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This is a podcast episode titled, A Christian Meditation on Christ’s Presence in Me and Love for Me from Galatians 2:20. The summary for this episode is: <p>Today we’re going to meditate on what I think is one of the most important and inspiring and life-giving sentences in the entire Bible.</p><p><br></p><p><strong>Galatians 2:20 (NIV)</strong></p><p>I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.</p><p><br></p><p><strong>Tim Keller tweet — 2/22/22</strong></p><p>The things that have captured your imagination…are the things you serve.</p><p><br></p><p>This is always how your life works. Your mind is always imagining certain realities or unrealities – and that imagination is what drives your desires and your decisions and your life. This is why the advertising industry appeals to your imagination more than gives you information. This is how we were created — to be people with powerful imaginations that can actually see unseen realities and then create them or experience them. In Genesis 1, God first imagines and then makes it so. And he created us in his image to be the same way. But sin hijacks and captures our imagination. Your anxieties. Stress. Worries. Insecurities. Fears.&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>Christian meditation allows us to recalibrate our lives with the powerful images and imaginations of God's word given to us by his Holy Spirit. By learning to use our biblically guided imagination we can experience unseen realities and actually feel these realities in our bodies and in our lives in a way that shapes our desires and our decisions in powerful ways. Life-changing ways.</p><p><br></p><p>Let's let this verse capture your imagination so that you can bring God's transcendent presence and love and wonder into your life and explode your life.&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p><strong>Galatians 2:20 (NIV)</strong></p><p>I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.</p><p><br></p><p><em>I have been crucified with Christ</em> — We all wonder when and how we’re going to die. In one sense, we can say we already have died with Jesus on the cross, and now that part is over and we can begin our real life. Dietrich Bonhoeffer —“This is the end. For me the beginning of life.”</p><p><br></p><p>In Paul, this “I” that has been crucified with Christ is the person of bondage to sin and death. The Genesis 3 person with no future or hope. To be <em>crucified with Christ</em> is to be joined with Christ and taken into his death — the death of Genesis 3 — and brought through the other side of death with him into his resurrection. This is all imagination. But it’s real.</p><p><br></p><p><em>I no longer live</em> — The “I” that was separated from God, alone, like Cain a destined wanderer. But now I am no longer alone. No longer on my own. No longer have to justify my existence. That part of my life is over now. Crucified with Christ.</p><p><br></p><p><em>Christ lives in me</em> — the one through whom all things were made (John 1: 3), the one who right now is present 100% on the surface of a moon orbiting a planet orbiting a star in a galaxy 13 billion light years away across the universe is now living in me! I am <em>in Christ</em> and Christ is <em>in me</em>.</p><p><br></p><p>This does not replace “me.” It resurrects me. The source of all existence and the giver of all life — the one from whom “I” come, with all my personality and what makes me “me”, has now forever joined with me again and brought true life to my life. I am now one with my creator! My creator is one with me! I am no longer abandoned, wandering alone in a desert of dust and death and thorns and thistles.</p><p><br></p><p><em>Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body</em> – Christ indwells my body! My body is an eternal part of me. Crucified with Christ but now Christ lives in me and I live in Christ and Christ is always within me and with me!&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p><em>The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God</em> – dependence – togetherness – reliance—calm confidence — trust — rest.</p><p><br></p><p>Why?</p><p><br></p><p><em>Who loved me and gave himself for me</em> — for ME!&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>The historical reality of Jesus’s death on the cross is proof of God’s infinite and intimate forever love for ME.&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>Christ is always IN me and WITH me. I can trust in his constant presence and his love for ME.</p><p><br></p><p><em>Let’s come back to that statement Tim Keller made…</em></p><p><strong>Tim Keller tweet — 2/22/22</strong></p><p>The things that have captured your imagination…are the things you serve.</p><p><br></p><p><strong>Who can you share this podcast with? If you found this episode helpful, consider sharing it on social media or texting it to a friend you think might benefit from it.</strong></p><p><br></p><p>Follow Dave Cover on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/davecover" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">@davecover</a></p><p>Follow A Bigger Life on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/abiggerlifepod" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">@ABiggerLifePod</a></p><p><br></p><p>Our audio engineer is <a href="mailto:diego.huaman@thecrossingchurch.com" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Diego Huaman</a>.</p><p><br></p><p>This podcast is a ministry of <a href="https://www.thecrossingchurch.com" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">The Crossing</a>, a church in Columbia, Missouri, a college town where the flagship campus of the University of Missouri is located. </p>
Body Meditation
12:11 MIN
Bible Meditation: Galatians 2:20
07:00 MIN
End of meditation prayer
02:22 MIN

