So this is not a podcast where you can multitask while you listen. I’m not trying to give you new information or things to consider like other podcasts. I love those kinds of podcasts. But in this podcast I’m wanting to give you an experience. I want you to learn to reintegrate your body with your mind’s awareness so that you can notice the “red flag” when you feel tension or anxiety in your body. It’s a red flag that you’re experiencing a vertical disconnect with God. And I want you to experience what a vertical connection feels like through envisioning the unseen reality of God’s presence in this moment and his presence in your body by his Holy Spirit.
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Many Christians don’t have an information problem when it comes to God. They have an imagination problem.
Imagination is always how your life works. This is how we were created — to be people with powerful imaginations that can actually see unseen realities and then create them or experience them.
Anxiety and insecurity always appeals to your imagination. This is what ultimately creates your anxieties. Stress. Worries. Insecurities. Fears. You’re trying to live inside an unreal imagination. But you live inside God’s universe. These hijacked imaginations enter and affect your body in real ways because it causes your life to be incongruent with reality.
But Christian meditation allows us to recalibrate our lives with Reality by giving us powerful images and imaginations of God's word given to us by his Holy Spirit. By learning to use our biblically guided imagination we can experience unseen realities and actually feel these realities into our bodies and into our lives in a way that powerfully shapes our desires and our decisions in life-changing ways.
Notice to the imagination in…
Colossians 3:1, 3-4 (NIV)
“…You have been raised with Christ…3 For you died (remember Paul said I’ve been crucified with Christ), 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.”
Your life — your identity — the real and eternal YOU — has already died and has been risen with Christ and is safe and secure and kept hidden with Christ in God.
Using your biblically-guided imagination, feel these realities into your body right now:
You have died and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.
- You have been raised with Christ.
- Christ is your life.
- You will appear with Christ in glory when he returns and brings Heaven back to Earth.
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