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Christian Meditation Podcast


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Sep 17, 2017

 

Consider your breathing as you allow the distractions of the world to fade. With eyes closed and sitting comfortably, you let go of your need to control everything. As you sit in peace, you hear the gentle waves and your muscles begin to intense. Remember that one goal of approaching God in prayer is to submit to His will. By maintaining a demand for absolute control, many times we end up working against him. As you continue breathing, you can feel your whole body slowing down and becoming more relaxed. The goal is to allow your mind to not fixate on any specific thought and allow the scripture that will be ready to fill your mind. As you breathe, all the tension leaves your body. Imagine that the air that enters you is like clean and pure water. As it slowly rushes over your muscles it cleans them. With each breath, this healing water rushes through your whole body.

Pay attention to the messages that God puts into your heart as you hear quoting from, His holy word, the Bible.

Bible verse for meditation:

John 4:7-10

ESV

7 A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.”

8 (For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.)

9 The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.)

10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.”

KJV

7 There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink.
8 (For his disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat.)

9 Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans.

10 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.

Meditation on scripture / bible verse meditation:

What does this scripture mean to you?

What stuck out to you as you focused on the scripture?

This scripture is a powerful one. It explains how Jesus allows the faith of those He ministers to. Jesus waits by the well that Jacob, the Old Testament Prophet, built. When the Israelites came to live in the area, Each tribe settled in a certain region. After years a great division separated them. They separated into two different groups. The southern group was called Judah mainly because it focused on the tribe of Judah. The Northern Kingdom was called Israel. As time went on, the Northern Kingdom (of Israel) was conquered. Many of the Israelites were carried away and those that remained ended up intermarrying with other people. For this, the people of Judah rejected them as inferior because they did not maintain their ethnic purity. This made Jesus’s request to the Samaritan woman such a surprise.

She seems dismissive of Jesus and expresses distrust and some people interpret her response as a mocking of Jesus. One thing is clear. After Jesus told her about, what would have been an adulterous relationship, she believed Jesus. His goal was not to shame her but to motivate her to change and become a powerful missionary to help others. Jesus shows his interest in breaking down false barriers between people. He wants us to abandon biases and personal judgments in order to receive his healing living water. This living water is available only through Jesus. What are things you can do in your life to abandon your own biases and replace them with the living water of Jesus Christ?

Meditation of Prayer:

Pray as directed by the Spirit.

I invite you to ask God for forgiveness and then trust Him. I invite you to pray for his loving spirit to wash away your shame.

Meditation of God and His Glory / Hesychasm:

Imagine sitting in the love of God as it pours over you as you are real about your sin.

Meditate and Visualize Positive Change in Your Life:

I want to share something with you that I hope you don’t find too morbid. In my work in hospice, I talk to people who, many times, know that they are about to die. They begin to reflect their life and it finally sets in that this life is short. I consider it a blessing to have spent so much time in this place. For better of for worse, this is the only life that you will have. This is the life that is teaching you what you really need to learn. A major part of that message is learning how to be reliant on God. As you realize that it is only through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ that we can overcome this world, you begin to truly connect with a new and eternal hope. Imagine that, with God’s mercy, you can change this life that you have. With the Spirit of God, you have EVERYTHING you need to change and become the best version of yourself. Visualize how this message can play out in YOUR life.

Conclusion:

Thanks for joining me.

I release a new episode every Sunday morning at 1 AM Mountain time in the US.

You can help someone feel the peace you experienced here by sharing this podcast with those you care about. You can get more information about my podcast by visiting my website ChristianMeditationPodcast.com. You can also send me a message through the site. I would love to hear what your experience is with my podcast.

As you learn to acknowledge both your own sin and God’s mercy you will find greater meaning in life and find the contentment Paul referred to (see episode 1 of this podcast).

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Outline: Relaxation, Reading, Meditation, Prayer, Contemplation, Visualization

 

I invite you to get comfortable for 20 minutes, without driving or doing chores, but focusing exclusively on the message God has for you. If you feel safe to do so, close your eyes. The goal of this relaxation is to remove distractions to allow us to focus on God’s word.

