Updated: Jan 26
"but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect." - 1 Peter 3:15
Just because some things aren’t necessarily wrong, doesn’t mean that they’re right.
A few years ago, a friend of mine and I were having an interesting conversation about meditation. He told me that Jesus was a yogi and challenged me with questions to support his claim.
"What!!!!" I said. "Jesus was not a yogi."
I was very defensive, but I couldn't answer his questions. I’m ashamed to admit that I was unprepared for the conversation.
"Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth."
- 2 Timothy 2:15
The very next morning, the ‘scripture of the day’ in the devotional app that I was using at the time was about meditation. I don't believe in coincidences.
I sensed God convicting me about my lack of knowledge of the Bible, so I spent the entire morning studying the context of the word 'meditate' as it appears in different scriptures.
The goal of biblical meditation is to become detached from the influences of the world and our self-centered ways and become attached to the living God through Christ so we can experience His sufficiency through faith and transformed values.
We grow in our faith by reflecting (meditating) on scripture and allowing God to speak to us through His Word. In non-biblical meditation practices, the focus is on self and how you can look within to transform your life.
If you're a Christian, your focus should always be on God and allowing Him to do the transformation. Lasting change comes from God.
I love culture, diversity, and learning about what other people believe, but as Christians, we must be cautious about the practices we choose to implement into our lives.
Everything that looks good on the outside isn't always good for you and your walk with God.
“Beware of false prophets who come disguised as harmless sheep but are really vicious wolves. You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act. Can you pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? A good tree produces good fruit, and a bad tree produces bad fruit." - Matthew 7:15-17
As you grow closer to God, you will be able to discern good fruit from bad fruit and light from darkness.
When people give you affirmations or words to repeat, pay attention to what you are saying and speaking over your life. Pay attention also to the directions you are receiving and uncomfortable feelings.
Feelings of discomfort can be the Holy Spirit's way of letting you know “maybe this isn't for you,” but feelings alone are often misleading. Make sure you bring your feelings to God in prayer and wait patiently for His confirmation.
I once read that people who work in banks learn to recognize counterfeit bills by studying real ones. They don’t study the counterfeits.
In the same way, we should continually study the Word of God. You don't need to study other spiritual practices to get closer to God or to distinguish what's from Him and what's not.
Study and meditate on the Word, and you'll be just fine ;).
When you truly begin to live for God, you stop asking what's wrong with things and start asking what's right. Bring your questions to God, and let Him direct you to things that bring you closer to Him.
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You were born to do great things. Focus on God.