2 Corinthians 12:2 KJV  I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven.
Heaven is a real place. The Apostle Paul visited heaven; yet he only spoke of his visit in very general terms. He doesn’t talk about what he saw but what he heard while there. However the Bible in many different verses does give much more specific detail about this place called heaven.
Paul says he is “caught up” to a place he refers to as “the third heaven”. This sheds some light on the use of the word “heaven” in the scripture. There are three heavens referred to in scripture:
So when Paul says he was caught up to the third heaven…he visited God’s dwelling place. It is also the place Jesus went after His resurrection (Acts 1:11). Heaven is the place Jesus referred to as “His Father’s house”, which has many “mansions” (dwelling places or abodes). According to Jesus’ very own words, He went to heaven with the specific purpose of preparing dwelling places or abodes for His family; so that where He is there we all may be (John 14:1-3). The knowledge of Jesus’ plan and preparation should bring comfort. However this knowledge doesn’t bring comfort to everyone, even Thomas, one of the twelve, was uncertain about how to get there. Jesus reassured Thomas that He was the way to get there, the truth about how to get there and the life sacrificed so that all that receive Him as savior will get there. Heaven is a real place.
For further reading: 2 Corinthians 12:1-4; Matthew 6:9; Genesis 1:1-8
Ezekiel 28:12-15 KJV  Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord God; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.  Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.  Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.  Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.
I didn’t want to leave you hanging as to the fall of Lucifer according to the Anointed Cherub Theory. This interpretation of scripture has Lucifer in the Garden of Eden on assignment by God. Lucifer was anointed to perfectly protect and defend God’s garden, to prepare the perfect atmosphere for the man and his wife to know God as well as each other. And then in the process, Lucifer sees something in man that he has seen only in God, i.e., unrestricted authority. God said:
Genesis 1:26 KJV  …Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
Mankind had dominion, which means unrestricted authority, over all the earth. Lucifer saw this and he lusted after it. The iniquity, which was discovered in him, is believed to be his delusional desire to use man’s authority to elevate himself to god-like status.
Isaiah 14:13-14 KJV  For thou hast said in thine heart (meditation), I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:  I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
The “I will” statements by Lucifer were the meditation of his heart that hatched a plan to deceive mankind, hold them as hostage and bring an assault on heaven with the authority of mankind. Please pay careful attention to the principles Satan used in a perverted way to try to overthrow God. First meditation planted the desire firmly in his heart; he then proceeded to confess from the abundance of his heart the wicked desires. Lastly, he sought agreement from mankind, “God doth know…ye shall be as gods…”
Satan knows that God’s kingdom system works; it just doesn’t work for him. The key ingredient is the Word of God. Our lives are ordained for success and the Word of God is the seed of that success. When we put the word of the kingdom to work through meditation, confession and agreement, success is guaranteed.
For further reading: Isaiah 14:12-17 & Ezekiel 28:11-19
Luke 2:48-51 KJV  And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing.  And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business?  And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them.  And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart.
Meditation is a devotional exercise. It centers on internalizing and personalizing scripture. Through meditation the written word becomes the living word. Meditation takes place in the heart. It is where the question is asked, “what is God saying to me”. In Luke 2:48-51 Mary did not “understand” the answer Jesus gave her initially but she kept all that He said in her heart. In other words she wouldn’t let them go, she reviewed them over and over again, she focused on what Jesus said. In the Hebrew language there are two primary words translated meditation:
Ø Hagah – to murmur, to ponder, to imagine.
Ø Siyach – to ponder, to converse with oneself, to commune.
Meditation has to do with the deepest thoughts and intents of the heart rehearsed over and over again. The things pondered in this way become subconscious responses, i.e., habits:
1) Meditation will quiet your spirit. Is.26:3 TPT; Phil.4:6-8 TPT
2) Enlighten your understanding to see things the way God sees them. Gen.15:5 (night); Gen.13:16 (day); Prov.23:26 TPT
3) Increase sensitivity to the authority and power of God. Ps.63:1-6 TPT;
4) Increases your energy. Ps.1:1-3 TPT; Ps.63:2 TPT; Ps.119:23-28 TPT
5) Infuses you with joy. Ps.104:32-34 TPT; Ps.119:14-16 TPT
Meditation will cause you to develop godly responses to all of life’s challenges and godliness is profitable unto all things. (1 Tim.4:8)
For further reading: Read all the references above.
1 Timothy 4:13-15 KJV  Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.  Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.  Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.
Meditation is a critical part of the Christian practice of every believer in Jesus Christ. This differs significantly from eastern religion meditation that has the goal of clearing the mind of thoughts to achieve ultimate bliss. Christian meditation has to do with the focus of the heart on God and His word to have and enjoy life, to the full, till it overflows.
1 Timothy 4:15 (above) promises that meditation will produce profiting in your life that is clearly visible to all. There are some more specific benefits to meditation of which several are listed below:
Remember reading is like taking a bite and meditation is like chewing. Be diligent to chew on the benefits listed above and the Lord will help you to add to the list… that your profiting may appear to all.
For further reading: Read all the references above.