Life is filled with work, children, obligations, health, diet, finances, relationships, entertainment, social media, and everything else. Modern life is abundantly cluttered with so many things that it's rare we encounter a peaceful moment with the Lord. Not just a quiet moment, but a moment that reveals His presence. A moment that causes you to bow down and worship God. A moment when you can feel God's love in reverence.
The major blame for the barrier is that our remarkably busy lives affect our ability to peacefully and mindfully commune with God, and it's making us sick. According to a study published by the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, stress is a leading culprit to sickness and disease. The study shows that if stress is not properly managed will negatively impact our immune system and other breakdown bodily functions.
Here's what Jesus says about the mind and how it affects the body. In Mark 7:15 Jesus states, "there is nothing outside the man which can defile him if it goes into him; but the things which proceed out of the man are what defile the man."
Undoubtedly, scientists missed this important verse when studying how the mind affects the body. If a man, or woman, is inwardly stressed the body will become defiled, or corrupted. In other words, a lifestyle filled with worldly affairs will affect how we think and speak, eventually breaking down our body.
Here's a list of 15 things which, if you give up will start to make your life much more pleasant and happier.
Letting go of the following things as you meditate your way through life with Jesus will help you have a deeper love and understanding of God. Ready? Here we go:
Give up your need to always be right, or noticed! You don't always have to be right or the center of attention. Always keep in mind that all human beings are imperfect, and that humility is the way of perfection with God. Can’t stand the idea of being wrong? Keep Matthew 23:12 close to your heart whenever you feel like you want attention or have the need to fight over who's right, "For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and whoever shall humble himself will be exalted."
The be loving and kind. (Matthew 5:44)
2. Let Go Of Control
Isaiah 26:3 states, "You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you." Want a more peaceful life, let go! Be willing to give up your need to always control everything. Stress comes to those who cannot control. The reality is that very few things around can truly be controlled.
The one thing that can be truly controlled is your inner being. God gave you dominion over yourself. You have the power to mentally let go of the world and place yourself in God's power. Practice this technique and your heart, soul, and mind will become more reverent toward God, and reverence, or fear of the Lord, is the beginning of wisdom.
3. Let Go Of Blame
I know it's easy to point the finger at someone, especially when you don't like them, but think about the implication. Following this course of action would not qualify us to an identity in Christ Jesus.
Jesus calls us to love even our enemies, and more specifically in 1 Peter 4:8 we are told that, "Above all, love one another deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins."
By covering a person's sin with love we humble ourselves to God's power.
4. Defeatist Self-Talk
Like it or not, you mind produces 12,000 to as much 70,000 thoughts per day, most of it is noticed produced by the subconscious mind. Depending on how positive, or negative, your "self talk" is, the outcome of your life will be affected by the activity.
Psalm 1:2 it's stated, "but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night."
The word meditate from the original Hebrew means to murmur, utter, moan, muse, or to meditate. It comes from a Hebrew root word that means to whisper, muse, or meditate. In modern English it means that thoughts, or ideas, have been pondered long enough that they become the musings of the subconscious, or the constant self talk of the mind.
5. Give Up Limiting Beliefs
Proverbs 4:23 advises to guard your mind because from it will spring the issues of life. If you want to live a happier healthier more successful life, you need to give up every thought that nullifies the truth that you are created in God's image and saved by Jesus. Seriously, what more could you ask for, unlimited power and eternal life!
You need to be diligent about what thoughts reside in your mind. luck out the weeds and plant the seed of God's word.
6. Stop Complaining
Everybody goes through many, many things, events, and situations, that make us unhappy, sad, and even depressed. Some people recover quickly and become more elevated in mind and live, while others falter more and quickly descend into an abyss. One path leads to strength and life, the other overtakes with ruin, and complaining is at the center of the downward spiral, but patient endurance develops toughness an character.
This is how it's described in the Bible:
"Better a patient person than a warrior, one with self-control than one who takes a city." ~ Proverbs 16:32
The person who can control their thoughts, emotions, and speech become more powerful and conquer more in life than can't.
