A Christian Meditation on Experiencing Your Whole Being as God’s Will from Revelation 4:11

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This is a podcast episode titled, A Christian Meditation on Experiencing Your Whole Being as God’s Will from Revelation 4:11. The summary for this episode is: <p>God gives us the power of imagination to affect the reality of our lives – including the physical reality of our body. This kind of Christian meditation brings the transcendent experience of God into your mind and into your body so that you can replace anxiety, insecurity, stress and tension with the better and truer imagination of God’s infinite and intimate presence and love for YOU.</p><p><br></p><p><strong>If your podcast app is set to skip the silent sections, disable that for this podcast.</strong></p><p><br></p><p>Relaxed diaphragmatic breathing uses your diaphragm and stomach muscles. When you belly breathe, you train your breath to go lower and slower. This increases your blood oxygen level, improves circulation to facilitate healing, lowers stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline, turns off your SNS to calm your body, and helps reduce pain volume if you deal with chronic pain.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Throughout your day you can check which type of breathing you’re doing—stressed versus relaxed—and catch yourself when your breathing gets stressed and shallow in your chest. The moment you notice that you’re chest breathing is the moment you can do a very quick short meditation to change your physiology, shut off your SNS stress response, and lower your anxiety dial by breathing lower and slower instead.</p><p><br></p><p>Your body is always <em>responding</em> to what your mind is <em>imagining</em> one way or the other. Like I said in the last episode about warming my hands by simply using my imagination. I was imagining holding my hands over a hot campfire. Then a few minutes later the temperature thermometer in my hand started rising..</p><p><br></p><p>The point is that this is always happening in your body. This is the power of renewing your mind that the Bible talks about. We’re not just renewing our mind but we are renewing our body by renewing and focusing our mind on true spiritual realities.</p><p><br></p><p>Let’s focus on recalibrating your body with spiritual reality. Let’s focus your imagination on feeling into your body the reality of what the Bible says is true about the presence and life-giving power of God with and in your whole body — every cell in your body. Right now in this moment.</p><p><br></p><p><em>Imagine a scene the Bible describes before the very throne of God in…</em></p><p><strong>Revelation 4:8-10 (NIV)</strong></p><p>Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under its wings. Day and night they never stop saying:</p><p><br></p><p>“‘Holy, holy, holy</p><p>is the Lord God Almighty,’</p><p>who was, and is, and is to come.”</p><p><br></p><p>Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor and thanks to him who sits on the throne and who lives for ever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne and worship him who lives for ever and ever. They lay their crowns before the throne and say:</p><p><br></p><p><em>Then…</em></p><p><strong>Revelation 4:11 (NIV)</strong></p><p>“You are worthy, our Lord and God,</p><p>to receive glory and honor and power,</p><p>for you created all things,</p><p>and by your will they were created</p><p>and have their being.”</p><p><br></p><p>We know from physics that your physical body is composed of atoms arranged differently into molecules to form different kinds of physical realities in your body. Different tissues. Cells. An atom is composed of a nucleus with electrons revolving around it. The nucleus of an atom is 200,000 times smaller than the diameter of the atom. The electrons are many times smaller than the nucleus. In other words an atom consists of millions of times more space than solid matter. Because atoms are in fact mostly empty space, most of your body is empty space. But we <em>see</em> it and feel it as solid. You can’t see the atoms because they are way too small. But they are very real. So if you imagine right now your body comprised of and full of unseen atoms — the DNA and RNA in your cells throughout your body — but there is mostly empty space between the atoms that comprise your body — when you use your imagination to see and feel your body this way, you’re experiencing something that’s <em>very real</em> but unseen. And that’s what you’re doing when you’re using your imagination to experience and feel God in you and always with you. You’re using your imagination to experience and feel the presence and reality of something that’s unseen but very real. Now it’s different because atoms are physical and God is spiritual. But as far as our imagination works it’s the same. We can’t see either but we can experience both in a way through our imagination.</p><p><br></p><p>So now let’s focus your imagination on experiencing the reality of what the Bible says is true about the presence and life-giving power of God with and in your whole body — every cell in your body. Right now in this moment.</p><p><br></p><p><em>Talking specifically about Jesus…</em></p><p><strong>Colossians 1:16-17 (NIV)</strong></p><p>For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, …all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p><strong>Acts 17:28</strong> — In him we live and move and have our being.