Do this to remember me.”
As your mind ruminates on the following song, let every fiber of your being ruminate on the vibrations of the beautiful instruments being played. Enjoy.
Lord Jesus, You are everything. Thank you for deliverance from our own thoughts. Thank you for hope. Thank you for your body and your blood given for the remission of sins. Thank you for being faithful to your Word. Thank you.
We have to recognize that sin is a fact of life, not just a shortcoming. Sin is blatant mutiny against God, and either sin or God must die in my life. The New Testament brings us right down to this one issue— if sin rules in me, God’s life in me will be killed; if God rules in me, sin in me will be killed. There is nothing more fundamental than that. The culmination of sin was the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, and what was true in the history of God on earth will also be true in your history and in mine…We must mentally bring ourselves to terms with this fact of sin. It is the only explanation why Jesus Christ came to earth, and it is the explanation of the grief and sorrow of life. ~Oswald Chambers