Can You Imagine Being Held By the Eternal Arms of the Eternal God?
Christian Meditation is a quiet time for you to re-integrate and re-calibrate your mind with your body. And re-integrate and re-calibrate your mind and body with God‘s presence with you and in you. Remember the quote from the apostle Paul in Acts 17:28 – In him you live and move and have your being.If your podcast app is set to skip the silent sections, disable that in your podcast app for this podcast.To begin, lie flat on your back or sit comfortably in a chair. Uncross your legs and arms. And close your eyes if you can. And just take a deep breath and begin to put your mind’s focus on relaxing your body. Christian Meditation is a quiet time for you to re-integrate and re-calibrate your mind with your body. And re-integrate and re-calibrate your body and spirit with God‘s presence with you and in you. The Bible tells us that often Jesus would get up early, while it was still dark, and go off by himself to a solitary place to be alone with God. And if Jesus needed that, so do we.Christian meditation is a kind of solitary place to wake up your body and mind to your own soulishness. To come off the hurry and noise and come back to awareness. To become more aware of a truer reality — the truer reality of God with you and within you and all around you. To remember the quote from the apostle Paul in Acts 17:28 – In him you live and move and have your being.C. S. Lewis, in his masterwork of satire, The Screwtape Letters, has the demons protesting against silence as a great danger to their destructive cause in a Christian’s life. In it, senior demon Screwtape calls the devil’s realm a “Kingdom of Noise” and claims, “We will make the whole universe a noise in the end.” Could that be why we let so much noise run rampant in our lives?This is a quiet time for you to be in a kind of solitary place — alone with your own soul — away from the eyes of others and away from all the other digital distractions and noise. You are alone, and alone with God in this place.Whenever I find a good passage in the Bible that helps me imagine — envision — something real about God’s presence in my life, I try to come back to it a few times in a row so that my brain can sort of wire that vision into my view of reality.So let’s come back to…Deuteronomy 33:27 (NIV)The eternal God is your refuge,and underneath are the everlasting arms.This is all imagination. God doesn’t really have arms. God’s Spirit is giving you a picture to imagine — envision — so you can experience a spiritual reality that is truer than simply the collection of atoms your eyes see of the physical world. So use your biblically guided imagination to envision this reality as true for you right now. The eternal God is your refuge,and underneath are the everlasting arms.The eternal Most High God who is Lord over everything in the universe is your refuge right now in this moment. Underneath your body he is holding you in his eternal arms. Everlasting. Lasting forever. Envision this reality right now as the truest thing in your life.Right now you are connecting with the one who from everlasting past to everlasting future is the God of all reality — the source of all existence — all around you is the miracle of existence — that anything exists at all is a visible miracle from God you can see everywhere every day! That YOU exist at all and have life is a miracle every day from God. The eternal God is your refuge,and underneath are the everlasting arms.Let this reality replace the unreality in your imagination of anxiety and insecurity and anger and tension.This is imaginative language. So much of the Bible gives us imagination more than information. So much of who you want to be and what you want in life is empowered by your imagination. This is why fear and anxiety and insecurity always appeals to your imagination. Temptation to disobey God always appeals to your imagination. In some way you’re imagining a reality without God. Or a reality apart from all that God is for you every day.That’s why most of the time the Bible is giving you imagination more than information. You just have to stop and envision it through meditation.If you really want to live a life experiencing connection with God, God intends for you to use the power of your imagination. Imagining something that’s very real but that you cannot see yet in this Genesis 3 world.The eternal God is your refuge,and underneath are the everlasting arms.God wants you to imagine this. Picture this. Your soul — all of who you are — body and spirit — completely held by God’s eternal arms right now. This is a truer reality you can’t see without seeing it with your imagination.You may not remember the last time you were held in the arms of somebody who could protect you from your fears. Maybe that never happened in your life. But it’s happening now. You just have to see it using your biblically guided imagination. The eternal God holding you in his eternal arms as your eternal refuge from all real threats to your eternal joy and love and safety and flourishing.That’s the image God wants you to have right now with him. Imagine your whole being – your mind and body – clinging to the arms of the eternal God underneath you. The one who is the source of all existence. The giver of all life. Eternal life. The one who inhabits eternity. And the one who always connects with you infinitely and intimately in the present moment. Right now. 100% focused on you.Feel this image — your body held in the eternal arms of the I AM for your eternal refuge from the dangers you see and don’t see. You are being held — body and spirit — by the eternal God who created and sustains everything in this entire universe. The eternal God is your refuge,and underneath are the everlasting arms.He is your truest refuge. Nothing can get to you through his arms of refuge that he doesn’t allow out of his eternal love for YOU. You are held and you are eternally safe in his eternal arms.The eternal God is your refuge,and underneath are the everlasting arms.Right now you are held by the one who from eternal past to eternal future is God — God over all existence and reality — the Lord of everything in this universe for all eternity. Every situation and circumstance in your life. Let this reality replace the unreality in your imagination of anxiety and insecurity and anger and tension. Quietly say to yourself…The eternal God is your refuge,and underneath are the everlasting arms.Imagine the reality of God’s Spirit breathing his life-giving power and love into your body. Giving your heart its every beat. Your life depends upon God at every moment. There is never a moment when every cell in your body is not utterly dependent upon God’s life-giving Spirit. God created your body and loves your body. Feel God’s infinite and intimate love flowing through your whole body. Releasing tension and stress throughout your entire body. Calming your central nervous system. Softening your heart from a place of hardness and tension and insecurity and self protection, into a heart of humble tenderness, security, love, joy, and gratitude.Deuteronomy 33:27 (NIV)The eternal God is your refuge,and underneath are the everlasting arms.Right now your whole being — body and spirit — is held in the eternal arms of the eternal God. He is your refuge right now. He is your life. He is your eternal righteousness. He is your eternal salvation. He is your eternal love. Your eternal security. Your eternal protection.Deuteronomy 33:27 (NIV)The eternal God is your refuge,and underneath are the everlasting arms.Who can you share this podcast with? 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