Jesus In You

“Living within you is the Christ who floods you with the expectation of glory! This mystery of Christ, embedded within us, becomes a heavenly treasure chest of hope filled with the riches of glory for his people, and God wants everyone to know it!” Colossians 1:27 TPT

A meditation to help you be aware of Christ in you:

The following is the script for this meditation but I encourage you to practise this, listening to this audio file,  following the instructions from there:

Set comfortably somewhere with an upright and relaxed pose. 

Now close your eyes. Let your mind and body begin to settle into the practice of welcoming Jesus in you and noticing what your body feels like.

Focus your attention on your feet, recognising in your mind and seeing in your imagination, that Jesus’ feet are in your feet. 

Notice all the parts of your feet that are touching the floor. Jesus’ feet are also touching the floor with your feet. 

Notice your toes because that’s where Jesus’ toes are too.

Notice the middle of your foot because the middle of Jesus’ foot is there too. 

Notice your heel for Jesus heel is there too. 

Notice your ankle. Jesus’ ankle is with your ankle. 

Notice the whole bottom of your foot because that is where the bottom of Jesus’ feet are too. 

Notice your whole foot, inside and out, because Jesus’ feet are there too, inside and out.

Let your and Jesus’ feet sink into the floor, noticing the support of the earth and feeling it ground both of you.

Begin to notice your body sinking into Jesus’ body as you touch what you are sitting on. 

The back of your thighs into the back of Jesus’ thighs against your seat. 

Your back into Jesus’ back against the back of the chair. 

Your arms melding into Jesus’ arms relaxing into the chair. 

Your hands in Jesus’ hands relaxing on the arms of the chair. 

Let your body, hands and feet sink into the body of Jesus, supported by the chair and the floor.

Begin to notice your breath as you and Jesus breathe together. 

Just breathe easily for a few breaths, noticing where your breath goes as you and Jesus breathe in and out together. 

Notice the pause between your in-breath and out-breath as Jesus breathes and pauses with you. If your mind wanders – as it probably will, because that is what minds do – just notice where it goes for an instant and then slowly, gently, direct your attention back to breathing with Jesus. 

Notice your breath in your nose and Jesus’ nose going in and out. 

Notice whether the air you and Jesus are breathing in is hot or cold. 

Notice whether your and Jesus’ breathing is light or heavy and slow or fast. 

Notice your breath in your and Jesus’ chest as they rise and fall together with each breath, like a wave, moving up as you breathe in and down as you breathe out. 

Notice how your and Jesus’ chest expands and contracts with your breath. 

Watch the rhythmic wave in your and Jesus’ chest as you and Jesus breathe in and out. 

Continue watching yours and Jesus chests breathe together for a few minutes.

Now direct your attention downward to your belly. 

Put your hand on your belly to help you connect with a spot just below your belly button because Jesus is there too. 

This spot is at the very core and centre of your body and Jesus presence is there too. The centre of his body is in the centre of your body. 

Notice how your and Jesus’ belly moves out when you breathe in and how they move in when you breathe out. There’s no need to force or change your breath in anyway. And if your mind wanders, bring it back to your and Jesus’ belly kindly and gently. 

As you notice your and Jesus’ breath in your belly, notice whether your breaths change or stay the same. 

Notice the rhythm of breath in yours and Jesus’ belly. 

Notice how you and Jesus breathe together as one.

Begin to expand your attention outwards towards your whole body resting in Jesus’ body. 

Begin to notice your whole body and Jesus’ body working together as a single unit- breathing in and breathing out together in a slow, steady rhythm. 

Notice the waves of breath as they move in and out of your and Jesus’ body – feel your and Jesus’ nose, the back of your and Jesus’ throat, your chest and Jesus’ chest, your and Jesus’ rib cage, your and Jesus’ belly, and your whole body with Jesus’ whole body filling with fresh cleansing air. 

Notice how your breath travels through your and Jesus’ body refreshing and renewing every area it touches. 

Notice the rhythm of your and Jesus whole body breathing as one: first the in-breath, then the pause between the breaths, and finally the out-breath. You and Jesus breathing in and breathing out, as one, together. 

Slowly bring your attention back to the chair, your hands and feet. Slowly open your eyes and begin to notice the room around you. Take your time, and notice how your body feels now that you are aware of Jesus in you.

Feel free to make your own version of this to suit you.

