What is Christian Meditation?
In the simplest terms, Christian Meditation is “Being with God.” It is dwelling in his presence and meditating on his glory, his character, and his Word. It is abiding with Christ for the mere pleasure of being with him.
That sounds simple enough, right? But many things gets in the way of us just being with God. With our busy and hurried schedules it is often difficult to put aside time to give God any uninterrupted time in our day. When asked, many believers would say that an intimate relationship with Christ is first and foremost, yet how many of those same Christians actually spend time getting more acquainted with God in a personal way?
Fellowship with the saints, attending church, and serving the Lord are all necessary, but none of these can take precedent over worshiping our Savior in Spirit and in Truth. The Bibles says that these are the types of worshipers that He seeks.
Although Christian meditation is a great tool for restoring peace of mind, promoting inner healing, and eliminating stress, it can also strength our relationship with God as we present our bodies as living sacrifices and surrender our will for his plans.
In one of my favorite books, The Imitation of Christ by Thomas Kempis, in Chapter 8 under The Voice of Christ it reads:
As I offered Myself wiling to God the Father for your sins with hands outstretched and body naked on the cross, so that nothing remained in Me that had not become a complete sacrifice to appease the divine wrath, so ought you to be willing to offer yourself to Me day by day in…as a pure and holy oblation, together with all your faculties and affections, with as much inward devotion as you can.
What more do I ask than that you give yourself entirely to Me? I care not for anything else you may give Me, for I seek not your gift but you. Just as it would not be enough for you to have everything if you did not have Me, so whatever you give cannot please Me you don not give yourself. Hence, if you desire to attain grace and freedom of heart, let the free offering of yourself into the hands of God precede your every action. This is why so few are inwardly free and enlightened – they know not how to renounce themselves entirely…If therefore, you wish to be my disciple, offer yourself to Me with all your heart.
Though Christian Meditation, we become One with Christ, just at Jesus said, “I and my Father are One.”
Becoming a Living Sacrifice to God
Many Christians have a head relationship with Father God but He’s yet to really get in their heart. Even the Most High said, “These people honor me with their lips but their heart is far from me.” (Matthew 15:8) Our walk with Yeshua (Jesus Hebrew Name) should be a mind, body, and soul experience. Just as Daniel knelt 3 times per day and prayed to the Father putting his whole self into worshiping Yah, we too must become living sacrifices to the Messiah, bring our whole being unto Him, as empty vessels that He can abide in and use. Yeshua said, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.” (John 14:23) Yah living in us is only as possible if we surrender to Him and create time and space for him to occupy us and our lives.
Through the art of Christian Meditation, we surrender our whole being unto God by entering into his presence and bringing our mind and body under subjection to Christ. Through quieting the mind, meditating on Yah’s Word, and abiding in His Presence, we consecrate ourselves unto God and away from the world, it’s distractions and worldly attachments and affections. Each time we enter into God’s Secret Place, we allow his transforming presence to change us inwardly where we discover the deeper things of God, a world within a world, that many never dig deep enough to find. Jeremiah 29:13 declares, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Are you seeking Yah with all your heart? If not, would you like too? The first step is to sit at His feet and learn of Him. If you’re not sure how to do this, make sure you download my Christian Meditation Quick Start Guide . You can sign up for it in the sidebar.
In today’s fast-paced, increasingly secular society, it’s harder than ever to be a Christ-like—not just to attend church and read His Word, but to truly live surrendered to Lord. We cannot truly grow spiritually or fulfill the great commission if our minds are constantly filled with distractions and mindless chatter. Because of this, it has become easier and easier for satan to weaken our lines of communication with God. Our souls always long for God, but as the world grows louder, our faith and our need for our Savior are drowned out by all the noise. We are tired, we are busy, we are distracted, and so many of us desperately need help to relearn how to receive and abide His Presence. But, as with so many things, the answer lies within our innate connection to Him. And the key to that door is dwelling in God’s presence or Christian meditation.
“On the glorious splendor of Your majesty And on Your wonderful works, I will meditate.” – Psalms 145:5
Is Christian Meditation Even Christian?
But maybe you are wary of meditation. Many Christians today view meditation as a new-age or pagan phenomenon, closely related to witchcraft, secularism and anti-Christian, but these beliefs are false. Meditation, like the written word, is a tool that can be used by any person for any purpose, and one of its most divine purposes is to strengthen and clarify your relationship with the Lord. The Bible even uses the word “meditate” many times, each time encouraging us to pray and reflect upon the glory of the Lord.
“Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”- Joshua 1:8
When Christians run from the idea of meditation in fear that it will leave them vulnerable to satan or to other evil spirits, they forget what meditation really is in the simplest terms. To meditate is to devote the entirety of your being to one thought, feeling or idea. Any time you find yourself focusing wholly on one thought (whether you’re trying to solve a problem or simply ruminating on how angry you are with another person), you are, in fact, practicing a form of meditation!
Since we meditate every day, whether we intend to or not, it follows that Christian meditation would be a natural, accessible way for us to achieve our spiritual and emotional goals. What opens you up to evil is unbridled meditation—that is, a sense of focus and obsession that operates outside of your control. When you fail to direct your whole being to hearing and receiving from the Lord, it becomes easy to obsess over the darker, harmful emotional impulses that the world around us can so easily encourage.
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