Dave Cover: This is Christian Meditation for A Bigger Life. I'm Dave Cover. I want to help you with Christian meditation and experience God's presence through biblically guided imagination, where you can draw near to God and get the stress and anxiety out of your mind, out of your heart and out of your body so you can live a bigger life. If your podcast app is set to skip silent sections, disable that now. Today, we're going to meditate on what I think is one of the most important and inspiring life- giving sentences in the entire Bible. But before we do, let's get your body in a good disposition to meditate so that you can better feel God's intimate presence and love for you right now in this moment. Begin by taking in deep breaths in through your nose, into your belly, making your belly rise with each intake. Just use your muscles to make your belly rise at first, just to get used to that feeling. As you take in a deep breath into your belly, making your belly rise with each breath. And then with each exhale, letting your muscles soften and let go of tension a little bit more with each exhale. Taking in deep breath through your nose, into your belly. And then exhaling and relaxing your entire body, letting go, letting your muscles soften with each exhale. Try to let your out breath be a little longer than your in breath. Try to bring your mind's awareness to feeling your entire body, feeling heavier all at once. In other words, you're trying to focus on feeling, the feeling of your body relaxing, feeling your whole body letting go. Letting your muscles soften and feeling your body letting your muscle soften. This feeling is a sensation that you actually can feel. Like when you're cold, you feel that sensation inside your body. This is like that, although you have to focus more on feeling this sensation, the sensation of relaxing your body and feeling your body relax. Kind of like a feedback loop, focus on feeling this sensation of your body relaxing and feeling this sensation in your entire body all at once right now. Remember to continue your slow deep breath as you do. The sensation of feeling your body relax. The more you relax, the more you feel your body relax. Let's focus on relaxing specific parts of your body. Let's begin today by bringing your mind's awareness to your legs, just feeling both of your legs all at once. Your thighs, your knees, your calves. Bring your mind's awareness to relaxing your legs and feeling your legs relax. Taking in deep breaths through your nose, into your belly. And with each exhale, feeling both your legs in their entirety relaxing, letting go, getting heavier, sinking into the surface that you're on. Now, move your attention to your feet, the tops of your feet, your ankles, your heels, the bottoms of your feet, your toes. Feel your feet and toes all at once. Just feeling the mass of your feet becoming heavier. Feel that feeling of your feet becoming heavier. And now feel your legs and feet and toes all at once relaxing and becoming heavier and sink into the surface that you're on. Feeling the mass of your legs and your feet like your mind is inside your body feeling your legs and your feet. Now bring your mind's awareness to your hips and feeling your hips in your pelvic area, letting go of tension, taking in deep breaths into your belly. And as you exhale, letting your pelvic area and your hips let go of tension, feeling the organs inside your pelvic area, your bladder, your intestines, your pelvic floor muscles relaxing. Now bring your awareness to your belly, your gut, your abdomen, letting go of any clenched muscles in your abdomen, feeling your muscles soften, letting go of tension that you hold in your belly and your abdomen, your diaphragm. Now moving your mind's awareness to your chest and just focusing on the entire front of your torso, letting go, letting your muscles soften and feeling the sensation of your muscles becoming heavier. Releasing tension, letting go of stress, breathing into your belly, breathing out relaxation into your chest, your diaphragm, your belly, and now moving your awareness around to your back. And now using your imagination, imagine the organs inside your torso, inside your belly letting go of tension, getting their life from God's spirit who is breathing and speaking life into your body. Your kidneys, your liver, your intestines, your bladder, your heart, your lungs, all the organs inside your body relaxing letting go of tension and stress. Breathing God's spirit of life into your body. Now move your awareness up to your shoulders, letting go of stress on your shoulders. Feeling your shoulders relax. Letting your muscles soften. Now down to your arms, just feeling both your arms and their entirety letting go of tension and stress, becoming heavier, sinking toward the ground. Now into your hands, your fingers. And now just feel your entire torso and your shoulders, your arms and your hands relaxing all at once letting go of stress and tension, breathing in through your belly. Breathing out relaxation into your abdomen, your shoulders, your arms, your hands, your legs, your feet. Now move your mind's awareness to your neck, your throat, your tongue, all the way back into your throat as one big muscle. Just let the tension go on your tongue entirely. Let it completely relax all the way back deep into your throat. Your jaw. Letting your jaw completely soften. Let go of stress and tension. Moving up to your cheeks and your eyes, around your eyes and behind your eyes. Just releasing the muscles behind your eyes, letting your eyes sink deep into their sockets, your eyelids, your forehead, softening the forehead, any tension in your forehead, just soften it completely. And now your scalp, top of your head. In the back of your head. Just using your imagination to let go of all stress and tension in the back of your head, letting it soften. Continuing your slow deep breath. Now bring your mind's awareness back to feeling your entire body all at once becoming heavy, letting go. And feeling the sensation of feeling your body all at once while keeping part of your attention, always on feeling your body. Let me read Galatians two 20. The apostle Paul writes," I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the son of God who loved me and gave himself for me." Tim Keller recently wrote in a tweet," The things that have captured your imagination are the things you serve." This is always how your life works. The things that have captured your imagination are the things that you serve. Your mind is always imagining certain realities or unrealities. And that imagination is what drives your desires and your decisions and your life. This is why the advertising industry appeals to your imagination more than gives you information. This is how we were created to be people with powerful imaginations that can actually see unseen realities and then create them or experience them. In Genesis one, God first imagines and then makes it so. And he created us in his image to be the same