Giving Thanks for Jesus in Me

“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
“Let joy be your continual feast. Make your life a prayer. And in the midst of everything be always giving thanks, for this is God’s perfect plan for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 TPT

A meditation to rejoice in the function of every part of your body and Jesus’ Presence there. It is important if you are sick or disabled in any way, not to focus on the sickness or what you don’t have, but focus on what part of that is working and is functioning and give thanks for that. A spoken version of this text is available in this audio file so you can use it as a meditation guide:

Sit or lie somewhere in a relaxed position and close your eyes.
Begin by breathing in and out slowly and gently.
Thank You Lord Jesus that as I breathe in and out You are there breathing in and out with me.
Your strength is added to the natural strength of my lungs and I rejoice in that added strength as we breathe in and out together.
Together we breathe in and out, in and out, taking in life giving air, and expelling the used air.
And as we breathe in and out together I praise and thank You for the oxygen which leaves the air and enters into my lungs and into my bloodstream.
I praise and thank You for the oxygen which is entering my body and renewing every cell of my body.
I praise and thank You for the breath and the oxygen that is bringing life to my whole body.
I praise and thank You for Your Presence in my lungs bringing the strength and breath of heaven to my respiratory system.
I praise you for each breath and the life it brings to my body.

I thank you Lord for the beating of our hearts which takes oxygen and nutrients to every part of my body.
I thank You Lord that because You are in me our hearts beat together as one, Your heart giving strength to my heart.
I praise and thank You that every beat of my heart is strengthened and renewed by Your Presence; Your heart in my heart.
I praise and thank You that together our hearts pump life giving blood to my whole body.
I praise and thank You that Your blood and my blood run together through my whole body bringing resurrection power, the health and wholeness of heaven to each and every cell.
I praise You for each heart beat, each pulse of blood and the life it brings to my body.
I praise and thank You Lord for the bones in my body, one with Your bones, which give shape and support to my body and produce the cells needed for my blood.

I praise and thank You Lord that Your bones and my bones form the frame of who I am as I sit or lie now, holding me in place, giving me structure.
I praise and thank You Lord that Your bones and my bones form the frame that enables me to move.
I praise and thank You Lord that when I live, sit, stand, walk, or run, Your bones are giving the strength and structure of heaven to my bones.
I praise and thank You Lord that Your bones are working with my bones to produce the cells needed for my blood supply and immune system; the health and wholeness of heaven to my whole body.

I praise and thank You Lord for the digestive system in my body, which is one with Your digestive system, bringing the nutrients I need into my body.
I praise You for the function of our liver, pancreas, stomach, bowel, and kidneys working to provide me with all the nutrients I need and take away the waste.
I praise and thank You Lord that working together, our stomachs and bowel digest the food and drink that I take in, giving life-giving nutrients to my whole body.
I praise and thank you that your Presence in me is bringing the health and wholeness and nutrients of heaven to my whole body.

I praise and thank You Lord that the system of muscles, tendons and ligaments which help hold my body together and make it move, is strengthened and guided by Your presence, Your muscles, tendons and ligaments in mine.
I praise and thank You for all the movements our muscles make together: breathing, speaking, singing, walking, standing, turning, running, holding onto things, making things, writing, shaking hands, hugging, even cooking and cleaning. It is so true that in You I live and move and have my being.
I praise and thank You for the strength, health and wholeness of heaven that Your Presence in me gives to my muscles, ligaments and tendons.

I praise and thank You for my brain and nervous system that is one with Your brain and nervous system, enabling me to think and move and be who I am in You.
Together we see, hear, taste and feel the world with Your brain giving my brain clarity and helping my brain with Your understanding.
I praise and thank You that I can rest inYour thoughts and perceptions knowing them to be true.
I praise and thank you that you enable me to see, feel, touch, taste, smell and understand this world from heaven’s perspective.
I praise and thank You that Your mind shares with my mind all your wisdom and understanding.
I praise and thank you that, mind to mind, you share with me Your knowledge and understanding of God.

