As soon as I walked in the door I almost passed out. "It's way too hot in here," I was thinking. The heat served me right because I had walked in the Bikram Yoga studio without knowing the first thing about yoga, must less Bikram yoga. I thought yoga was something like dancing and I enjoyed dancing during my teen years. I didn't know that yoga was so much different. I passed the studio almost daily and during this particular season in my life I was looking for a way to loose weight without having to eat right. Foolish huh? It sounded reasonable to me at this time because I didn't have the right mindset. The yoga session was supposed to be for an hour and I only lasted 15 minutes. I had to get out of there. It was too hot and all of the stretching and turning and twisting and people in close proximity with their bottoms almost in my face made me grab my keys and exit to the left.
After I walked out I asked myself, "is it okay for Christians to engage in yoga and meditation?" Although the Spirit of God never confirmed to me whether or not it's wrong or right, I will share what was revealed to me on what I learned that day about Christians and meditation. Joshua 1:8 says, "This book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success." God revealed to me that day that when the bible speaks of meditation, it is speaking of a different meditation that the world participates in. The techniques are the same but the focuses are different. As Christians we are to meditate on the word of God. The meditation that the world engages in is meditating on things, people, feelings, and emotions. God is the source of Christians so our meditation on His word should bring us in direct alignment with His will. The meditation of the world is to align with the "Universe" so it's more of a scientific alignment. For a Christian, it is the word that we want working in us and for us. For this reason when I create affirmations they are based on scriptures because it's not our word that God honors, but it's His word that He has promised will not return to Him void.
I challenge you to find scriptures that relate to what you are going through or what you desire to see come to pass in your life and create affirmations based on those scriptures. I have created a few already to use.
Prayer: Holy God, as I meditate on your word I ask that you make my way prosperous. My delight is in the law of the Lord so as I keep my mind on you and your law O God, I ask that you continue to keep me in perfect peace. Show me where I need to change the things that I meditate on. May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight Lord. In Jesus name. Amen
I meditate on God's precepts and consider the ways of the Lord (Psalm 119:15)
I consider what your hands have done as I meditate on your works. (Psalm 143:5)
I love the law of the Lord and I meditate on it all day long (Psalm 119:97)
You can create scriptural affirmations for any area of your life.
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Love and Blessings,
Pamela D. Smith