Jun 26, 2022
450 Draw Your Strength From the Lord, A Guided Christian Meditation on Ephesians 6:10-13 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 connecting with God. Let your stomach be a balloon inflate, deflate.
Bible verses for Meditation:
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.
10 Finally, draw your strength from the Lord and from his mighty power. 11 Put on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the tactics of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens. 13 Therefore, put on the armor of God, that you may be able to resist on the evil day and, having done everything, to hold your ground.
Much of the focus of this podcast is focused on feeling the peace and calm of the Lord. We feel stresses in life, we feel overwhelmed at times and calming those stresses is important and I believe is a gift from God. Another aspect of overcoming the difficulties of life is by strengthening us. We do not need to clear all difficulties in life in order for us to rise up to life. We can draw our strength from the Lord. God has supreme power. He offers us His armor. As we learn to draw on His strength, we put on His armor. Imagine now that God’s armor covers your heart, your mind, and your value. Spend a moment with the idea of God’s armor covering you.
Weakness is not something we need to entertain. Christ taught us to be meek. In the original languages that had more of a meaning that we bridle our ferocity. We intentionally move toward acting the way God would choose for us, not because we are weak, but because we do not fear the world. We trust in His armor and are not attacked by the empty threats of what the world can do to us. The world cannot control our value, or our eternal destiny. God’s armor can shield us from this. It can shield us from the weakness and sin of this world. This is one version of God’s strength. His strength allows us to live out our purpose.
I think this is an incredibly valuable thing to embrace. We do not need to embrace weakness in order to be true followers of Christ, quite the opposite. We embrace strength. We embrace an ability to do hard things. We embrace overcoming the world. This is all done through Him. This is the grace of God playing out in our life.
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 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: What role does the Word have in your life?
This week I performed a funeral for a family from Africa. The amount of family that was physically present was not that large but there were many friends who were just as close as family in some ways and their presence and comfort was amazing.
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