A Christian Meditation on Being God’s Child Means No Longer Having to Live in Fear in Romans 8:15-16
This kind of Christian meditation brings the transcendent experience of God into your mind and into your body so that you can literally walk with God throughout your day. And you can keep your body and thoughts from being hijacked by unconscious anxieties and insecurities and stress and tension that causes you to react in fear and self protection rather than to act in the confidence and assurance of God‘s presence in and around you and his love for you and care about every detail in your life.
Description: In previous episodes we’ve been meditating on the very first line in what is called the Lord‘s prayer…Our Father in Heaven…
In Jesus, this is God telling you how to pray. The first words out of your mouth. The first thought in your mind.
Jesus wants you to constantly have an inner confidence that GOD — the I AM — is your Father (the ideal father) and that you are his secure and beloved child.
Romans 8:15-16 (NIV)
The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.
Abba was the Aramaic family term a child would call their father. It’s like daddy. It’s not a verse necessarily trying to get you to call God daddy, he’s trying to get you to feel secure in your always-belonging, always-present relationship with him as your father. You belong to him. You are born of God. You are in his family. You are secure in his committed love for you.
So that you no longer have to live in fear!
Why? You have the Spirit of God IN YOU! Not a spirit of slavery to fear and insecurity and self-protection and anxiety. RATHER, God’s Spirit has guaranteed you are God’s child.
An “Abba Father” kind of child. “That YOU ARE God’s child!”
And the Spirit of God testifies (is telling you now) with your spirit that this is true– You are God‘s child. But you have to listen to the Spirit to hear him.
This is where Christian meditation using your biblically guided imagination can help.
And one of the things we want to do in this meditation is re-integrate this truth and anchor it into our bodies and our mind — our soul.
1 Corinthians 6:19 (NIV)
Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you…?
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