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This  is a word from Pastor Timothy Burdick, Minister of Abilities for Friday Study Ministries:

Christian Meditation Part II

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world: but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” (Romans 12:1-2)

As we said in Part I of this two-part series, Christian Meditation is all about filling your mind with God’s Word, whereas the “Eastern” form of “meditation” talks about emptying the mind in search of peace. This so-called “peace” that advocates of Eastern meditation experience is not real peace at all, for it only seeks to free one from the pressures of life, rather than teaching people how to find God and let HIM deal with our problems. Eastern meditation only is a deliverance from anxiety of the moment, within serene circumstances, whereas meditating on God’s Word will bring you to Christ, who will heal your fear – forever.

The Bible helps believers face the inevitable pressures of life, bringing peace in the midst of life’s storms. Whatever you are going through, God wants you to find this lasting peace through meditating on His Word, the Bible. That is one reason the apostle Paul said these words in Romans 12:1-2 - “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world: but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

As alluded to above, the world is filled with anxiety and heartache. There is a tremendous power in conformity, and like a lump of clay, the world would like to shape and mentally conform us as Christians into whatever the fashion dictates at the moment. But the world’s ungodly system will only lead us into anxiety, whereas God leads us into peace; if we will allow His work to be done in us.

Paul says we can choose to do this and strive for lasting peace, by constantly renewing our minds through continually filling them with God’s Word, and letting ourselves be shaped and molded according to God’s design. For while there will always be trouble in life, Jesus wants to walk through the dark times with you. God is a good and loving Father, who intends that you will experience His "good and acceptable and perfect will" for your life.

Whatever challenge you are facing, focus on what God has to say about it. Any time that you feel anxiety coming on, cling to what He has said. While I am not promising an easy life, Jesus does promise you a peace that is lasting, and we learn about Him that He “will never leave or forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5).

Thank you for reading this,
Pastor Timothy Burdick
Contact: Pastor Timothy Howard Burdick

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