Meditative – Touched, Tested and Won Over by Love

Absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us.

Words – Thoughts – And Nurturing Our Souls

The sayings of my mouth
And the meditation of my heart
Are powerful
Leading either to separation or unity, to fear or to love, to lies or to truth, to death or to life.

When the sayings of our mouth and the meditation of our heart are grounded upon and flow from God’s living Word, they are infused with the healing and life-changing power of Love and Grace and Fellowship.

This meditation is about the path to life. Trusting love, the deep and constant interest and love of a perfect Being toward unworthy objects, seen and experienced through a process of being touched, tested and won over by love. Responding to grief with worship is a key component in our journey in recovering spiritual truth, and rediscovering who we really are. It is taken from the Study Blog titled Touched, Tested and Won Over by Love if you’d like to check out the Scripture texts that it’s based on.

My prayer for you is that you will encounter the breath of the Almighty as you experience and contemplate this meditation and that your weary soul will be satisfied, and your languishing soul will be replenished.

 

But it is the spirit in man, the breath of the Almighty, that makes him understand. Job 32:8 (ESV)

 

Do you regularly focus on your soul’s condition and needs as you do your body’s condition and needs?

Be still and know.

Consciousness. Awareness.

The Lord is righteous in all his ways and kind in all his works. (Ps 145:17 ESV)

Have you ever questioned this statement? Do you wrestle with understanding experiences, circumstances, and events that appear to contradict it?

All.

The Lord is righteous in all his ways and kind in all his works.
All includes everything and everyone.
All excludes nothing and no one.

Consciousness, Awareness,
Determines our response to all the ways and works of the Lord God;
From curses to worship.
From self-interest to single minded devotion to the Lord God.
From prideful boasting to reverent acknowledgement of the Lord God through praise.

Consciousness, Awareness,
Determines our response to all the ways and works of the Lord God.

The adversary said:
Reach out
Touch
All that he has
Consume like a moth
All that is dear, all that delights
Swallow
Overwhelm,
And he will curse you to your face.

But the adversary was wrong about this one!
This one did not curse.
This one did not surrender to self-interest.
This one did not boast about how he’d get even or rebuild.
Instead,
This one worshiped
In single minded devotion to the Lord God
Prostrate in allegiance, reverence, honor, respect
Humbly, earnestly, eagerly begging
Adored, praised, blessed be the name of the Lord.
Naked I came from my mother’s womb
And naked I shall return.
The Lord gave
And the Lord has taken away.
Blessed be the name of the Lord.
Rejoice always.
Pray without ceasing.
Give thanks in all circumstances.
Do not quench the Spirit.

Consciousness, Awareness,
Determines our response to all the ways and works of the Lord God.

The adversary says:
Reach out
Touch
All that they have
Consume like a moth
All that is dear, all that delights
Swallow
Overwhelm.

Why does one curse?
Why does another worship?
Why is one absorbed completely by self-interest?
Why is another single mindedly devoted to the Lord God?
Why does one act in return with prideful boasting?
Why does another respond by praising the Lord God?

Consciousness, Awareness,
Determines our response to all the ways and works of the Lord God.

Consciousness. Awareness.
Response to psychological effect upon self.

Consciousness. Awareness.
Response to the life’s troubles
Having lost relationship with love and life

Consciousness. Awareness.
Response to a fallen world,
Filled with neglected souls.

The adversary said:
Reach out
Touch
Bone and flesh
Consume like a moth
Health
Life.
Swallow
Overwhelm,
And he will curse you to your face.

But the adversary was wrong about this one!
This one did not curse.
This one did not surrender to self-interest.
This one did not boast about how he’d get even or rebuild.
Instead,
This one worshiped
In single minded devotion to the Lord God
Prostrate in allegiance, reverence, honor, respect
Humbly, earnestly, eagerly begging
Adored, praised, blessed be the name of the Lord.
Shall we receive good from God
And shall we not receive evil?

Integrity
Completeness
Prosperity
Well-being
Comfort
Success
Innocence
Perfection
Simplicity
Complete Truth.

How does one develop integrity?
Completeness?
Prosperity of soul and spirit?
Innocence?
Perfection?
Simplicity?
Complete Truth?

Be still and know
Consciousness, Awareness,
Determines our response to all the ways and works of the Lord God.

Consciousness. Awareness.
Response to troubles
With the integrity that comes
From confidence
In the ways and works of the Lord God
From confidence
In the character and purpose of the Lord God.

Consciousness. Awareness.
If the tent, which is our earthly home, is destroyed
We have a building from God, a house not made with hands.
Further clothed
So that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life
Prepared by God for this very thing
Giving us the Spirit as a guarantee.
Consciousness. Awareness.

The confidence of the servant of the Lord God:
Though I walk in the midst of trouble
You, Lord God, preserve my life.
You, Lord God, stretch out your hand against the wrath of my enemies.
Your right hand, Lord God, delivers me.
You, Lord God, will fulfill your purpose for me.
Your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever.
Do not forsake the work of your hands, Lord God.
Do not forsake me, Lord God,
In this tent, this earthly home, that is destined to be destroyed.

The boastful servant declared:
Lord, I am ready to go with you both to prison and to death

The adversary said:
Reach out
Touch
Give him to me for trial
That I might sift him like wheat.

