Sometimes life can been hard, daunting, discouraging. But the flame, the Spirit of God that resides in us keeps us going. It can speak to us, helps us in time of need, encourage us, and even strengthen us.
If you've ever gone through difficulties and really felt the pressure of struggle, this article is for you. Even if you haven't faced adversity this article will help you move through life with power.
There are moments in life when we are truly tested. Times when we are pushed to the edge. When we are at the brink of what seems inevitable, God is doing something fantastic.
David, a young Israelite of times past, was anointed to be King but was told to go and serve in the wilderness with the livestock. He remained faithful and steadfast. He spoke to God, prayed, and worshiped God every day.
Then opportunity knocked in an unlikely battle with a giant. In a matter of minutes David found himself standing victoriously over Goliath's body, while Israel advanced and defeat the enemy. The event propelled David into a position in King Saul's cabinet, where he served.
Despite David's faithful service, King Saul in a fit of rage goes after David. David flees and Saul follows young David. It appeared all of David's hopes and dreams were over. Being pursued by King Saul and small army regiment, David, a single many with no more than his clothes on his back, was faced with thoughts of his own mortality and the end of a bright future.
Undoubtedly, it must have crossed David's mind more than once that current unfolding events were nor congruent to a prophesied future of greatness and victory. The Bible recounts that David never became bitter or angry at either God or Saul. Although stressed and deeply concerned at the thought of Saul frightful action, David remained loyal and true to God.
Then one day, Saul received intelligence of David's location and quickly launches an attack with 3000 soldiers. Saul spearheads the offensive but is unable to locate David. Saul and his men establish an operational base camp from to which to launch more reconnaissance efforts.
As Saul rested comfortably at base camp, David entered undetected and cut off part of His robe. Later that day David makes an appearance at base camp with the robe fragment in his hand. Then he declares that God delivered Saul into his hands but was spared.
Saul is deeply humbled and appreciative of David's gracious spirit and publicly declares that David has a pure heart and names him the next king of Israel.
Whatever God has anointed to do in life no one can take away. You just need to remain faithful to God. Here's the tricky part, often the mind can play tricks on us. Thoughts of the worst, defeat, and worry can and will stress you. Additionally, they block you from hearing God.
Negativity Can Destroy Your Future
Having a negative view, or attitude, in the tough times can have an devastating impact on a future outcome. Studies have shown that negative thought creates changes in the brain. These changes increase the likelihood of mental afflictions such as anxiety, depression, mood changes, and even schizophrenia.
These mental characteristics can cloud the mind and prevent us from making the right choices in life. When we are calm and collective, even in the face of adversity, we are better able to hear God and stay true to our core values, which God appreciates and rewards.
David and Meditation
Meditation is overtly mentioned in the book of Psalms 11 times, indirectly one can say that a form of deep rumination is mentioned 27 times. David was no stranger to the art of meditation. During his early years he spent entire months in the fields with the sheep he tended. Most of his time was spent deeply pondering on God, praying, and worshiping. A life synonymous with Orthodox Christian monks.
So his secret is revealed.
Neuroplasticity In The Bible
Neuroplasticity is the brain's ability to form new neurological connections. Neuroplasticity allows us to adjust to new activities and respond to new situations. Studies have show that high levels of stress, anxiety, and depression impair learning and memory or our neurological connectivity. Our cognitive process is disrupted when we allow distressing events affect us to the core.
As in David's case, we can stress and be concerned about something, but we must always remain faithful in worshiping God, meditating on His word, and praying to Him. During these moments our brain produces alpha brainwaves, a notable feature in children who spend most of the time in alpha.
On a side note, Jesus loved children and even explained that adults should be more like children. Children are known to be pure of heart, creative, playful, and generally close to God.
In a study released April 2015 titled "Functional Role of Frontal Alpha Oscillations in Creativity,” by Flavio Frohlich, PhD, professor of psychiatry, cell biology and physiology, biomedical engineering, and neurology at UNC School of Medicine, noted that alpha brainwaves are closely associated to creativity.
In other words, creativity which is conducive to production of new thought is linked to the quiet time you spend with God. To receive blessings in thought, creativity, and peace we need to spend quiet meditative time with God, like David. Who by the way, was very creative. Navigating through the Bible we know David was extremely creative. He wrote music and poetry (Book of Psalms). As King of Israel and commander of its army, David conquered the unconquerable, overtook armies larger than his, and had God-inspired visions.
David knew the importance of quiet time with God, and so should you. Quiet time restores and heals our mind and body, boosts our creativity, and helps us to hear God. Even a simple transcendental meditation allows the natural healing processes God designed into our body to unfurl. Can you imagine what would happen if you spent time loving God with all your heart, soul, and mind for 20 to 30 minutes day? Would God's grace intensify around you? Would His love manifest more profoundly in your life? Would you feel closer to God? The answer is, yes!
Ready To Succeed?
If you're ready to succeed in life you need daily quiet time with God. Even when life throws you a curve ball or two, you need to close your eyes and just love God with everything you got. Praise God, worship Him, and meditate on His word.
The alpha brainwaves you produce will increase the neuroplasticity in your brain, and your love for God will result more from God in your life. Then you will face tough times with a clear mind, energy, creativity, and guided by God, like David.
Just remember that when life tests us, it is an opportunity that can help us develop into the maturity of Christ. Let us not be tossed to and fro, instead let us faithfully remain on course with God. Don't let go of your Christian meditation practice.
God bless you. We're praying for you. See you in the kingdom.