way, but sin hijacks and captures our imagination. Your anxieties, stress, worries, insecurities, fears, these are always imagination. This is why Christian meditation is so important. Christian meditation allows us to recalibrate our lives with the powerful images and imaginations of God's word, given to us by his holy spirit. By learning to use your biblically guided imagination, you can experience the unseen realities and actually feel these realities in your body and in your life in a way that shapes your desires, your decisions in powerful ways, life changing ways. Let's let this verse capture your imagination so that you can bring God's transcendent presence and love and wonder into your life and explode your life with wonder right now." I have been crucified with Christ," Paul says," And I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the son of God who loved me and gave himself for me." Continuing your breathing, just imagine this verse and feel this reality into your entire body. All at once right now. I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the son of God who loved me and gave himself for me. Feel this into your body right now. I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the son of God who loved me and gave himself for me. I have been crucified with Christ. We all wonder when and how we're going to die. In one sense, we can say, we have already died with Jesus on the cross. And now that part is over and we can begin our real life. Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who was being executed by Hitler right before his execution is quoted as saying in a letter," This is the end. For me, the beginning of life." In some sense, we can say that now. I've been crucified with Christ. That part is over. Now for me, is the beginning of life. In Paul, this eye that he's talking about that has been crucified with Christ is the person of bondage to sin and death. The Genesis three person with no future or hope to be crucified with Christ is to be joined with Christ and taken into his death. The death that was sentenced in Genesis three and brought through the other side of death with him into his resurrection. This is all imaginative language. It's all imagination, but it's real. Imagine this and feel this reality into your entire body all at once right now. I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. I no longer live the eye that was separated from God alone like Cane, a destined wander. But now I am no longer alone, no longer on my own, no longer have to justify my own existence, that part of my life is over now. Crucified with Christ. I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. Christ lives in me, the one through whom all things were made, the one who right now is present 100% on the surface of a moon orbiting a planet, orbiting a star in a galaxy 13 billion light years away across the universe is now living in me. I am in Christ and Christ is in me. This does not replace me. So when Paul says," I no longer live, but Christ lives in me," it doesn't replace me, it resurrects me. The source of all existence and the giver of all life, the one from whom I come with all my personality and what makes me, me has now forever joined with me, joined with me again and brought true life to my life. I am now one with my creator, my creator is one with me. I am no longer abandoned, wandering alone in a desert of dust and death and thorns and thistles. Imagine this and feel this reality into your entire body right now. I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body Christ indwells my body. Christ lives in my body. My body is an eternal part of me, crucified with Christ, but now Christ lives in me. The resurrected Jesus lives in me and I live in Christ and Christ is always within me and with me. Imagine this, feel this reality right now into your body. Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the son of God. I live by dependence, togetherness, reliance, calm confidence, trust, rest, in the son of God. Why?" The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the son of God," he says," Who loved me and gave himself for me." Who loved me and gave himself for me." For me, the historical reality of Jesus' death on the cross is proof of God's infinite and intimate forever love for me," Paul says. For you, Christ is always in you and with you. You can trust in his constant presence and love for you because he loved you when he gave himself for you. You specifically, you infinitely, you intimately, you forever. Imagine this, feel this reality right now into your body, your entire body all at once. Let's come back to that statement Tim Keller made," The things that have captured your imagination are the things that you serve." Imagine the God of the universe coming for you, loving you so much that he died the death that you deserve and broke through the other side of death and brought you with him and now brings you into his resurrection one day. But even now the resurrected Jesus lives in you, in your body. And the life you live in your body, you live by trust, reliance, togetherness, dependence upon Jesus who loved you because he gave himself for you. For you. This imagination, let this capture your imagination so that you can live for him, the forever God. The forever God is your God forever. Feel this into your body, his love for you, his infinite and intimate love for you. His constant presence in you and around you at all times, you are with Christ. Christ is always in you. This is your confidence, this is your power, this is your life. This is the wonder and enchantment of your life, the anticipation of your life, the future, the hope, the forever God is your God forever. Let's pray. Dear God, I thank you for this reality, an unseen reality that I can imagine right now, because it's true. I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me with me. I'm no longer on my own, I'm no longer abandoned, I'm no longer a wandering nomad in the desert of dust and thorns and thistles and death. That part is over. I've been crucified with Christ and brought to the other side of death with Christ. And the life I now live in my body, I live by trust in you. Because you loved me and gave yourself for me, for me, for me, eternally committed to me, infinitely committed to me, intimately in love with me, living in me, always with me, always loving me. And so I trust, I rest, I am confident. Your love replaces anxiety in my life. My trust and your presence replaces stress, fear, insecurity, self protection, anxiety. Replaced by my trust and calm confidence in your presence in me, always with me and your love for me, that is forever. And I rest in this truth and imagine it into my body and feel it into my body right now in Jesus' name. Amen. If you found this podcast helpful, please subscribe. So you'll be sure to receive our next episode each Tuesday and Thursday morning. Our audio engineer is Diego inaudible. Thanks for listening to Christian Meditation for A Bigger Life.