7. Stop Criticizing
Nothing can be more debilitating than criticizing others, it demoralizes people and you. On a spiritual level it bleeds our spirit dry and vanquishes life form the soul. Life giving words on the other hand, breeds a culture of life. Here's how Jesus put it:
“Don't judge others, and God will not judge you. If you judge others, you will be judged the same way you judge." ~ Matthew 7:1-2
Put another way...
"Do to others as you would have them do to you." ~ Luke 6:31
If you want life, support, consideration, kindness, patience, understanding, and forgiveness then be the fits one to give.
8. Stop Trying To Impress Others
Stop trying so hard to be something that you’re not. It is not healthy to keep the appearance of something you're not. The Bible teaches the following about being something you're not.
"There is one who makes himself rich, yet has nothing; And one who makes himself poor, yet has great riches" ~ Proverbs 13:7
Pretending to be something you are not a subtle lie that affects the heart, soul, and mind. Don't go down that path. Take off all the mask and just be yourself. Then you will find effortless peace and true riches.
9. Give Up Resisting Change
The world changes, period. Change is good. Change can improve life, allows us to grow, while benefiting in many ways. Additionally, adopting change keep our mind flexible, alert, and creative. It's okay to embrace change as long as you hold on to the One who never changes - God.
"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever." ~ Hebrews 13:8
10. Give Up Hatred
Not only should we love our enemies, and do unto others as we like others to do toward others, but we should not produce grudge or hatred. Hatred is so toxic and spiritually dark it can negatively affect the health of your heart and immune system.
When it comes to Christian meditation love reigns supreme. God is love and in God there is no darkness. Forgive, do good, and love.
11. Give Up Your Fears
You were created in the image of God. In God there is no fear therefore there is no fear in you, especially though the Holy Spirit. Many fears are rooted in the mind. God's word states, "For God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and of a sound mind." ~ 2 Timothy 1:7
The truth is you will live eternally and God's eternal powers dwell in you, period. Live with love and understanding in your heart and move forward. God created you, saved you, and He will support you.
12. Give Up Excuses
Just do it! Need something to change in your life, just do it. Prayer is great, but incredible change happens when we take the first step in faith, then, another, and another. Before you can whistle Dixie the change you looked for will not only be a reality but a new reality will open.
Take your excuses send them packing. Tell them they’re fired! You no longer need them. Today there is a new you which dwells in the Son of God, through whom all things are possible.
Even Jesus didn't like excuses. Remember this verse:
And He said to another, "Follow Me." But he said, "Lord, permit me first to go and bury my father." But He said to him, "Allow the dead to bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim everywhere the kingdom of God." Another also said, "I will follow You, Lord; but first permit me to say good-bye to those at home." ~ Luke 9:59-62
God likes decisive action and determination. You are born of God (John 1), act like it.
13 Give Up The Past
Did I touch a nerve? Giving up the past can be difficult for some, especially when the past is riddled with sin, but is clear about letting go the past and moving forward.
"If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness." ~ 1 John 1:9
Once we confess God forgives and restores us, so you have nothing to hold on.
"Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus." ~ Philippians 3:13-14
Once you are forgiven you need to press forward. The past is just that, the past. You need live in the present while keeping your eyes on God.
14. Give Up Your Attachment To The World
The Bible describes that our sole satisfaction comes from God, not the world. Even Jesus when tested in the wilderness for 40 days denounced any attachment to the world. We need to follow Jesus.
Mentally, spiritually, and emotionally denouncing the world frees us to live more with God. It is how we truly live.
"Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for My sake will find it." ~ Matthew 16:25
15. Giving Up Your Life For God
"And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My name’s sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first." ~ Matthew 19:29-30
This verse instructs us to comply only to God. We cannot live up to third party expectations, attachments, or what others may think. To many people in the dual drums of pleasing others. You cannot have to masters.
If you live to please others and not God, you will miss His quiet voice that speaks in the stillness of worship. Eyes and ears open when our attention is on God, not others. Then you can follow your dreams and accomplish many things in God's will.
You have one life. You have to live it to please God, no one else. Then you will soar like the eagles and boundaries will become horizons.
If you want to learn more about Christian meditation here's our link to the 7 Day Class.
God bless you. We're praying for you.
See you in the kingdom.