Envision Healing 2

 “Suddenly, a leper walked up to Jesus and threw himself down before him in worship and said, “Lord, you have the power to heal me . . . if you really want to.  Jesus reached out his hand and touched the leper and said, “Of course I want to heal you—be healed!” And instantly, all signs of leprosy disappeared!” Matthew 8:2-3 TPT

Imagine you were in the crowd following Jesus that day: 

I had been on the mountain top to hear Jesus’ teaching. And although what he said was more demanding than anything I had ever heard before there was a power in His words that stirred my heart and made me want to follow Him, made me want more. 

So as Jesus went down the hill side towards Capernaum, I followed Him because that was where my heart wanted me to go. 

I wanted to see what He would do and hear more of what He had to say, so with the rest of the crowd I followed Him that day.

As Jesus reached the bottom of the hill I saw a leper approaching him. A man clearly disfigured, clearly ill, who should’ve been keeping clear of everyone, should’ve been ringing a bell and shouting “unclean!” so all would keep away. For the law of God proclaimed him as an outcast, one who should keep away from the temple and God’s people, so his disease would not spread to others. Everyone would’ve seen him as one cursed by God and as he drew near the crowd drew back, some even shouting at him to go away. 

But Jesus did not seem to hear them, did not seem afraid or worried. He just kept on walking towards Capernaum, and towards the leper, leaving others to make their own decisions.

Suddenly the man walked up to Jesus and threw himself down on the ground, worshipping Jesus like he was God. The crowd around was horrified, drawing back further to save themselves. There were voices of anger at the man’s boldness and condemnation that he had disobeyed the law. But in the eyes of some who were silent that day, tears formed for his pain, their hearts grieving his loss.

Jesus had stopped as the leper began to worship and turned his love and gaze on the man. And finding more courage, the man spoke up saying, “Lord you have the power to heal me…. if you want to.” 

Clearly the man had heard of Jesus reputation. Clearly he had heard of Jesus power. Perhaps, from afar, he had even seen Jesus healing and freeing others from sickness, seen Jesus power and authority. For his boldness in approaching Jesus said he knew Jesus need not be afraid of his illness. He knew that Jesus power could overcome his sickness; Jesus power could take it all away. And a man with that sort of power had to be one sent by God so he bowed in worship to honour Jesus that day.

But the one thing this man could not be sure of was that Jesus would welcome his presence and petition, and choose to heal him with his power that day. For over the years so many people had condemned him, condemned him as a sinner, as one abandoned by God. They told him his sickness was God’s retribution and that he deserved the illness he got. So this man was not certain that he would be welcomed or even acknowledged by this man of God. But there must’ve been something in the stories he’d heard of Jesus, or something in what he had seen from afar, that gave him hope that Jesus might heal him, might save him with God’s loving power. So he spoke up and asked, asked for Jesus healing power.

Jesus would’ve known what this man had been through. He would’ve known he was an outcast, thought of as one cursed by God. He would’ve been aware of the crowd withdrawing and of the words of condemnation they spoke over this man. But Jesus heart saw a man who was broken, broken by sin and shame and condemned by illness to die. A man looking for hope, looking for healing, looking for a God who would be on his side. 

And in His first response Jesus showed he was on the leper’s side. Showed that He cared. For Jesus reached out a hand and touched the leper; touched the man that had been labelled by all as untouchable. You could’ve heard a pin drop in the collective gasp of air from the crowd. That one action shocked even Jesus’ disciples. But Jesus did not stop there. He continued looking lovingly at the leper and said, “Of course I want to heal you—be healed!”

And before anyone in the crowd had time to raise objection, the man was healed, right before our eyes! All the disfigurements that the disease had caused him were gone and he stood up straight looking at his body which was not just cleansed but whole again! The man was dumbfounded, speechless, with tears streaming down his face.

Jesus instructed him to speak to no one but to go straight to the priests and get his healing certified and make the offering demanded by the law. The man nodded, choking back tears of joy and saying, “Thank you!” quietly, over and over again. He got up and did as Jesus told him, the crowd parting in front of him as though they could not yet believe his healing.

I will never forget that day, never forget seeing Jesus love and power touch the untouchable man, never forget seeing Jesus heal and make whole the man all thought God had condemned. I will never forget because in that action I knew I had seen God’s saving grace in action in this world. And it was then that I realised that Jesus was the Messiah, the one sent by God to save us. And I decided I would follow Him wherever He went, decided I too would be His disciple.

As the now-healed-leper ran off, Jesus turned and looked straight at me. He saw the tears of joy streaming down my face, and smiled, nodding slightly in my direction. He knew what was in my heart and he was pleased. And like many others I continued to follow Jesus as he entered Capernaum.