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Today we’re going to meditate on what I think is one of the most important and inspiring and life-giving sentences in the entire Bible.

Galatians 2:20 (NIV)

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Tim Keller tweet — 2/22/22

The things that have captured your imagination…are the things you serve.

This is always how your life works. Your mind is always imagining certain realities or unrealities – and that imagination is what drives your desires and your decisions and your life. This is why the advertising industry appeals to your imagination more than gives you information. This is how we were created — to be people with powerful imaginations that can actually see unseen realities and then create them or experience them. In Genesis 1, God first imagines and then makes it so. And he created us in his image to be the same way. But sin hijacks and captures our imagination. Your anxieties. Stress. Worries. Insecurities. Fears. 

Christian meditation allows us to recalibrate our lives with the powerful images and imaginations of God's word given to us by his Holy Spirit. By learning to use our biblically guided imagination we can experience unseen realities and actually feel these realities in our bodies and in our lives in a way that shapes our desires and our decisions in powerful ways. Life-changing ways.

Let's let this verse capture your imagination so that you can bring God's transcendent presence and love and wonder into your life and explode your life. 

Galatians 2:20 (NIV)

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

I have been crucified with Christ — We all wonder when and how we’re going to die. In one sense, we can say we already have died with Jesus on the cross, and now that part is over and we can begin our real life. Dietrich Bonhoeffer —“This is the end. For me the beginning of life.”

In Paul, this “I” that has been crucified with Christ is the person of bondage to sin and death. The Genesis 3 person with no future or hope. To be crucified with Christ is to be joined with Christ and taken into his death — the death of Genesis 3 — and brought through the other side of death with him into his resurrection. This is all imagination. But it’s real.

I no longer live — The “I” that was separated from God, alone, like Cain a destined wanderer. But now I am no longer alone. No longer on my own. No longer have to justify my existence. That part of my life is over now. Crucified with Christ.

Christ lives in me — the one through whom all things were made (John 1: 3), the one who right now is present 100% on the surface of a moon orbiting a planet orbiting a star in a galaxy 13 billion light years away across the universe is now living in me! I am in Christ and Christ is in me.

This does not replace “me.” It resurrects me. The source of all existence and the giver of all life — the one from whom “I” come, with all my personality and what makes me “me”, has now forever joined with me again and brought true life to my life. I am now one with my creator! My creator is one with me! I am no longer abandoned, wandering alone in a desert of dust and death and thorns and thistles.

Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body – Christ indwells my body! My body is an eternal part of me. Crucified with Christ but now Christ lives in me and I live in Christ and Christ is always within me and with me! 

The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God – dependence – togetherness – reliance—calm confidence — trust — rest.

Why?

Who loved me and gave himself for me — for ME! 

The historical reality of Jesus’s death on the cross is proof of God’s infinite and intimate forever love for ME. 

Christ is always IN me and WITH me. I can trust in his constant presence and his love for ME.

Let’s come back to that statement Tim Keller made…

Tim Keller tweet — 2/22/22

The things that have captured your imagination…are the things you serve.

Who can you share this podcast with? If you found this episode helpful, consider sharing it on social media or texting it to a friend you think might benefit from it.