Meditation for Christians Within Godly Parameters/A Spiritual Tool

When most think of meditation, they picture people sitting cross legged and chanting some sort of mantra. They think of emptying the mind to “reach a higher plane of consciousness”. Christian meditation is different. Instead of emptying the mind or chanting a mantra, we are exhorted to purposefully focus on filling our minds with thoughts that pertain to a Godly subject.

For example, the Apostle Paul exhorts us to think on things that are lovely, pure, etc as found in Philippians 4:8. This serves to help us focus off spiritually harmful thoughts like sin and discouragement and onto spiritually productive and positive ones.

Philippians 4:8
New King James Version (NKJV)
Meditate on These Things

8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.

Christian meditation also helps us to explore scripture by deeply delving into what it says. An example of this is looking at Micah 6:8 and expanding on how we can be and do the things God requires of us.

Micah 6:8
New King James Version (NKJV)

8 He has shown you, O man, what is good;
And what does the Lord require of you
But to do justly,
To love mercy,
And to walk humbly with your God?

Christian meditation can serve to encourage us when life gets tough. Thinking about Romans 8:28 and how God has worked all things for our good in the past helps us to look forward to see how He will do so in the present and future.

Romans 8:28
New King James Version (NKJV)

28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

How much time you can give to Christian meditation depends on your choice or schedule. Pastor G and I know it’s a valuable spiritual tool that will not only help keep you on track spiritually but to grow in your relationship and walk with God.

One more thing: Christians should not participate in meditation outside of Godly parameters. It’s spiritually self-protective not to do so, since scripture shows many instances of negative spiritual influence when the mind is emptied and unprotected. Focusing on God and His way of life and love using Christian meditation is useful in resisting the devil so that he will indeed flee from you.

Blessings on your spiritual walk with God.

copyright 2013, Pastors George and Sharon Billington, All Rights Reserved

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