Envision Healing 1

“Jesus ministered from place to place throughout all of the province of Galilee. He taught in the synagogues, preaching the hope of the kingdom realm and healing every kind of sickness and disease among the people. His fame spread everywhere! Many people who were in pain and suffering with every kind of illness were brought to Jesus for their healing—epileptics, paralytics, and those tormented by demonic powers were all set free. Everyone who was brought to Jesus was healed!” Matthew 4:23-24 TPT

What would it have been like for those who are sick to meet with Jesus that day, imagine it. Dwell on the picture. Become part of the crowd.

Imagine someone with your pain or sickness seeing Jesus that day: 

See how he healed others with just a word or touch. No great dramas or show just loving words and simple touch. Moving gently along as each person is healed. Great authority and love in action revealed. 

See the joy the expressed by those who were healed. See them jump and dance, praising Jesus for what he had done. Rejoicing with family or friends over the change. Running to bring others for whom sickness remained. A lame man is pulled to his feet and now running. A leper is clean and whole and hugging his family. A once deaf and mute woman singing at the top of her voice. Children who were crippled beggars are dancing and playing with limbs and sight healed. So much rejoicing with tears of joy flowing freely.  

See the crowd swarm Jesus so each one could be healed. Hearing the words of amazement as Jesus power was revealed. Hearing gasps of amazement and wonder by all.

And imagine deciding that you’ll join the fray. Pushing your way towards Jesus for healing that day. Hoping against hope that He will touch you and bring healing and wholeness to your body again.

And just when you think maybe you will miss out. Jesus turns towards you with a smile on his face. “Be healed beloved, go in peace without sickness or pain.” He knew what you needed without you having to explain. 

You feel his power coursing through your body. The power of his love and his authority. The touch of his hand on your face says it all. His love and healing is for you as well.

Basking in that moment. Jesus touch and smile. His power and love focused on you now. Jesus loving you as God’s Beloved child. The gentle touch, the welcome in his eyes. And his powerful love sweeping all sickness aside. Peace, joy and wholeness enter into your body, filling the places pain and sickness used to occupy, becoming your new reality. For nothing can stand against Jesus authority. 

Rejoice, dance, sing and praise Jesus for His powerful love that brings healing and wholeness. Feel strength and freedom of movement in your body again.

Kneel at His feet in wonder and awe, our wonderful Saviour and loving Lord.

Seeing

 I look at a blind man
And what do I see?
Someone blinded by darkness
And not able to get free
But Jesus You see
A whole child of God
Who you can set free
To see all of this world

With one word of authority
You heal the blind and so to see they are free

 I look at a deaf man
And what do I see?
Someone deafened by darkness
And not able to get free
But Jesus You see
A whole child of God
Who you can set free
To hear all of this world

With one word of authority
You open deaf ears so to hear are free 

 I look at a mute man
And what do I see?
Someone silenced by darkness
And not able to get free
But Jesus You see
A whole child of God
Who you can set free
To speak in this world

With one word of authority
You open mute mouths so to speak they are free

I look at a lame man
And what do I see?
Someone chained by darkness
And not able to get free
But Jesus You see
A whole child of God
Who you can set free
To walk through this world

With one word of authority
You heal lame legs so to walk they are free

I look at a sick man
And what do I see?
Someone attacked by darkness
And not able to get free
But Jesus You see
A whole child of God
Who you can set free
To live healed this world

With one word of authority
You heal sick people so to live they are free

I look at demon possessed man
And what do I see?
Someone overcome by darkness
And not able to get free
But Jesus You see
A whole child of God
Who you can set free
To live Your kingdom this world

With one word of authority
You release the from demons so to live they are free

I look at those untimely dead
And what do I see?
Someone defeated by darkness
And not able to get free
But Jesus You see
A whole child of God
Who you can set free
To live again in this world

With one word of authority
You raise the dead so to live they are free

I look at a poor man
And what do I see?
Someone stripped by darkness
And not able to get free
But Jesus You see
A whole child of God
Who you can set free
To prosper in this world

With one word of authority
You can feed the poor so to prosper they are free

All the obstacles
That we meet in this life
Are not permanent things
To which we must subscribe
For when we see with your eyes Jesus
We’re God’s whole and holy children
With your authority and power
To free us all to live in heaven

With your words of authority
We change the world so in Your Kingdom all live freely

Matthew 12:22-23 Meditation

“Then a man was brought before Jesus who had a demon spirit that made him both blind and unable to speak. Jesus healed him instantly, and he could see and talk again! The crowds went wild with amazement as they witnessed this miracle. And they kept saying to one another, “Could this man be the Messiah?” Matthew 12:22-23 TPT

“Then a man was brought before Jesus”
This man had friends or relatives
Who cared about his plight
Perhaps they had known him
When he had his speech and sight
They heard that Jesus was near
And knew of His reputation
They brought this man to Jesus
In hope of healing restoration

“who had a demon spirit that made him both blind and unable to speak.”
If we could see with Jesus’ eyes
Perhaps we would see
This demonic spirit binding
This man’s eyes and mouth
Was it this man’s sin
That gave the demon this hold?
Or was it a curse?
We are not told.

