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Wake Up, Oh Sleeper!

Posted on 15th Nov 2018 03:22:21 in Meditation for Christians, Daily Meditations


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Meditation for Christians - Day 2

My mouth shall speak of wisdom; and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding. - Psalm 49:3

May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in Your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer. - Psalm 19:14

Yesterday we talked about how being mindful of the present moment allows you to really see and experience the world around you. Quiet contemplation of what we see is what many call meditation. Not just a far eastern practice, King David was among the many who practiced Jewish meditation, or hitbodedut. Hitbodedut means self seclusion and contemplation. What makes hitbodedut different than eastern meditation forms is the goal. In eastern meditation the goal is usually either enlightenment or emptiness of the mind. The goal with hitbodedut is nearness with the Father... to feel the warmth of His light.

But everything exposed by the light becomes visible, for everything that is illuminated becomes a light itself. So it is said:
“Wake up, O sleeper,
rise up from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.”

- Ephesians 5:13-14

Exercise for Day 2

When you wake up and during the day take a quiet moment alone to be close to G-d. Take in a deep breath and ask the Spirit to fill you. Recite outloud, “Wake up, O sleeper, rise up from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” Then sit quietly and bask in His light as you both enjoy the present moment.

For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Yeshua The Messiah. - 2 Corinthians 4:6


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About The Way

Not a religion... a RELATIONSHIP!

The Way is for followers of Yeshua who seek a closer, more fulfilling relationship with HaShem, the One G-d of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The meaning of the word "Christian" has been hijacked and turned into something our beloved Meshiach would never have approved of. Many reform groups have attempted to return to The Way that Yeshua originally preached, and their success has been equivalent to how dedicated they are staying true to the spirit of the scripture in their doctrines.

Instead of a new doctrine, The Way is about finding out what He wants for each of us individually. Instead of grudging obedience to what other people tell us we are supposed to do, we ask the Father directly. And He Answers!

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Why G-d?

Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. - Exodus 20:7

Unless directly quoting scripture in a respectful way, many people choose not to utter or write the name of G-d. A common practice is to refer to Him as HaShem ("The Name" in Hebrew). This is not required, and is a personal preference chosen for many reasons. One of those reasons is that words like "G-d", "Christian", and even "Jesus" have been terribly abused and misused.

Much of our modern biblical language comes from Rome or Greece, not the original Hebrew and Aramaic Yeshua himself spoke. To make matters worse Constantine's Roman form of Christianity has seemingly forever tarnished and manipulated our precious Saviour's name and message beyond recognition.

People tolerate it today in subtle forms: the names of days of the week, months of the year, and even resting on SUNdays (the day to remember the sun-god Apollo as decreed by Constantine!). It is tolerated because people got used to it, and change is not easy. For some, this is not a good enough reason to continue with these traditions that clearly are not biblical. For those who do not feel this way, that is between you and HaShem.

...He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone... - John 8:7

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