Mar 25, 2018
Outline: Relaxation, Reading, Meditation, Prayer, Contemplation, Visualization
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Get into a place where you can sit comfortably and uninterrupted for 20 minutes. If you feel comfortable to do so, I invite you to close your eyes.
Guided Relaxation / Guided Meditation:Feel the air come in and out of your lungs. Don’t force the air in and out of you. If you feel stressed just think of the God and how he has made himself known to you and let Him sooth you as you feel calmed. If you have tense muscles just try and feel the love that God has for you and know that you are on His earth. You are breathing His air into your lungs right now. Know that He loves you and suffered for your sins and he knows you and loves you. On that note we are going to appreciate 1 thing he has done for us.
Moment of gratitude: HEAL. Rick Hanson “Hardwiring Happiness.”
Bible verse for meditation:
6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.11 To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, 7 casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. 8 Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 9 Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. 10 And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. 11 To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen.
Notice the similarities and differences in the translations
What does this scripture mean to you?Has it had a different effect this reading as compared to times past?How does this scripture make you feel?
Continue breathing deeply as you ponder this meaning.
Meditation on scripture / bible verse meditation: Peter teaches to let go of the desire to control others, and to instead attempt to live as Christ would, in Love. I find it important here that Peter connects the ideas of humbleness and anxiety. The world tells us that we need to build our own self importance up and only through that will we be able to cast of insecurity. Here Peter connects the ideas of submitting ourselves to God with casting our anxieties on him. Although this is not the only cause of anxiety it is certainly one source. When we are obsessed with a mindset of comparison we cannot truly approach the Lord in humility. When we want so desperately for others to see us as smart or attractive or worthy, we miss something far more important. God already loves you. He already cares for you, and it is for this reason that we can give all our cares to him. All our anxieties can be unburdened on Him and he is glad to do it. On the Cross he took on him our sin. He quite literally took on him the most anxiety causing thing of all, rebellion to God. In your heart experience what this feels like. What does it feel like when you hear that your anxieties have already been carried by the Lord? What thoughts do you have about that? Soak in this moment of gratitude for a glorious God who loves us enough to save us from all, from our sin, imperfection,We can return to God in an embrace of Love. What is there that can harm us when we realize that our enduring of this life can inspire others to find Him also and when it is all done, we can return to Him in unending peace, love, acceptance, and a complete absence of these earthly anxieties.
Meditation of Prayer:Pray as directed by the Spirit.Dedicate these moments to the patient waiting, when you feel ready ask God for understanding you desire from Him.
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Final thought - Witness about prayer. I hope you will feel this relaxation all through the rest of the day. Have a good rest of the day.