Imagining the One Who Inhabits Eternity Inhabiting You
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.Almost every desire you have and decision you make is activated by your imagination. This is why advertisers give you imagination more than information in their ads — because they know that it’s your imagination that drives your desires and your decisions. This is what it means to be human. We are created in the image of God. And in Genesis one, over and over, we see how God first imagined a reality and then made it so. We are beings of amazing imagination where we can create realities by first imagining.But we also experience unseen realities through our imagination as well. A parent away on a trip can imagine times with their young child, and imagine their faces when joyful or sleeping, and feel and experience the joy and love of that even while away. In the same way we can feel and experience the realities of an unseen God using the biblical images God gives us. When we don’t do that, then we are doing the opposite with our imagination. Using our imagination to see certain things as reality that are not reality. Like that God is not with you and that you are alone in every uncertain or anxious situation. We are using our imagination to see a current or a future narrative as real that’s not real, and it drives our anxieties and fears and our self-protective decisions.So today let’s meditate on…Isaiah 57:15 (ESV)“For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: ‘I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite.’”“High and lifted up“ is a poetic synonym/parallelism to the word “holy.“ Holy means ultimate. The I AM is the most ultimate glory and power and beauty and goodness and love that there is. Holy is often in parallel in the Bible with words like radiant, splendor, glory.The way we live inside the reality of God‘s holiness is by having a contrite and humble spirit. We connect most with the one who inhabits eternity and whose name is Holy when we have a spirit that is humble and a heart that is contrite. Imagine being in the presence of the One who inhabits eternity — the One who has no beginning and no end — the One who is God forever in the past and the One who is God forever in the future. And he says you connect with him in this moment when your spirit is humble and your heart is contrite. So imagine your utter dependence and need of his life giving presence and power and renewal in you — the One who inhabits eternity reviving your body and spirit by his eternal and holy presence inhabiting you.. Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you. Deuteronomy 33:27 (NIV)The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.Psalms 90:2 (NIV)Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the whole world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.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 — the Lord of everything in this universe. Let this reality replace the unreality in your imagination of anxiety and insecurity and anger and tension.Who can you share this podcast with? If you found this episode helpful, consider sharing it on social media or texting it to a friend you think might benefit from it.Follow Dave Cover on Twitter @davecoverFollow A Bigger Life on Twitter @ABiggerLifePodOur audio engineer is Diego Huaman.This podcast is a ministry of The Crossing, a church in Columbia, Missouri, a college town where the flagship campus of the University of Missouri is located.