 

Guided Relaxation / Guided Meditation:

 

I have found that it is easiest to relax not by blocking out all of your senses but by being allowing them to just be as you prepare your heart for a fast from the attention of the world. Listen to the sounds around you. Listen to the soothing sounds of the sea as the waves gently churn. As you become more aware of this moment you allow it to fade gently. You notice your breathing gently expanding. Air slowly fills your stomach as you breath all the way from your diaphragm. Imagine your stomach is a large balloon filling with air. Gently breathe in with me as I count. For five seconds breath in. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Then pause. Breath out, 2, 3, 4, 5. Continue breathing slowly. As you breathe slowly you feel your muscles relax and unflex. With each passing breath you relax more and more preparing to receive a message from the bible, from God directly. As I read through this scripture keep your heart, mind, and ears open to God’s message to you.

Bible verse for meditation:

Luke 18:10-14 KJV

10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.

11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.

12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.

13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.

14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

Luke 18:10-14 NIV

10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.

11 The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector.

12 I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’

13 “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’

14 “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

 

Meditation on scripture / bible verse meditation:

 

What stood out in this scripture?

Who do you identify with in this scripture?

What can you learn from this scripture?

I find it an important distinction to separate the ideas of shame and humbly admitting our sin before God. Take a moment and reflect on the purpose God has in this scripture. Why does Jesus tell this story? Not only why does he tell it, but why does he want us to acknowledge our sinful nature? How is this feeling different from shame?

Is it possible to reject shame while still embracing humility before God?

In my work it seems that people who experience shame fatigue often misinterpret messages like this, then go on to see God as a being who desires us to feel immense shame.  I would argue that shame is the adversary's counterfeit for a grieved conscience.

Open yourself up to the idea that your sin is egregious yet at the same time, through the infinite Love of God He knows exactly how to handle that.

I firmly feel that as we learn to engage in our guilt in a healthy way, that our artificial and inflated shame will decrease in most situations. Let God extend his great mercy to you. If you would like deeper reflection on this, see episode 9 that discusses Isaiah 53. With His stripes we are healed. Also refer back to last episode about how we can stop deceiving ourselves.

Continue breathing deeply as you acknowledge your sin before God. Allow his love to penetrate your sin. Make your heart ready for him to replace your stony heart with a heart of flesh.

 

Meditation of Prayer:

 

Pray as directed by the Spirit.

I invite you to ask God for forgiveness and then trust Him. I invite you to pray for his loving spirit to wash away your shame.

 

Meditation of God and His Glory / Hesychasm:

 

Imagine sitting in the love of God as it pours over you as you are real about your sin.

 

Meditate and Visualize Positive Change in Your Life:

I want to share something with you that I hope you don’t find too morbid. In my work in hospice, I talk to people who, many times, know that they are about to die. They begin to reflection their life and it finally sets in that this life is short. I consider it a blessing to have spent so much time in this place. For better of for worse, this is the only life that you will have. This is the life that is teaching you what you really need to learn. A major part of that message is learning how to be reliant on God. As you realize that it is only through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ that we can overcome this world, you begin to truly connect with a new and eternal hope. Imagine that, with God’s mercy, you can change this life that you have. With the Spirit of God you have EVERYTHING you need to change and become the best version of yourself. Visualize how this message can play out in YOUR life.

 

Conclusion:

Thanks for joining me.

I release a new episode every Sunday morning at 1AM Mountain time in the US.

You can help someone feel the peace you experienced here by sharing this podcast with those you care about. You can get more information about my podcast by visiting my website ChristianMeditationPodcast.com. You can also send me a message through the site. I would love to hear what your experience is with my podcast.

As you learn to acknowledge both your own sin and God’s mercy you will find greater meaning in life and find the contentment Paul referred to (see episode 1 of this podcast).

 

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