“Jesus healed him instantly,”
Jesus’ compassion
His forgiveness for sin
And His power to break curses
Were seen in this instant healing
Jesus did not hesitate
To free the man from bondage
For Jesus had a mandate
To set all free from satan’s kingdom

“and he could see and talk again!
Jesus power and authority
Were easily enough to set the man free
To talk and see as humans should
As we are made in the image of God
Healed and restored
The man was free
To see and speak again
Like a child of God should be.

“The crowds went wild with amazement as they witnessed this miracle.”
The crowd was really excited
To witness Jesus’ healing power
And His ability to free us
From demonic powers
For they had seen with their own eyes
God acting through a man
To bring healing and freedom
As only a true Son of God can

“And they kept saying to one another, “Could this man be the Messiah?””
This demonstration of power
Raised Jesus up in their sight
For they had never seen before
Someone weird such might
So it lead them to conclude
That Jesus came from God
And question if He could be
Their awaited saviour and lord.

Jesus miracle working power
Was and is a revelation
Of the kingdom of God
It’s healing and freedom
When we see it at work
It’s most exciting to behold
And point to Jesus as our Saviour
Jesus as Son of God

Invitation to Healing

Jesus:
From the very beginning of My public ministry
As I taught of the kingdom of God
I also healed every disease
Of those who came for healing to me
Epileptics, paralytics and the demon tormented
I healed them all, set them all free

My words carry great authority
Such as this world has never seen
My kingdom’s reign, My kingdom’s rule
Brings health and healing to body and soul

A leper approached, worshipped Me
Saying “You have the power to heal”
But as he doubted I would want to heal him
To reassure him I touched him personally
“Of course I want to heal you – be healed!”
And of his sickness the man was freed

My words carry great authority
Such as this world has never seen
My kingdom’s reign, My kingdom’s rule
Brings health and healing to body and soul

A Roman officer saw My authority
And he came to ask Me for healing
For his son lying sick and paralysed at home
‘Just command his healing and it will be done’
Was the faith he put in Me
My agreement with him healed his son of disease

My words carry great authority
Such as this world has never seen
My kingdom’s reign, My kingdom’s rule
Brings health and healing to body and soul

Peter’s Mother-in-law had a fever
Which was healed by one touch from Me
People flocked to her house that evening
Seeking demon torment release
And healing for sickness too
One word of healing spoken to each
Released them from their torment

Healed them all, set them free
My Presence carries great authority
Such as this world has never seen
My kingdom’s reign, My kingdom’s rule
Brings health and healing to body and soul

I have come into your life
To live in you as you live in Me
I’ve come to bring My kingdom to you
With all it’s health and healing power
I want to heal you, body and soul
My touch to experience for eternity
My words of healing I speak to you
Be healed My love, I command it for you!

Me:
Lord I bow before Your authority
I receive Your Kingdom, Your Presence in me
I receive Your words of power
That command healing and freedom for me
I know that You have paid the cost
To make me Yours, Your kingdom child
And I rejoice in Your resurrection power
That heals and saves me, body and soul. 

Restoration

Before the foundations of this world were made

God chose you to become in Christ

His holy and blameless child

Living in His tender loving care

This is the new covenant I make with you today says the LORD: 

I will put my laws in your mind and I will write them on your heart

I will be your God, and you will be one of my people. 

And you will know me. 

I will forgive all your wickedness

I will never again remember your sins

So the Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is upon you

To comfort your broken heart

To proclaim freedom and release

Even in your mourning you will know that the time of the LORD’s favour has come

And with it the day of God’s anger against your enemies

He will give a crown of beauty for the ashes of your past

A joyous blessing instead of mourning

Festive praise instead of despair

Instead of shame and dishonour you will enjoy a double share of honour

And everlasting joy will be yours

For the LORD loves justice

He hates robbery and wrongdoing

He will faithfully reward you for your suffering 

Everyone will realise that you are a person the LORD has blessed

For God has dressed you with the clothing of salvation 

And draped you in His robe of righteousness

Your salvation will come like the dawn

And your wounds will quickly heal

Godliness will lead you forward

And the glory of the LORD will protect you from behind

Ephesians 1:4-5; Hebrews 8:10-12; Isaiah 61:1-3, 7-10; 58:8