Jul 23, 2017
The great cry of our generation is to reduce the anxiety that overwhelms so many of us. Many people try and find a mechanical solution. They think that a set procedure can alleviate that. Many people worry about the future or ruminate on things they have done wrong. Although God has placed in us an amazing power within ourselves to find through practices like meditation, without the Help of God we can’t fully. In this episode we will go over the real source of our peace and how to tap into it. Get into a place where you can sit comfortably for 20 minutes. I recommend not driving or doing chores so you can focus totally on the message God and if there is something wrong in your body I recommend you talk to a medical person to let the miracle of medicine help you as much as it can.
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Guided Relaxation / Guided Meditation:
If you feel comfortable doing so, feel free to close your eyes. First things first as you sit comfortably in your chair, take inventory of your body. What sensations do you detect? what is your breathing doing? Is it fast? or is it nice and slow and even? Spend some time now and notice it. For this first part, if your notice your mind wandering gently redirect it back to your breathing.
As you scan your body, try to notice areas that feel calm, spend time enjoying that part of the body that God has given you. If there are any areas of your body that feel tense, spend a moment to notice what that feels like. Now try and intentionally unflex them.
Continue breathing deeply and what you will notice is that your body will gently release that tension. Imagine all the weight of your body begins to slowly melt away As you continue to take in breaths you become lighter and lighter. All the heavy tension of your body leaks out of you as you breath deeply. As you continue to breath you find yourself weightless in your chair. Imagine your body slowly floating above your chair. As you imagine yourself floating, your body is as weightless and loose as a cloud. With each breath that you let in your body you feel the gentle cloudiness sooth any spots that felt tense until they too are light as air.
Keep breathing deeply as you listen to this scripture. While staying relaxed, listen carefully and let the message penetrate your soul. This reading will be Isaiah 53:4-6. The reading will be from the KJV.
Bible verse for meditation:
4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
Meditation on scripture / bible verse meditation:
What Message did you receive from this passage?
This is one of a the 4 servant songs in the book of Isaiah. The other servant songs identify the servant as the people of Israel, or God’s covenant people. This one is not specified and scholars have argued the identity of this servant. As Christians it is very difficult to read this and not imagine Jesus Christ as we hear this. He bore our grief. He was stricken and afflicted. He carried our sorrow. Many times as Christians we don’t realize the full gravity of this phrase. Jesus Christ quite literally carries our griefs and sorrows. Jesus helps with far more than only sin. His desire is to save us from all suffering as we learn to trust on Him and grow in Him. It is through His stripes we are healed. Despite this, we have gone astray. As we saw in last episode despite our going astray, Jesus considers us a gift to him. Despite the cost.
I invite you to open your heart to Jesus. Let Him see your pain, your grief, your loss. Sit open to him without any need to explain yourself, because he understands you. Open up your sin to him also. As you do this you realize that any pain and guilt from this sin is for one reason, to help you change. Even as we feel convicted, Jesus has an amazing ability to convert our sin into growth and eternal glory. Trust in Him and keep no secrets and he will care for you and cleans you. Let his spirit guide you in how you need to resolve Sin. Perhaps he wants you to make things right or talk to someone. As you do spend a moment to feel the love of God for you, in the depths of your heart.
Meditation of Prayer:
Pray as directed by the Spirit.
Meditation on God and His Glory / Hesychasm
Sit in silence before the Lord and Foster in you pure Awe, demonstrating the purest gratitude you know how to for the forgiveness of your sins.
Meditate and Visualize Positive Change in Your Life:
Imagine the message you got from scripture today. How can that be applied to your life? Visualize that in as much detail as possible.
Take these ideas and share them with people you trust in your life, compare to other scriptures to provide checks and balances. Trust the spirit of the Lord and He will direct you for Good.
Thank you for joining me today. I am honored that you did. If you felt blessed by listening the only thing I ask of you in return for this free Podcast is to help me share it with everyone who you think would benefit from it. Please help me reach our shared goal to lift up the hearts and bring the peace of Jesus. You can share it on Social media like FaceBook and Twitter, email and text messaging. Good old fashioned phone calls are great too. I feel blessed that you shared your time with me.
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