Jesus our Master embraced the boastful, self-confident servant and said:
I have prayed for you
I have begged for you
I have bound myself to you
I am in bonds, knit together, tied to you.
I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail
Your faith, that I AM the Christ
I have prayed for you that your trust may not fail
I AM the Son of the Living God
Put your confidence in me, not in yourself.
And when you have turned again
In consciousness, Awareness,
Of Me, your helper,
And when you have turned again
To a relation of rest in Me
Then strengthen your brothers.
Set fast.
Confirm.
Establish.
Stand.
Solid.
Stable.
Strong.
Sure.
In Integrity
Completeness
Prosperity
Well-being
Comfort
Innocence
Perfection
Simplicity
Complete Truth.

Consciousness, Awareness,
Determines our response to all the ways and works of the Lord God.
See!
The Word of God is alive!
The Word of God is at work.
The Word cuts right through to where soul meets spirit.
The Word judges the inner reflections and attitudes of the heart.
Self-interest. God-interest.
Consciousness. Awareness.
Before God, nothing created is hidden.
All things are naked and open to his eyes
To whom we must render an account of our reasoning and motive.
Open to his eyes,
For testing, for correction, for perfecting, for intimate knowing
Consciousness. Awareness.
Of both, the Lord God and ourselves.

Breathe in.
Breathe out.
Focus intently on your breath to the exclusion of all else.
For it is the spirit in you,
The breath of the Almighty,
That makes you understand.
Spirit can be known only by spirit
God’s Spirit and your spirit in open communion.
Consciousness. Awareness.

So, make it a regular practice to lie outstretched literally or figuratively.
Make it a regular discipline to place yourself in a passive, horizontal posture; utterly prostrate.
That the reasonings of your heart may be revealed.
Revealed. To take the cover off; disclose.
Consciousness. Awareness.
Self. Spirit.

Nothing can separate you from Christ’s love for you.
Absolutely nothing can get between you and God’s love
Because of the way that Jesus your Master has embraced you.
God is so rich in mercy and loves you with such intense love
That he brought you to life along with the Messiah.

Consciousness, Awareness,
Determines our response to all the ways and works of the Lord God.
Consciousness, Awareness,
That begins with a simple, deep question that Jesus asks:
Who do you say that I am?

Can you respond with a profound consciousness, awareness?
You are the Christ
You are the Son of the living God.

How do we receive this profound consciousness, awareness?
Jesus explained:
Flesh and blood has not revealed this to you,
But my Father who is in heaven has revealed this to you.

Breathe in.
Breathe out.
In every ordinary moment of your life
Breathe in.
Breathe out.
In every extraordinary moment of your life
Consciousness. Awareness.
It is the spirit in you,
The breath of the Almighty,
That makes you understand.
Spirit can be known only by spirit
God’s Spirit and your spirit in open communion.
Consciousness. Awareness.

So that the next time the adversary says:

Reach out
Touch
All that they have
Consume like a moth
All that is dear, all that delights

Reach out
Touch
Bone and flesh
Consume like a moth
Health
Life.
Swallow
Overwhelm,

Reach out
Touch
Give them to me for trial
That I might sift them like wheat
And they will curse you to your face.

In every ordinary moment of your life
Breathe in.
Breathe out.
In every extraordinary moment of your life
Breathe in.
Breathe out.
Consciousness. Awareness.
God’s Spirit and your spirit in open communion.

So that you may prove the adversary wrong.
This one does not curse.
This one does not surrender to self-interest.
This one does not boast about how s/he’d get even or rebuild.
Instead,
This one worships
In single minded devotion to the Lord God
Prostrate in allegiance, reverence, honor, respect
Humbly, earnestly, eagerly begging
Adored, praised, blessed be the name of the Lord.

Integrity
Completeness
Prosperity of soul and spirit
Innocence
Perfection
Simplicity
Complete Truth.

Breathe in.
Breathe out.
Focus intently on your breath to the exclusion of all else.
For it is the spirit in you,
The breath of the Almighty,
That makes you understand.
Spirit can be known only by spirit
God’s Spirit and your spirit in open communion.
Consciousness. Awareness.

As you enter contemplation to nurture your soul, be aware of your adversary’s tactics to reach out, touch and destroy you. Do not identify with or be distracted by every thought and emotion that flits by. Let them go.

Instead, make yourself available to be swallowed up by life! To be further clothed in the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of Holy Spirit.

Be silent with a sense of anticipation. It is here in this openness and focused attention and intention where the breath of the Almighty will make you understand that you really are who he says you are in Christ. Whole. Complete. Flourishing. Well off. Innocent. Perfect. Free from pretense. Complete Truth.

Close your eyes. Stay in this position of quiet anticipation for as long as you can.

When ready
Open your eyes
Breathe in
Breathe out

Go, and live as you really are, as the breath of the Almighty in you nurtures and matures the simplicity and singleness of devotion to the Lord God that is in Christ Jesus. Live in wholehearted devotion to the Lord God, through the breath of the Almighty in you, today and every day. Awaken to life through God-centered consciousness, your eyes ever toward the Lord God, your Helper.

2 Tim 4:22 – The Lord be with your spirit. Grace be with you. (ESV)

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