"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." ~ Matthew 5:16
Ever want to shine like God? Jesus says you should. The problem I see as I encounter people is that their mind gets in the way. Let me explain.
The network of thoughts and memories that make up a person's view of the world and themselves, is what inhibits most people from being extraordinary. If I were able to reach in, take out every thought, replace it with extraordinary thought, and then keep delivering extraordinary Biblical thought in a thousand people the news media would go crazy covering stories about extraordinary people doing extraordinary things.
During interviews these spectacular beings would praise God and glorify His name. War would end, hunger would end, sickness and disease would end, and poverty would vanish. Trust me, nothing would please God more than to see His creation think, speak, and act in His likeness. In fact, the Bible calls believers to be holy as God and to be as one in the Vine of Jesus.
So why is there so much poverty, sickness, and even sin in the body of Christ? It always goes back to the mind. In Matthew 12:33 Jesus says this to His audience, "Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad, for the tree is known by its fruit."
Is it up to God to make the fruit of the tree good or bad. No, Jesus tells His audience that it's up to them to make the tree good or bad. The ability to make our inner being good or bad comes from the gift of free will. God gave us free will so we can employ so we can develop ourselves any way we want.
The status quo is that most people let the world shape them. That's when fears, phobias, shortcomings, lower expectations, more imperfection, and finally submission to world creeps in and kills any hope of the extraordinary.
The fruit most people leave behind is not what they intended when they first started life, it's usually the opposite. Your mind is the most powerful tool God created in you. If you cultivate it and tend to it daily, your mind will flourish. Then God power will dwell in you and your life more prominently and you will prosper. By the way, that's the foundational principle of Psalm 1, here it is:
"Blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful.
But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law does he meditate day and night.
And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he does shall prosper.
The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind drives away.
Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
For the Lord knows the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish."
So how do we live plugged into the Lord like a tree planted by a river of water that constantly nourishes us? Meditation. More specifically meditation over God's word. God's word brings life, light, and power to those who consume it with love and hunger. God's word digested in the mind produces Godly thought in which God can dwell in.
In John 14:23 Jesus states that unless we "keep" God's word in our mind, God's presence will not increase in us.
The ability to develop our being with God is in us, and the gift of freewill opens the door. Now you need to go beyond yourself, the self you think you are. Your true self is stationed with God where everything is not only possible but is a constant reality. (Ephesians 2:6)
Now is the time to break the strongholds of the mind that hold us back, and meditation is the quickest way to first understand what's going on in the mind, and second to cultivate it. Here's 5 Christian Meditations that'll help you do just that. Let's get started.
1. Chanting Christian Meditation
The main reason what some Christians shy away from a mantra chanting meditation is that they are not aware that the first mantra meditation every recorded is described in the book of Genesis. The story is different when they understand the history and the connection to God's YHVH. 15 to 30 minutes chanting God's name is all you need to start knowing God better.
2. Loving-Kindness Christian Meditation
It's not what you think. Most people think of Buddhism when they hear the words loving kindness. God created all people and created the governing rule of love over all before humans were created, and that law is spelled out in the Bible. Love God with all your heart, soul, and mind. And love others as yourself. Secular loving kindness meditation touches the surface of God's command. Christian loving kindness meditation on the other hand opens the door to God's love. This meditation truly transforms a person.
3. Stillness Meditation
Another powerful meditation technique is stillness. In Psalm 46:10 the LORD states, "Be still and know I am God." There are hundreds of scientific studies demonstrating how the body is designed to benefit from just being still for a few minutes. Christians can yield much greater benefits. The Bible states that the faithful can have knowledge of God by simply being still.
4. Concentration Christian Meditation
Jesus stated, "If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home." ~ John 14:23
The word "We" depicts God as On, and the words, "My Father will love him" depicts God's individual countenance over a person's life. Jesus explains that the only requirement to receive God individual power and attention is to "keep" His word. There is only one way to keep God's word through study, concentration, and meditation. Without a focused meditative effort based on God's word it's impossible to retain the Word as the natural thought of the mind.
5. Jesus Mindfulness Meditation
This is by far everyone's favorite, the technique we favor in our meditations, In John 15:5 Jesus states, "I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing." This very clear states that we should be mindful of Jesus as one with us at times.
Although Christian mindfulness dictates that we should relinquish all carnal thought so God's word may occupy our entire being. Jesus mindfulness is a state of being fully aware of Jesus, not our ego self. More of Him means less of us.
Most of practice all 5 Christian meditations. Over the years we have come to the realization that all our connected. Each helps a district part of our spiritual development and knowledge of God. Christian meditation is a way of practicing the Bible more deeply and thoughtfully.
God bless you. We're praying for you. See you in the kingdom.