Aug 6, 2017
Have you ever tried to explain a spiritual experience to someone else? It's hard. Our language is not powerful enough or perhaps not precise enough to do it justice. Despite this deficiency, those who have experienced it, cannot deny the reality of this experience. It is the core of the scriptures, human experience with God. What is more amazing is that the Holy Spirit is offered to us. We can be born of His spirit, His spirit of peace. Now lets prepare our hearts and minds to listen to His word.
Outline of the Meditation.
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.
Guided Relaxation / Guided Meditation:
How to relax and how to meditate: Begin by observing how quiet your body is. Move until you are comfortable and don’t need to move in the slightest bit. This time is an opportunity for you to fast from the constant inputs that are coming into your life. Right now there is no input, there is nothing coming in, but air. And the thing that is leaving is all tension. Leaving only a perfectly relaxed body behind. Bring any distracted thought back to the idea of fresh air coming in.
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.
Bible verse for meditation:
The reading will be from John 3:5-8 From the ESV
5 Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.
6 What is born of flesh is flesh and what is born of spirit is spirit.
7 Do not be amazed that I told you, ‘You must be born from above.’
8 The wind blows where it wills, and you can hear the sound it makes, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes; so it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
Meditation on scripture / bible verse meditation:
Some people go to great lengths to justify their faith in terms of academic means. This is a noble venture but ultimately the only way that we can truly gain this witness is by having an experience with the Holy Spirit. I want to be very careful to not say that we can demand this from God. This is not something that we deserve. Despite this, God makes it very clear that he wants us to approach him. As David says in Psalm 51:17 “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.” As we approach him true humbly, one of the responses is an outpouring of His spirit.
God’s spirit can bring peace. In my experience, God pours out his spirit more abundantly as we consistently focus on preparing our minds.
Meditation of Prayer:
Pray as directed by the Spirit.
Meditation of 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.
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