No matter how you look at Christian meditation it's about developing your mind with God, and a busy, unfocused, or cluttered mind cannot properly commune with God. The Bible is very clear about training the mind. In Romans 12:2 we are told that we should take great strides in becoming mentally transformed by God's ineffable word, not the world.
Additionally, Philippians 4:8 instructs us to keep our mind on lovely, pure, wholesome thoughts. Good advice since thought is at the root of our words and action.
Furthermore, the Bible explains that suffering, or success, we experience is directly related to the quality of our inner being. (Proverbs 4:23) In others words, how we cultivate our inner being has a tremendous impact on our life.
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For this reason Paul writes, "Pray without ceasing" (1 Thessalonians 5:17) A superficial view of this grand precept appears virtually impossible to follow, until you shine the light of modern psychology. There are reams of scientific evidence (US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health. The Unconscious Mind) dating as far back as the 1890's about our unconscious mind, which goes unnoticed most of the time, that it is in fact flexible, complex, controlling, deliberative, and action-oriented. Studies have shown that the counterpart to our conscious mind can be manipulated, encouraged, led, stimulated, and even controlled.
The results produced by intensive psychological study have also demonstrated that the inner recess of our mind constantly, and quietly, murmurs thought everyday of our lives and it's influenced by what it's exposure. Now we can clearly understand Paul's instruction to pray without ceasing. If we influence our mind with God's word, the deep quiet murmuring of the mind will conform to God, and can be looked at as the continual unceasing prayer of the mind.
Now that we've reached the core of our understanding we must address we can improve the wonderful gift God gave us, the mind.
The extraordinary power to control the mind even at the deepest levels relies on subtle messaging that implants thoughts and trigger emotions that cause action. If you don't cultivate a quiet inner life with Jesus your mind and life will be subject to a cacophony of strange voices. Meditation allows for God's genius design of the brain to activate.
God's design is so brilliant, so powerful, and perfect, that it can literally wipe out any and all implanted thought. Quiet stillness (Psalm 46:10) allows the subconscious mind to erupt. Much like an infection of the skin, being still for a few minutes each day lets the brain ooze infectious thought. Once the infection clears, peace ensues, and how wonderful it is.
But this is not a solution that works for everybody. The ardent cry of those who can never gain enough peace through meditation is that the mind never seems to enter a state of tranquility. For them the produces produces a never ending stream of noxious thought which pours out minute by minute, day after day.
Continual practice of a Psalm 46:10 meditation will eventually help, but another key element can transform our quiet time with God, controlling the murmurs of our mind.
This was always a problem, especially for anyone who has never meditated. But now there's a solution. In the past you needed lots of time to endeavor in profound Bible study. This was, and still is, the most effective way to eradicate subliminal toxic thought. Deep study allows the brain to produce Alpha and Theta waves, which is also produced when you meditate. In this state we are more apt to deeply retain God's word affecting deep inner thought. But the effect from God's is much more profound. Learning God's word during a state of meditation increases God's presence in us. (John 14:23)
But this requires time and work. I personally remember dedicating 2 to 8 hours per day for nearly 4 months in my own practice. The average person does not have that much spare time.
So here's a way to help you sort cut the process of reprogramming your mind with God's word. Each one can be meditated on throughout the day. Make a conscious effort in your meditation to mentally absorb the meaning of God's word. Then practice it during the day. This practice will retrain your brain on both the conscious and subconscious levels.
To make it easier for your mind to digest the affirmations they are present in the first person tense. Enjoy!
10 I AM Christian Affirmations
I am the image of Christ.
In Jesus I am pure.
In Jesus I am made perfect.
Jesus is the vine I am the branch.
I am one with Jesus.
I am glorified in Jesus.
I am strengthen in Jesus.
I abide in Jesus, He abides in me.
I am strong in Jesus.
I am healthy in Jesus.
10 Christian Affirmations to a Miracle Driven Life
God gives me shelter, food, good health, and finances abundantly.
God supernaturally provides for me.
1 Kings 17:13-15
I can do miracles with God's power.
God empowers me.
I know God can perform miraculous wonders.
The miracles of God comes from unlikely places.
I'm always open to God's miracles.
I wait for God's miracles with an expectant heart.
With God's presence the unexplained happens.
God's presence overrules everything in my life.
10 Christian Affirmations To A Jesus Powered Life
I was made through Jesus.
Through Jesus I have love, life, and power.
I accept Jesus.
I receive Jesus.
I believe in His name.
I am born of God.
I read God's word and do His will.
I love to do God's will.
Jesus came to serve God and others.
I came to serve God and others.
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