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Worship: Encountering God in Christian Meditation

Many people speak today about meditation, where they completely empty their mind and allow whatever is on the outside to come in.  Sometimes they do focus on a specific word or phrase that their teacher (guru) gives them.  I like to meditate, but I do it in a different manner than what is traditionally practiced.  I actually try to focus on something that has to do with the character of God or Christ. Listening Prayer by Leanne Payne, Into Abba's Arms by Sandra Wilson, and Homesick for Eden by Gary Moon are books that help us meditate on God.

Mike Shreve is a Christian who used to be a yoga teacher (guru) and very devout practicer of Kundalini meditation.  He has some interesting books on his website at http://www.thetruelight.net.  Read his testimony of how he came to Christ. It is amazing! (If you enjoyed the movie, "Eat, Pray, Love", you might find his story quite interesting!)

When you first begin to sit and contemplate God in meditative prayer, you can start with 5 minutes at a time.  This whole concept might seem very strange to you, especially if your time with God was primarily academic. Don't get discouraged. Just try a little at a time.  Be happy with any progress you make.  The rewards will be worth your patient perseverance!

Some Ideas Rearding How To Meditate:

In Colossians 3:1-4 it says the following:  "Since then you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.  Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory."  

Who I Am In Christ

Here's are links to two audio files that recite scripture to you. These files are almost identical. These things are TRUE. As you are reframing your view of God in Worship, it is pimportant to reframe your view of yourself. You are a new creation in Christ, meant to live a "transformed" life. Listen to these audio files.

Remember, something isn't true just because you believe it. Rather, it is true because God says it (AND you believe it).

How To Know If It's GOD You Are Hearing:

In Gary Moon's book, Homesick for Eden, which is referenced above, one of his patients asked him the following question:
"I actually believe that God wants to spend time with me and talk with me.  But, when I spend time with Him, how do I know that it is His voice that I am hearing?"

Gary tells her about a pastor (Reverend Peter Lord) who mentioned this at a seminar he attended.  He said the following:

How do you know you are listening to station WGOD, instead of WSIN.
1. Become aware of your emotions after "hearing the communication".
2. If you feel "driven", "guilty" , "anxious", "fearful", or "condemned", the chances are pretty great that you heard from WSIN.
3. If you feel "invited", "peaceful", "calm", "loved", or perhaps "gently convicted", it is more likely that you heard from GOD."

Remember, the Holy Spirit's job, one of many, is to help us gently be convicted of our sin so that we will let God change us from within our hearts.  The Spirit is a counselor.

If God is described as a gentle shepherd (Isaiah 40) in Scripture, why would he start acting like a cattle driver?