</p><p><br></p><p><strong>Romans 11:36 (NIV)</strong></p><p>For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be the glory forever!&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p><strong>1 Corinthians 8:6 (NIV)&nbsp;</strong></p><p>…There is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live.</p><p><br></p><p>“for you created all things,</p><p>and by your will they were created</p><p>and have their being.”</p><p><br></p><p>When you see every atom in your body and every moment in your life this way — it will put everything in your life in perspective. Every atom in your body owes its existence and its current presence to the presence of God right now in this moment. You don’t create yourself. You don’t live for your glory. Your will. You exist because it was God‘s will for you to exist in his universe – forever. The forever God wanted to be your God forever. This is why he gave you you’re being. This is why you have your being right now in this moment. The forever God is your God forever! And that reality can put joy and gladness into your whole body right now in this moment.</p><p><br></p><p>“You are worthy, our Lord and God,</p><p>to receive glory and honor and power,</p><p>for you created all things,</p><p>and by your will they were created</p><p>and have their being.”</p><p><br></p><p>“For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, …all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”</p><p><br></p><p>“In him we live and move and have our being.”</p><p><br></p><p>This is a tremendous relief. Understanding this kills anxiety. The fight or flight of living for your own glory. Falsely believing your life depends on the perfection of your will. Your power.</p><p><br></p><p>You can just let go of so much anxiety and fear and insecurity and anger and fight or flight central nervous system living. Rest in God’s lordship. Power. Presence. Will for you. The reason he created you.&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>So take a deep breath. Release your clenched muscles. Let go of the tension. Let your muscles soften. You can trust. You can depend on. Rely on.</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><strong>Timestamps:</strong></p><p>00:36&nbsp;-&nbsp;05:21 Body Meditation</p><p>05:43&nbsp;-&nbsp;22:32 Bible Meditation: Revelation 4:11</p><p>23:17&nbsp;-&nbsp;24:05 Prayer</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
04:45 MIN
Bible Meditation: Revelation 4:11
16:49 MIN
Prayer
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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 for this podcast. To begin, life flat on your bag or sit comfortably in a chair, uncross your legs and your arms and close your eyes. Begin by breathing in through your nose, into your belly. Try to focus on taking in slow breaths, in through your nose, into your belly, making your belly rise with each intake. Exhale and focus on feeling your body relax with each exhale. And on your next exhale, say quietly to yourself," Relax." Relaxed, diaphragmatic breathing uses your diaphragm and stomach muscles. When you breathe into your belly, you train your breath to go lower and slower. This increases your blood oxygen level, improves circulation to facilitate healing, lowers stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline, and turns off your sympathetic nervous system, your fight or flight nervous system, to calm your body and helps reduce pain volume if you deal with chronic pain. Throughout your day, you can check which type of breathing that you're doing, whether stressed versus relaxed, and catch yourself when your breathing gets stressed and shallow in your chest, rather than your belly. The moment you notice that you're chest breathing is the moment you can do a very quick, short meditation to change your physiology, shut off your sympathetic stress response, and lower your anxiety by breathing lower and slower instead. A lot of times, when a pitching coach goes out to the mound because the pitcher has lost their composure and they're throwing balls and they're throwing stressfully, they often will just simply say, take a deep breath, breathe. This is what you want to do with yourself throughout the day, and this is what you want to focus on right now, breathing in through your nose into your belly. Your body is always responding to what your mind is imagining one way or the other. In one of the sessions I was in where somebody was teaching me how to meditate, they had me imagine having my hands over a hot fire, and the longer I imagined that, the more real that became in my imagination. They had me hold a thermometer, a stress thermometer, between my finger and thumb, and after a while, my imagination was causing the temperature in my hand to increase, just as if I was holding my hand over a campfire. Now, this is an important thing because it shows you that your body is always responding to your mind's imagination, physiologically responding. The point is that this is always happening in your body, one way or the other. This is the power of renewing your mind that the Bible talks about. You're not just renewing your mind, but you are renewing your body by renewing and focusing your mind on true spiritual realities. So focus right now on breathing in through your nose and relaxing every muscle in your body with each exhale. You're using your imagination to feel like your body is flowing downstream water, softening your muscles, letting go of holding yourself up, feeling