Week 3 Recap: The Names of God are so rich! I don’t know if you are like me but I ended up primarily studying one or two. In this series on inner peace it seemed logical to me to focus on Jehovah-Shalom: The Lord Our Peace. In conjunction with that I studied and meditated on God being my Good Shepherd. The two fit together remarkably well as I was reminded of my helpless state as a sheep who cannot rely on self to fix difficult circumstances and bring inner calm. As the Good Shepherd He leads me and is not only the source of peace, He IS Peace!
Isaiah 26:3 says, “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.” I love what Jack Wellmen from “The Christian Crier” (Patheos.com) wrote about this verse:
The peace that God gives is conditional if you hope to have it remain in your mind. What is the condition: It is for those whose mind is stayed on God because they trust Him… like a wooden peg driven into a tent to keep it in place.
Which Names of God did you focus on last week? How did they affect your view of God or self-talk last week? Let me know (and encourage others) in the comments below.
**Missed last week? If you did not have an opportunity to do last week’s (Week 3) Faith Reboot meditation exercise here is a Printable List of Names of God and Biblical references via the blog The Third Cross Congregation. You can also check out Week 1 and Week 2 to start from the beginning.
This Week’s Meditation Assignment:
Redeemed Positive Thinking
Let that soak in a minute. Perhaps you are squirming a little bit in your seat right now. I’m a little weirded out myself thinking we may be at the intersection of plastic smile motivational speaker and “Yogaville?” Is positive thinking really negative?
Postive thinking is negative when it means:
*Name it and claim it theology: “If I think I will get a new car, God will give it to me.”
*Disconnect with Reality (aka “La La Land”): “My arm just fell off but I’m happy, happy, happy!”
*Positive thoughts bring positive energy: “If I think good things, then the energy around me will be positive. If I am not positive enough then I will not attract goodness.”
*Forced happiness: “If I just try hard enough, I’ll be happy.”
In each of these scenarios the focus is on self. The good work is positivity with the hopes of earning a comfortable or tangibly favorable outcome from God (or in some cases the Universe.) God cannot be manipulated into action by our positive thoughts, but redeemed positive thinking can change our attitude so we can see God’s movement more easily.
How Can Positive Thinking be Redeemed?
Redeemed Positive Thinking is focusing in on what God has done as a reminder that God is active and will continue to do!
This week’s meditations are going to be active journaling. Plan to spend five minutes of unedited writing.
Monday: Write down the good things God has done in your own personal life over the past five years.
Tuesday: Write down the good things God has done in your family members’ lives over the past five years.
Wednesday: Write down the good things God has done in your spheres of influence (church, work, community) over the past five years.
Thursday: Write down the good things God did in your own personal life as a child.
Friday: Write down the good things God did in your family history.
Saturday: Write down ways you feel God is calling you to be a part of good things He is currently doing in your spheres of influence. Ask God for wisdom to be an effective servant for His glory.
Sunday: Read over this week’s journaling and reflect on God’s goodness and ability to sustain you in the future.
Additional Biblical Resources:
Colossians 1:15-23 (Supremacy of the Son of God and hope found through Christ alone)
Hebrews 11 (A wonderful chapter to remind you of God’s faithfulness through history and the faith of those before us.)
For more information on living the peace-filled Christian life, read Discovering Inner Peace. For more information on Biblical Meditation, read How Can You Meditate on God’s Word from Bible Gateway or this in-depth article Biblical Meditation from Bible.org.
Coming Week 5 (Final Week) of the Faith Reboot 30 Day Biblical Meditation Challenge: Fruit of the Spirit.