There's no doubt that God led you to this article. Maybe you feel a little tense, maybe you feel a little uncomfortable around people, maybe it's something you're doing and you know it's wrong, or maybe you have a sense that life can be better.
Above all I want you to know that every morning between 4 AM and 6 AM we're praying for you. Spiritual power can go a long way at helping you in the world. Life can have many twists and turns and our spiritual edification is how we can face them every day with God's steadfast power in Christ.
Without God's eternal love over us we would not be able to experience the Lord's goodness. God's love over provides restoration, healing, peace of heart, tranquility, good behavior, and clarity of mind. God's love and grace conquers all things and moves many things out of the way that may otherwise hinder us.
But how does one walk on the peaceful path with God's active power? To dwell in Jesus means to dwell in God. Abiding in Jesus means the branch and the vine share the same life, and are one Spirit. You're probably beginning to understand that deep unity in Christ is the only answer and meditation can help.
Here at Christ Audio we love science, and because we pour through thousands of documents every year, we have a pretty good idea what an expert might ask you if you were in a lab.
Here's a quick quiz you can take to see if you need meditation in your life.
1. Do you have trouble being still?
Can you sit still? Can you listen to someone without saying something? Do you have trouble letting the moments of life be? Do you always need noise, like the sound of a television? Can you watch life develop around you? Do you feel like you always need to be busy?
Psalm 46:16 describes the knowledge of God through stillness. A hurried mind and heart are not acceptable meditations to the Lord. (Psalm 19:14)
2. Do you feel at ease around people?
Do feel nervous around people? Do you feel like you always need to be speaking, or maybe showing off? Do you feel like you need to be the center of attention? Do feel tension, or anxiety when you're around people? Christ genuineness is developed when we die to Christ. The death of the ego in Christ is life resurrected in Christ. (Philippians 1:21)
3. Does your mind produce a lot of thought?
If you pause for a few minutes do you find that your mind is racing? Are you able to control it? Do you find it difficult to focus, or retain information? Is it hard to grasp concepts? Lots of thought is not productive. A calm focused thought mind is.
4. Do you feel like there's more to life?
When you're around people do you feel like there's more to a conversation and you missed the point? Do you feel empty overall? Do you feel like you could experience more? Studies have shown that people who practice simple meditation techniques develop greater cognitive abilities which enriches life with better understanding. In John 14:23 Jesus states that any who "keeps" God's word as the thought of the mind the will be filled with God's presence. Christian meditation regenerates your brain while feeding you more of God's presence.
5. Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed by life?
Do you worry a lot? Do you feel impatient? Do you get frustrated? Do you easily get angry? High emotional roller coaster rides make any problem worst. Letting your emotions get the best of you is the same as letting the situation get the best of you. Our core being should reside with God permanently where love, knowledge, and peace are the norm. It's from God where we get our deep and most beneficial peace. (Matthew 6:33, Psalm 46:10)
6. Are you sometimes forgetful?
Forgetfulness can be a sign of a cluttered mind and thinning brain tissue. Meditation helps decluttered the mind and produce more gray matter!
7. Do you feel like you need to get closer to God?
Psalm 46:10 states that knowing God comes from being still. Practicing stillness of heart, soul, and mind can be a lifelong quest. Nonetheless, scripture tells us that the noise of the inner man is a barrier to knowing God. If you haven't stilled your inner being for a while, chances are you're hungering for God.
8. Do you feel like you could use more love in your life?
Most people don't understand loving kindness Christian meditation mainly because the concept was hijacked by the secular world and stripped of it's central theme that God is love and when we embody love we embody God. The greatest command in the Bible is to love God, and the second is to love others as ourselves. Jesus goes further and says we must love even our enemies. Amazingly, science studied the effects of loving-kindness meditation, the Christian counterpart, and found that it produces a myriad of health benefits. Imagine what would happen if God's commandments were followed.
9. Do you feel like you can be better?
As time progresses human genetic activity changes, and those changes can makes feel better or not. Genetic activity affects how we think, feel, and act. Meditation is now the focal point of genetic study. It's been shown that our genetics improve during meditation. What does God's word say about this? In Proverbs 4:22 scripture states that whoever "keeps", or meditates on God's word as the thought of the mind, they will experience "health in the flesh". And in John: 14:23 states that anyone who "keeps" His word will experience an increase in God's presence. It's logical to think that our body and life will change if God's presence increases in us. Science may be 3,800 years late on this one, but God's wisdom still prevails.
10. Do you wish you were more self-controlled?
The Bible is full of self-control verses, and rightly so. An undisciplined mind wanders, indulges, deceives, and distracts. Most activity in the brain can lead to sin in one form or another. God is not in the mind. God is beyond the mind. For God to be more in us, we must be less, at least for a few minutes. (John 3:30) This happens every time we open the Bible to deeply concentrate on God's word. During this activity our mind slowly gives up power while gradually becoming submissive to God's word. This state can be further enhanced with intermittent mini meditations and breathing techniques. As God increasingly enters us this way (John 14:23) your mind becomes more cultivated and disciplined letting you experience the power and control you inherently know is there.
If you answered "yes" to two or more of the these questions, you're probably a good candidate for Christian meditation. If you answered "yes" to 5 or more question you need to slow down! Seriously, you need time each day, preferably in the morning, to sit still, quiet the mind, and just be with God for a few minutes. Love God, praise God, and thank God every day during your devotional time.
Consider changing your diet. Get of the coffee, processed foods, high fat foods, and consider taking up a more wholesome diet that integrates more fresh fruits and veggies.
Remember we're praying for you everyday, so you're not alone on your journey to knowing God better. Post your comments below. God bless you, see you in the kingdom.