calm, at peace, focusing on letting go of clenched muscles and tension all throughout your body, focusing on your breathing in through your belly, in through your nose, and with each exhale, letting go and feeling your body let go, feeling your body relax. Focus on that feeling. Now let's focus on recalibrating your body with spiritual reality. Let's focus your imagination on feeling into your body the reality of what the Bible says is true about the presence and life- giving power of God with and in your whole body, every cell in your body, right now in this moment. Imagine a scene the Bible describes before the very throne of God in Revelation, chapter four, verse eight. The Bible describes somewhat indescribable beings, powerful beings before the throne of God, and they are worshiping God saying," Holy holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come." That's a phrase that has a lot of mystery to it. Holy is splendor. Holy is glorious. Holy is radiant. Holy is ultimate. The Lord God almighty is the Lord God who is ultimate, and He is infinite, using words like who was and is and is to come. He's timeless, and it says that they give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne and who lives forever and ever, the God who inhabits eternity, the I Am. And then it says that the others, the people called the 24 elders, but it says that they are falling down before Him who sits on the throne. That's God, the One who is holy, holy, holy, the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come. And it says that they worship Him who lives forever and ever, so there's twice that phrase, the One who lives forever and ever. Imagine this right now, the One who lives forever and ever is present with you right now in this moment, He is 100% infinitely present with you in this moment. This moment is how you connect with God the One who lives forever and ever, the One who is ultimate, the One who is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come. He's outside of time, and He inhabits eternity. He's the one who lives forever and ever. Forever and ever, He is God Almighty. Feel this in your body. This transcendent wonder and this feeling of quiet, this feeling of peace. Feel it in your whole body right now with each breath. Then as they are worshiping God, it says in verse 11, they say," You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for You created all things, and by Your will, they were created and have their being." We know from physics that your physical body is comprised of atoms, arranged differently into molecules, to form different kinds of physical realities in your body, different tissues, cells, DNA, RNA. An atom is composed of a nucleus with electrons revolving around it. The nucleus of an atom is 200,000 times smaller than the diameter of the atom. The electrons are many times smaller than the nucleus that revolve around the nucleus. In other words, an atom consists of millions of times more space than solid matter. Because atoms are, in fact, mostly empty space, most of your body is actually empty space, but we see it and feel it as solid. You can't see the atoms because they are way too small, but they are very real. So if you imagine right now, your body comprised of and full of unseen atoms, your tissue, your cells, your DNA, the RNA in your cells throughout your body, there is mostly empty space between the atoms that comprise your body. When you use your imagination to see and feel your body this way, you're experiencing something that's very real but unseen. And that's what you're doing when you're using your imagination to experience and feel God in you and always with you. You're using your imagination to experience and feel the presence and reality of something that's unseen but very real. Now it's different because atoms are physical and God is spiritual, but as far as our imagination works, it's the same. We can't see either, but we can experience both in a way through our imagination. No, what I'm not trying to get you to do is focus on the atoms in your body as some sort of therapy. I'm trying to get you to see that your very body is composed of something you can't see. But if you use your imagination, you can see your body this way, a body of mostly empty space, comprised of atoms, electrons, orbiting around nuclei in each atom. So let's focus your imagination on experiencing the reality of what the Bible says is true about the presence and life- giving power of God with and in your whole body right now. Every cell in your body, every atom in your body right now, in this moment, God is the One who holds the atoms together in your body. God's power is what gives your body it's very life. He holds the molecules, the atoms together. Talking specifically about Jesus in Colossians 1: 16, the Apostle Paul says," For in Him, all things were created. Things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible. All things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him, all things hold together." This is a spiritual reality that you can experience right now using your imagination. Imagine this, right now every cell in your body comprised of every atom in your body is being held together by God, held together by Jesus. He is the one who created all things visible and invisible. All things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him, all things hold together. Imagine right now, Jesus being the one who is holding every atom together in your body. As you breathe