"I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing." John 15:5
The most common reaction to a bewildering event in life is stress, doubt, fear, and negativity. It wreaks havoc on the mind, heart, and also our health. If we don't control how we react to the abrupt situations of life they can break us mentally, spiritually, emotionally, and even physically.
A good part of controlling our mind through life is how we discipline ourselves to think. Most people let go of their mind and allow it to wander. They allow their mind to move along the paths of doubt, fear, and negativity.
In 2011, six doctors from Connecticut, Oregon, and New York discovered that people who indulge in negative self rumination had a diminished chance to live a happy life versus people who had the ability to "unplug" from the negative self talk.
The study revealed that negative thinkers tend to overuse the medial prefrontal and posterior cingulate cortices parts of the brain, while scans of meditators showed these parts of the brain to be less used and in good harmony with the rest of the brain.
Science has undoubtedly demonstrated that we were physically created by God to benefit from meditation. But for a Christian it is not right to engage in any secular practice of meditation. While some practices are as simple as focusing on the breath, which God gifted us with, other meditation techniques can take people down spiritual paths that can lead us away from God.
Christian meditation on the other hand brings us closer to God. It is a way of letting go in God by focusing on His word and presence. The ideal result of Christian meditation is to experience God's eternal peace and to maintain it throughout the day, every day.
As with any discipline it requires steadfast practice and according to doctors this is the how our brain and life becomes optimized for the greatest happiness and health.
In Isaiah 26:3, the word of God states that God keeps in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast on Him, because they trust Him. I wonder how often do we trust in God.
How often do we get into the practice of totally and completely handing ourselves to God through Christ Jesus? More often than not this is how we experience Christian meditation. Letting go of fear, doubt, resentment, jealously, worry, anger, bitterness, and negativity, and instead experiencing restorative thought with God about His eternal love, wisdom, power, forgiveness, redemption, healing, joy, peace, and providence is how we go from negative mental patterns to positive ones.
The Scripture says "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." (John 14:27)
Jesus states "Do not let you hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." This advice was given by Jesus and is virtually identical to letting go of troublesome thought. Instead we are to be at peace with Jesus who delivered peace to us.
In Luke 21:19 we are told that we to be possessed by our peace, or steadfast patience. In other words, no matter what comes our way, we are to remain solidly implanted in Jesus, the source of our peace.
Imagine your life filled with peace from Jesus. One could compare this to a perfectly still pond. The mirror-like surface can represent the tranquility of your soul. If you throw a small pebble into the pond the ripples would move far and wide. This is how it is with some people's lives.
They get into a car accident, the effect ripples through their entire mind and into their life. The get a worrisome diagnosis from the doctor and it becomes the central focus of every waking hour affecting everything they do. They have a relationship that sours, and it affects their demeanor for weeks, even months.
Listen, God never intended us to dragged through the mud, never. God created us in His image and through Christ Jesus we are endowed with the body and blood of the King of kings. Through His body and blood we have His Spirit, His Mind, His Love, His Power, His Understanding, and His Presence.
There's nothing wrong with learning and understanding from a situation, that's called wisdom, but dwelling on something and letting the mind wander in negative ways is the fastest way to fall away from God.
A mind populated with doubtful, fearful, worrisome thought is the surest way to block God from inhabiting our heart, mind, and soul. When God becomes the paramount thought it encourages you, supports, gives vision of what is possible. It energizes you, it gives you hope, and it whispers thought from above. In other words it emboldens you to live a happy life.
It doesn't matter what situation you're in, the Spirit of God in you keeps manifesting in your life the reality of God's mind. If you set your mind up this way you will live a happier life, the science proves it.
By the way, this is how you serve the Lord. In everything we do we must positively reflect God's light. We must be an example of God's love, light, humility, power, and possibility.
In 1 Corinthians 15:58 it states, "Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, as you know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord."
Serve God with a clean heart and mind reflecting God's light, and you will receive the fruit of your labor. God's reward in this life is victory, greater love, understanding, peace, healing, and prosperity in all things, and a deep contemplative life will get you there.
Jesus is the vine and you are the branch. Concentrate, meditate, and contemplate, on the life in Jesus in you. The life of the Father expose you to an inner life of peace. The situations of life cannot ripples in God's peace, it's impossible.
So start in early in the morning. Connect with Jesus, then meditatively experience God's peace in Jesus throughout the day. Listen to Jesus and don't let your mind wander into troubled waters. Stay the course, remain faithful, and God will exalt you.We love you. We're praying for you. God bless you. See you in the kingdom.