Listen to God

June 13, 2020

If you do not take time for yourself and time away from the world around you, you will get pulled down by the world around you. Meditation is taking time for yourself. This week we are going to talk about “Christian Meditation”. Jesus spent 40 days and 40 nights in the desert, he was spending time meditating, which in reality is “listening to God”. It is very easy to understand that Jesus not only meditated, but taught his disciples that they should be meditating – or listening to God – as well.

Life is not always easy, life is not always in our control.
What we do have control over is how we react to the things that happen. Everyday we are confronted by life challenges. We see bad things happening all over the world. It’s no wonder more and more people feel stressed, depressed, and anxious. The more we learn to trust God and stay present, the more we are able to access God’s peace. Christian meditation can provide peace and comfort regardless of our circumstances. If we point our awareness to God’s goodness through the Scriptures, we will lead a changed life.
Awareness of God’s grace and mercy help us accept our life circumstances. It allows us to have a healthier perspective on life. When we are aware of what God does for us, we learn to become compassionate to ourselves and to others. We must humble ourselves to hear His will.
For some, the benefits of Christian meditation is life-changing. God’s radical love changes people’s lives completely. Yet, Christian meditation will feel di
fferent for everyone. It will even feel different each day. Consistency is the key. Christian meditation can improve the quality of life for people who commit. Remember, “Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.” (Proverbs 16:3).
People who meditate on the Bible regularly report heightened levels of peace. They have serenity over their lives, and accept their external circumstances. They are also more compassionate towards others. They are less stressed, frustrated, or depressed. People who have di
fficulty sleeping say they are able to sleep

better. People who suffer from anxiety report reduced anxiety. People also describe having better relationships in their lives. According to the Scriptures, the “fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, and

faithfulness” (Galatians 5:22). Lean on God in your difficulties, and you will bear His fruit. Have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. The other relationships will follow.

The basis of Christian meditation is to focus on Scripture and praying on how they apply to our lives. We learn to be silent while listening for God’s wisdom. When God speaks to our hearts, something gets stirred up in our hearts. We learn to recognize His voice, and feel peace in His presence.

The link below is meditation for sleep. For me it is night time, time for sleep that is always difficult. I have over the past year been listening to meditations at bedtime. When I truly commit to taking the time every evening to meditate sleep comes more easily, more restful. I wake up more rested, less stressed and less anxious.

Take the time to think about things in your life that could be better. Turn to God, listen to God and meditate on the things that can make your life more meaningful and help you feel more loved and connected to the people around you and to God.

I wish you peace and love

Cheryl Co-Moderator