Learn to “ruminate,” which means to “chew the cud.” When a cow feeds, it chews the grass, swallows it, and then brings it back from the stomach to the mouth to chew on again.
So when you ruminate in your mind, you keep bringing the thoughts back to think about them again. Meditate on them. Ponder over them. Keep bringing them back to mind for further and deeper consideration.
The more your mind is filled with the Word of God and biblical meditations, the more you will have to draw upon when you stand to minister. “The Holy Spirit will bring all things to your remembrance” (John 14:26), but you must have them in your mind for Him to do so.
- Always Have A Notebook With You
Whenever you read your Bible, get into the habit of having pen and paper with you. Form the good habit of making brief notes of every bit of inspiration you receive. Try to avoid doing this on loose pieces of paper, as you will tend to lose these.
If you use a notebook, it will become like a spiritual diary. Months afterwards, you will be able to go back over your notes and draw fresh inspiration from them. The more you meditate on them, the more revelation you will receive. This will also create a file of thoughts on numerous subjects, from which you will be able to prepare many fine sermons at the appropriate time.
- Maintain A Prayerful Attitude
This does not mean that you must be on your knees all the time. It is the attitude of heart to which I refer, not the posture of your body.
Ideally, prayer is a spiritual conversation with God. It is a two-way conversation. You speak to God, but He will also speak to you. As you learn to discern His voice, you will discover a continuous flow of inspiration.
God longs to reveal His truth. He waits for hungry, attentive hearts who can recognize and discern His voice. He wants to share His secrets with you.
- Seek The Holy Spirit’s Illumination
Place a high value and priority on the illumination the Spirit can bring upon the Word of God. The Holy Spirit is a Sensitive Person Who can be grieved and driven away.
You must cultivate the quiet, humble, sensitive spirit with which He loves to associate. As your fellowship with the Holy Spirit develops, He will introduce you to many wonderful new truths which will enrich your life and ministry.
- Your Text Should Be:
a. Biblically Authoritative.
It should harmonize with what the consensus of the Bible teaches. It is possible to take a verse out of its context, and teach from it some thing which the Bible does not substantiate. It has been said that “a text without a context is merely a pretext.”
Always study your text in the light of its context. Never try to make your text say anything which is not confirmed by the verses which precede and follow it. Always endeavor to interpret your text in the light of what the whole Bible teaches on the subject.