in through your belly and breathe out, imagine every part of your body being given its life, its very being, by Jesus. Right now, in this moment, He is the one who's holding all together in you, giving every cell its life, every atom its function, its being. Imagine this, feel this. As your body is lying there, feel this into your body, this reality that Jesus is the one giving your body life. Jesus is the one who created every cell in your body, every atom in your body. Jesus is the one holding it all together. Remember what Paul says in Acts 17: 28," In him we live and move and have our being." Imagine this for your body right now. In Him, you live and move and have your being. In our last episode, we looked at that and also Romans 11: 36," For from Him and through Him and for Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever." All things in your body are from Him and through Him and For him, every atom, every cell. I Corinthians 8: 6 says," There is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live, and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live." Imagine this. Your body right now, every cell, through whom all things came, Jesus created every cell in your body and through whom we live. Through Jesus, every cell in your body lives, every atom has its being. So it says in Revelation 4, again, let me read it," For You created all things, all things, and by Your will, they were created and have their being." Every cell in your body was created and has its being by God's will. He created all things, every cell. When you see every atom in your body and every moment in your life this way, every cell in your body created by God has its being because of His will, it will put everything in your life in perspective. Every atom in your body owes its existence and its current present existence to the presence of God, right now, in this moment. You don't create yourself. You don't live for your glory, your will. You exist because it was God's will for you to exist in His universe forever. The forever God wanted to be your God forever, wants to be your God forever. It's by His will that you were created and have your being. This is why He gave you your being. This is why you have your being right now, in this moment. The forever God is your God forever, and that reality can put joy and gladness into your whole body right now, in this moment. You were created because God wanted you to exist. You have your being right now because God wants you to exist, and right now He is holding every atom in your body together. He is giving you every moment of life that you have. So they said to God," You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor, for You created all things, and by Your will, they were created and have their being." Paul said" For in him, in Jesus, all things were created. Things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible. All things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things and in Him, all things hold together." In Him, we live and move and have our being. This is a tremendous relief. Understanding this kills anxiety, the fight or flight of living for your own glory, living for your own will, falsely believing your life depends on the perfection of your will, your power. You can just let go of so much anxiety and fear and insecurity and anger fantasies, and fight or flight central nervous system living, and rest in God's Lordship, God's power, God's presence, God's will for you, for creating you, for giving you your very being. The reason He created you was so that you could live forever, with the forever God as your God. So take a deep breath, release your clenched muscles, let go of the tension, let your muscles soften. You can rest, you can trust, you can depend on, rely on, the One who gives you your being at every moment and in this moment right now. So take a few more minutes and focus on that in your entire body, breathing in through your nose into your belly, slow breaths, resting, feeling the reality of the One who holds your whole being together, who by His very will gives you your being, created you because He wants you to exist in His universe forever. The forever God wants to be your God forever and has committed to being your God forever in Jesus. Focus on that feeling in your entire body right now, the security of it, the comfort of it, the strength of it, the power, feeling the presence of His love flowing through you right now as He holds your entire being together, every atom in your body, every cell in your body, giving us life by the giver of life, right now, in this moment. Take in a deep breath and letting go of trying to be your own god, trying to be your own sovereign, trying to be your own lord, trying to live for your own glory, and rest in Him, surrendering to Him. Feel that in your body, the letting go, the power of God in you, the power of God with you. God, I surrender to you. I rest in Your will. I glory in Your glory. I live because You will for me to live. Every moment comes from You, from Your will, and I rest in Your will and submit and surrender to Your will because You are the giver of life. You are the source of all being. You are the One who inhabits eternity, and You right now, in every moment, and right now, in this moment, are sustaining every atom in my body. You're the One I can trust. So I rest in you. 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 Homan. Thanks for listening to Christian Meditation for A Bigger Life.

