Day 1 Diving Deep: Moving from Shallow Christianity to Deep Transformation

“Be still and know that I am God.”  Psalm 46:10 

Welcome to a new study inspired Pete Scazzero’s book Emotionally Healthy Discipleship.  The study is designed to draw you into a secret place with Jesus, where you can be real, relaxed and restored.  When you’re alone with Jesus, you can say anything.  You can listen to His gracious voice and be transformed from the inside-out.  God is drawing you into a deeper and more authentic relationship with Himself. He’s unfolding your faith-story, and He wants it to be told.   

Silence 

Be Quiet.  Sit still and silent for one minute.  Let your mind be aware that God is present with you. Imagine Him smiling at you, delighted that you showed-up to be present with Him!  Breath slowly and relax.   

Hear God.   “Be still and know that I am God.”  Psalm 46:10 

Meditation.    Silence is a weird idea in our raucous world, with our racing minds. Yet, it’s absolutely necessary for our life in Christ.  In fact, silence before God is like a very strong medicine for our sin-affected souls.  When we’re attentive and quiet in His presence, we can begin to turn aside distractions and let go of tensions.  And when we stay there awhile, over time God will bring to our consciousness a wound, sin or fear we may have repressed.   But it’s challenging to be still and silent, especially at first. I enjoy being with people, yet I get drained by too much noise and too many people.  I’m an introvert and gain energy from being alone.  However, this doesn’t give me an edge on silence.   I have to train myself and so do you.    

Here’s a way to go about this:  Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths, inhaling and exhaling slowly.  Let your mind dwell on a word, image, or attribute of God.  I like to concentrate on the word “mercy”.  Others use “Abba”, or “Jesus”.   Expect that your mind will stray to a family concern, your list of tasks, food or whatever.   Fighting with straying thoughts and guilting yourself will only add to the distractedness, so stay calm.  See those distractions as invitations from God to return your attention to that word, image or attribute you’ve chosen as a focal point.  Be silent for one minute.  And keep breathing, slowly. 

Consider this question.   What resistances do you have to silence and why? 

Connect with God.   Slowly pray Psalm 46:10 in this way:  

“Be still and know that I am God… “ 

“Be still and know that I AM… “ 

“Be still and know…  

“Be still…  

“Be….”  

 

Connect with People.  Today, intentionally listen to others without needing to have the best or last word.  Instead, empathize with them and validate their ideas.