Apr 25, 2021
328 Train Yourselves to Be Godly, A Guided Christian Meditation on 1 Timothy 4:7-10 with the Recenter With Christ app
I'm Chaplain Jared and I work as a hospice chaplain and an ICU chaplain, my purpose in making this podcast is to help you find more peace in your life and to be more open for your heart to be changed by the Spirit of God. By using centuries old form of Christian Meditation named Lectio Divina:
Outline: Relaxation, Reading, Meditation, Prayer, Contemplation and Visualization.
Get into a place where you can sit comfortably and uninterrupted
for about 20 minutes.You should hopefully not be driving or
anything tensing or unrelaxing. If you feel comfortable to do so, I
invite you to close your eyes.
Guided Relaxation / Guided Meditation:
Breathe and direct your thoughts to contactxing God. Let your stomach be a balloon inflate, deflate.
Bible verses for Meditation:
1 Timothy 4
7 Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; 8 for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. 9 The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance. 10 For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe.
7 Avoid profane and silly myths. Train yourself for devotion, 8 for, while physical training is of limited value, devotion is valuable in every respect, since it holds a promise of life both for the present and for the future. 9 This saying is trustworthy and deserves full acceptance. 10 For this we toil and struggle, because we have set our hope on the living God, who is the savior of all, especially of those who believe.
Meditation on Scripture:
Yesterday I went on a hike. This was not a leisurely trip into nature but an intentional trip with a family who was mourning profoundly. A young man from this family had tragically died recently and they were feeling his absence. A little bit ago I performed the funeral. We rejoiced in his reunion with Christ even when we mourned his physical loss here. They decided to travel to a place in nature he loved as a large group and share some memories there.
As we hiked our blood flowed in our veins and we got a little exercise. When we arrived at the top of the mountain and a few words and prayers were shared, the tears flowed. Yet despite that, the beauty that surrounded us, mixed with the physical exertion of the climb made this trip feel less emotionally challenging than the previous day when we mourned him while sitting down.
The bodies that God has created for us respond to different situations. Some situations lead to greater spiritual strength and some to greater temptation. Sitting in silence before the Lord and setting our intention on prayer and scripture can have a positive effect about helping us connect with God as well. Yet it is not the physical act itself that is good for the soul. It is the devotion to God, which as this scripture says “holds a promise of life both for the present and for the future.” In this way I think as we involved either stillness devotion or moving devotion to God, we recognize that it is not the physical act itself that creates that meaning, rather it is our hearts in need which reach out to the one who created us. As you sit here prioritize the connection to God through devotion over the physical.
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.
Meditation of God and His Glory / Hesychasm:
I invite you to sit in silence feeling being patient for your own faults and trials.
Summarize what insights you have gained during this meditation
and meditate and visualize positive change in your life:
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Final Question: In what ways does your body contribute to or take away from your devotion?
Final Thought: This time of meditation can be a powerful way for you to connect with God and devote your soul to him each day. Yet dont see the posture or stillness as the thing that saves. God has created us, and as such we respond to the pace available in God’s spirit. I invite you to experiment with other bodily positions while communicating with God. Perhaps praying to God while going for a walk in the beauty of nature, perhaps while stretching your body. Our goal is not to find a magical position but to attempt to become more sensitive to hearing the peace he offers.
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