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God gives us the power of imagination to affect the reality of our lives – including the physical reality of our body. This kind of Christian meditation brings the transcendent experience of God into your mind and into your body so that you can replace anxiety, insecurity, stress and tension with the better and truer imagination of God’s infinite and intimate presence and love for YOU.

If your podcast app is set to skip the silent sections, disable that for this podcast.

Relaxed diaphragmatic breathing uses your diaphragm and stomach muscles. When you belly breathe, you train your breath to go lower and slower. This increases your blood oxygen level, improves circulation to facilitate healing, lowers stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline, turns off your SNS to calm your body, and helps reduce pain volume if you deal with chronic pain.

 Throughout your day you can check which type of breathing you’re doing—stressed versus relaxed—and catch yourself when your breathing gets stressed and shallow in your chest. The moment you notice that you’re chest breathing is the moment you can do a very quick short meditation to change your physiology, shut off your SNS stress response, and lower your anxiety dial by breathing lower and slower instead.

Your body is always responding to what your mind is imagining one way or the other. Like I said in the last episode about warming my hands by simply using my imagination. I was imagining holding my hands over a hot campfire. Then a few minutes later the temperature thermometer in my hand started rising..

The point is that this is always happening in your body. This is the power of renewing your mind that the Bible talks about. We’re not just renewing our mind but we are renewing our body by renewing and focusing our mind on true spiritual realities.

Let’s focus on recalibrating your body with spiritual reality. Let’s focus your imagination on feeling into your body the reality of what the Bible says is true about the presence and life-giving power of God with and in your whole body — every cell in your body. Right now in this moment.

Imagine a scene the Bible describes before the very throne of God in…

Revelation 4:8-10 (NIV)

Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under its wings. Day and night they never stop saying:

“‘Holy, holy, holy

is the Lord God Almighty,’

who was, and is, and is to come.”

Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor and thanks to him who sits on the throne and who lives for ever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne and worship him who lives for ever and ever. They lay their crowns before the throne and say:

Then…

Revelation 4:11 (NIV)

“You are worthy, our Lord and God,

to receive glory and honor and power,

for you created all things,

and by your will they were created

and have their being.”

We know from physics that your physical body is composed of atoms arranged differently into molecules to form different kinds of physical realities in your body. Different tissues. Cells. An atom is composed of a nucleus with electrons revolving around it. The nucleus of an atom is 200,000 times smaller than the diameter of the atom. The electrons are many times smaller than the nucleus. In other words an atom consists of millions of times more space than solid matter. Because atoms are in fact mostly empty space, most of your body is empty space. But we see it and feel it as solid. You can’t see the atoms because they are way too small. But they are very real. So if you imagine right now your body comprised of and full of unseen atoms — the DNA and RNA in your cells throughout your body — but there is mostly empty space between the atoms that comprise your body — when you use your imagination to see and feel your body this way, you’re experiencing something that’s very real but unseen. And that’s what you’re doing when you’re using your imagination to experience and feel God in you and always with you. You’re using your imagination to experience and feel the presence and reality of something that’s unseen but very real. Now it’s different because atoms are physical and God is spiritual. But as far as our imagination works it’s the same. We can’t see either but we can experience both in a way through our imagination.

So now let’s focus your imagination on experiencing the reality of what the Bible says is true about the presence and life-giving power of God with and in your whole body — every cell in your body. Right now in this moment.

Talking specifically about Jesus…

Colossians 1:16-17 (NIV)

For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, …all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 

Acts 17:28 — In him we live and move and have our being.

Romans 11:36 (NIV)

For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be the glory forever! 

1 Corinthians 8:6 (NIV) 

…There is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live.

“for you created all things,

and by your will they were created

and have their being.”

When you see every atom in your body and every moment in your life this way — it will put everything in your life in perspective. Every atom in your body owes its existence and its current presence to the presence of God right now in this moment. You don’t create yourself. You don’t live for your glory. Your will. You exist because it was God‘s will for you to exist in his universe – forever. The forever God wanted to be your God forever. This is why he gave you you’re being. This is why you have your being right now in this moment. The forever God is your God forever! And that reality can put joy and gladness into your whole body right now in this moment.

“You are worthy, our Lord and God,

to receive glory and honor and power,

for you created all things,

and by your will they were created

and have their being.”

“For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, …all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”

“In him we live and move and have our being.”

This is a tremendous relief. Understanding this kills anxiety. The fight or flight of living for your own glory. Falsely believing your life depends on the perfection of your will. Your power.

You can just let go of so much anxiety and fear and insecurity and anger and fight or flight central nervous system living. Rest in God’s lordship. Power. Presence. Will for you. The reason he created you. 

So take a deep breath. Release your clenched muscles. Let go of the tension. Let your muscles soften. You can trust. You can depend on. Rely on.

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.

Our audio engineer is Diego Huaman.