I praise and thank You that Your Spirit and my spirit are united as one, sealing me as God’s child too.
I praise and thank You that that spiritual essence that makes me me and makes me human, is united with Your Heavenly Holy Spirit, sealing me into the Trinity with You.
I praise and thank You thank Your Spirit imparts to my spirit the power of your resurrection, giving me Your perfect, eternal, holy, heavenly life.
I praise and thank You that in uniting us spirit to Spirit and body to body you have raised me to God’s right hand, seated with you, reigning eternally in this life and the next.
I praise and thank You Jesus that You give me all that You have and all that You are now, today, tomorrow, and forever.

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

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.

Guilt and Shame

Guilt and shame are not from God
For Jesus washed our sins away
And continues to do so
As You walk with Him each day
God has declared you His Beloved
Pure and holy in His sight
Not because you are yet perfect
But Because Jesus lives in you today

When Adam and Eve in Eden
Ate the forbidden fruit
God simply asked them questions
So they’d confess their sin
And He could come to the rescue
Sewing clothing of skin

He didn’t want them to remain
Forever locked in their sin
So He barred them from the garden
To let death have it’s way in
Keep them from the tree of life
Until Jesus died for them

Guilt and shame are not from God
For Jesus washed our sins away
And continues to do so
As You walk with Him each day
God has declared you His Beloved
Pure and holy in His sight
Not because you are yet perfect
But Because Jesus lives in you today

Abraham was a lier
Lying to protect his life
Said his wife was his sister
A lie we’re told, he used twice
Putting his wife in danger
Of bearing another man’s child

But God came to the rescue
Revealing Abraham’s mistake
The kings sent Sarah safely back
To Abraham’s tent
God did not condemn him
For Abraham was God’s friend

Guilt and shame are not from God
For Jesus washed our sins away
And continues to do so
As You walk with Him each day
God has declared you His Beloved
Pure and holy in His sight
Not because you are yet perfect
But Because Jesus lives in you today

King David was an adulterer
Using murder to cover up his sin
But God did not condemn him
Or leave him in guilt and shame
Instead God sent a prophet
To reveal David’s heart problem

David grieved and repented
Changed his heart and his direction
Sought again to do things God’s way
Relying on God’s direction
And God himself call King David
A man after My Own heart’s affection

Guilt and shame are not from God
For Jesus washed our sins away
And continues to do so
As You walk with Him each day
God has declared you His Beloved
Pure and holy in His sight
Not because you are yet perfect
But Because Jesus lives in you today

The Pharisees brought an adulteress
To the dust at Jesus feet
Expecting Him to condemn her
Heaping guilt and shame upon her
But Jesus’ question revealed their hearts
And they slunk away instead

Peter denied Jesus
Said he never knew him
Because he was afraid
Of what would happen to him
But Jesus asked Peter to speak his love
Giving Peter forgiveness and healing

Guilt and shame are not from God
For Jesus washed our sins away
And continues to do so
As You walk with Him each day
God has declared you His Beloved
Pure and holy in His sight
Not because you are yet perfect
But Because Jesus lives in you today

Saul was a murderer
Who thought he was doing right
Protecting God’s people
From heresy’s blight
But when he saw Jesus
His mistake was identified

Jesus did not use
Words of guilt and condemnation
Merely showed Saul the truth
Of his perilous situation
Allowing Saul to become Paul
Jesus’ Apostle to the nations

Guilt and shame are not from God
For Jesus washed our sins away
And continues to do so
As You walk with Him each day
God has declared you His Beloved
Pure and holy in His sight
Not because you are yet perfect
But Because Jesus lives in you today

There is now no condemnation
For those whom Jesus has saved
For His death paid the price
All our sin died with Him that day
And He has given us His new life
So we can live His way

Jesus gives us a new heart
That can love His way
And a new spirit
Joined to His Spirit seal
Filling us with Jesus Presence
And His power to rule

Guilt and shame are not from God
For Jesus washed our sins away
And continues to do so
As You walk with Him each day
God has declared you His Beloved
Pure and holy in His sight
Not because you are yet perfect
But Because Jesus lives in you today

Guilt and shame are Satan’s tools
With which he tries to keep us chained
Keep us hiding from God
As though we cannot be redeemed
So we will not find the truth
That Jesus is all we need

