One of the best selling books on the planet is called “The power of habit” which deals with the strength of discipline in the organization and practice of some habits that provide achieving goals in life as a whole.
There are, however, a number of other disciplines that begin in our inner life and flow through us into our outer life.
By putting spiritual disciplines into practice, we are better able to deal with:
1. Slavery of Ingrained Habits - The natural movements of our life produce mud and mud inside us where willpower is not able to free us from these unhealthy habits that destroy us.
2. Open Door - The need within us for change is God's work, not ours. God gave us spiritual disciplines as a means of receiving his grace.
3. Aim for our good - The disciplines are intended to bring God's abundance into our lives, it is not a law to be followed, but a path to discover something good.
“We are not dealing with the letter, but with the Spirit. It is that the letter of the Law leads to the death of the soul; and the Spirit alone can give life to the soul” - (2.Corinthians 3:6)
Meditation has always remained a central part of Christian devotion, an important preparation for prayer.
“Isaac went out to meditate in the field, in the evening.” (Gen 24:63)
“On my bed, when I remember you, and on you I meditate, in the watch of the night.” (Psalm 63:6)
“My eyes anticipate the night watches, that I may meditate on your words.” (Psalm 119:148)
“Blessed” … “delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.” (Psalm 1:2)
Christian Meditation is not to be confused with Yoga, Oriental Meditation or Transcendental Meditation.
Meditate means: to ponder, reflect, consider. Therefore, Christian meditation involves fullness (completion of something) and not emptiness.
We meditate in order to give the word of God the opportunity to penetrate not only our minds, but our emotions as well.
How to Meditate?
1. The content of your meditation must be the word of God.
2. Consider a quiet, still place to bring to mind a specific passage or verse. (Do not hurry).
3. Consider making use of a contemplative prayer (“Wow how wonderful to know that Jesus… I could never have imagined that… Thank you Jesus for…”)
4. Choose a biblical text to reflect on for a while. (There are several free tools on the internet that can help you)
5. Consider visiting a place that favors a moment of reflection such as the sea, parks, in front of a garden.
6. Seek to contemplate the little things and link that to what you have learned about God. All natural elements have a strong relationship with God because they were created by Him.
Category: Spiritual Disciplines
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