Key One: Sacred Stillness

Our First Key to Truth that Brings Intimacy or Freedom:

Sacred Stillness

This week as we seek to break through to new levels of intimacy, we will expose some lies that hinder us from experiencing all that is available for believers. This first lie is that all meditation is new age or tied to Eastern Religion, therefore believers should avoid meditation. 

We do have many popular forms of meditation that can allure us away from God and into the "universe" or chanting mantras that open doors to other religions. Some forms of meditation are tied to new age movements. Because of these extremes, fear in believers has caused them to build walls keeping the practice of meditation out of their spiritual journey. The enemy of love successfully creates fear around the things he knows brings you intimacy, because from intimacy we find identity. This he truly fears! When we step into identity, his fate is under our feet!

 So we look to see what the scripture says about MEDITATION or what I prefer to call Sacred Stillness:

But those whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. 
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers.

Psalm 1:2-3

Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.
Joshua 1:8

Meditating on the Word brings us fruit in all seasons and makes us prosper. Don't you love that you can bear fruit in every season? Prosperity comes from meditating on the teachings of God.  Scholars have claimed that this is why Jewish people as a whole are so prosperous, because they practice Biblical principals that are aligned to prosperity despite accepting Jesus Christ as Lord. {Meditating on the Word, honoring the Sabbath and First fruits and Tithing are principals that offer prosperity.}

While the Word speaks to the power of meditating on scripture, science also gives us good reason to find a space for this Sacred Stillness. Dr. Caroline Leaf teaches how getting still and meditating on the Word of God can create healthy pathways in our brain. We can physically renew our mind by meditating on the Word of God. Science has also shown that when we imagine or meditate on images that our brains are stimulated just as if we are having a real life experience, and store them as if they are real. If in this meditating we show appreciation for the person or thing we are seeing, we release Oxytocin in our brains. This chemical is necessary for bonding and is often seen in new relationships when appreciation is at an all time high.  This is why we fall in love with what we appreciate. This also contributes to why we get married, and the little things that were once adorable are now annoying, and we begin to feel less bonded than when we were in the "honeymoon" phase. We have lost our appreciation and thus our oxytocin. 

To move closer to the heart of the Father, we need to not only get in His Word, but to get His Word in us. We need what He says to be written on our hearts and embedded in our minds. We also need to bond with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. He desires for us to know Him. This knowing in the Hebrew is Yada, and it not simply a knowledge of someone, but rather an intimate knowing.

Can you see now why the enemy of your heart seeks to keep you from this practice?

Intimacy, identity, fruit and prosperity all flow from Biblical meditation. So lets jump in and align to His Word and allow our fruit to blossom!

For Today take a Psalm perhaps the one that is the year after your age. 
{Jewish families read this Psalm, the Psalm one year over your age, every day for a year.}

Read the scripture several times.
Imagine a part of the Word that speaks to you.
Ask God what He wants to speak to you through this Word.
Invite Jesus into this vision.
Tell Him what you appreciate about Him.

This is a great practice to do at night before you sleep. 

In His Grip,


Rochelle FrazierComment