Jesus is our covering
So we need not fear exposure
He washes away our sin
So we are whole and pure in Him
And takes up residence in us
Securing us as God’s Beloved

Guilt and shame are not from God
For Jesus washed our sins away
And continues to do so
As You walk with Him each day
God has declared you His Beloved
Pure and holy in His sight
Not because you are yet perfect
But Because Jesus lives in you today

There is no damage or sin
That Jesus Presence can’t repair again
He is the compensation
For all the damage we have done
And of which we have been victims
He is our prize and emancipation

If the world ever really knew
What freedom Jesus bought us
We’d be dancing on the rooftops
With love and joy and gladness
Continually giving Him the praise
For all that He’s accomplished

Guilt and shame are not from God
For Jesus washed our sins away
And continues to do so
As You walk with Him each day
God has declared you His Beloved
Pure and holy in His sight
Not because you are yet perfect
But Because Jesus lives in you today

Lord I’m So Willing

“If you have a willing heart to let me help you, and if you will obey me, you will feast on the blessings of an abundant harvest.” Isaiah 1:19 TPT

Lord I’m so willing
To let You help me
Lord I’m so willing
To obey Your voice

Let me feast on a harvest
Of Jesus righteousness
Growing in my life
Till all around me are blessed

Lord I’m so willing
To let You help me
Lord I’m so willing
To obey Your voice

Let me feast on a harvest
Of Jesus holiness
Purifying my life
Till I look just like Jesus

Lord I’m so willing
To let You help me
Lord I’m so willing
To obey Your voice

Let me feast on a harvest
Of Jesus resurrection power
Flowing in my life
So others to Him, I draw

Lord I’m so willing
To let You help me
Lord I’m so willing
To obey Your voice

Let me feast on a harvest
Of souls into Your kingdom
A harvest of people
Re-born as God’s children

Lord I’m so willing
To let You help me
Lord I’m so willing
To obey Your voice

Let me feast on a harvest
Of Jesus Presence in me
Filling all my life
With His love eternally

Lord I’m so willing
To let You help me
Lord I’m so willing
To obey Your voice

Let me feast on a harvest
Of all the blessings of Your kingdom
Filling me to overflowing
With Your love, peace, joy and forgiveness

Lord I’m so willing
To let You help me
Lord I’m so willing
To obey Your voice

Let me feast on a harvest
Of Your miracles and wonders
Bringing life, healing and freedom
To all this planet and it’s people

Lord I’m so willing
To let You help me
Lord I’m so willing
To obey Your voice

Presence

“All at once their eyes were opened and they realized it was Jesus! Then suddenly, in a flash, Jesus vanished from before their eyes! Stunned, they looked at each other and said, “Why didn’t we recognize it was him? Didn’t our hearts burn with the flames of holy passion while we walked beside him? He unveiled for us such profound revelation from the Scriptures!”” Luke 24:31-32 TPT

Your Presence Lord
Ignights in us a Holy passion
You speak to our hearts
To the depth of our soul person
And we recognise that Your love
Is what we need to make us whole
And we want to remain there
By Your side forever more
To live in Your Presence
You are our love’s true goal

There are no words to express
The pure love of Your Presence
It is far more precious
Than all earthly treasures
You ignight a flame of love
Holy passion and desire
As Your Presence causes our heart
To truly come alive
And the flame of Your holiness
It Purifies us

In the words that You speak
There is profound revelation
An understanding of Scripture
That defies explanation
For You share with us
Your own relationship with God
So we can know Him
Through the insights You give
And come into His Presence
Knowing we are His beloved

You fulfil our hearts’ longing
To be truly known and loved
Not for what we can do
But for who we really are
You bring out the best in us
For which we were created
Rejoicing in us
As God’s beloved children
In You we find where we belong
Now and for eternity

As we walk through this day Lord
Open our eyes to Your Presence
So we can see You are with us
And hear Your words of wisdom
Let Your Glory be
Our guiding light
Let Your empowering love
Our hearts fully ignight
So with all we say and do
We give all glory to You