2012-01-16 Meditation

Meditation – Exercising Your Heart

In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. (Acts 2:17)

It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings. Prov 25:2 NIV

But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. Luke 2:19 NIV

Dreams and Visions – Most of us view dreams and visions passively; something with which God visits us. God is visiting young and old with dreams and visions. Since He is doing that, so should we: daydream and imagine our future to shape it according to the Kingdom, the way it should be.

Meditation is not just emptying your mind or letting it wander. If you do, the devil will likely fill it with some kind of vain imagination or fear. The first stop is to realize that our minds shouldn’t be driving the bus. That’s the job of our hearts. Virtually everything we think or do, comes right out of what is already scripted in our hearts.

The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks. Luke 6:45 NIV

The whole western concept of changing our lives by changing our minds is basically flawed. Our hearts already have a logical motive for what we do and, until we change that motive, trying to change our minds has very little impact. When our hearts and minds are pulling in the same direction, life works. When they pull in opposite directions, we self-sabotage, life doesn’t work and we are filled with confusion and frustration. Can you see how meditation can make your life work in practical ways?

My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you,  2 turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding, 3 and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for  understanding, 4 and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, Prov 2:1-4 NIV

Changing our hearts – Our hearts are not evil. They are simply the logical-thinking centers of our identity.  God has written His desires on our hearts, and the job of our minds is to help discern when those desires map into the desires on God’s heart. When we find that overlap between God’s heart and our own, we’ll find our destiny and the “sweet spot” of fruit, success, prosperity, ministry and fun. Religion operates out of a rule set in our minds; Christianity is a relationship that flows from the heart. Jesus is inviting us to be ourselves, to be who he created us to be, to co-labor with Him, and to choose to do the things that already reside in our hearts. It’s fun!

Meditation – The first step of meditation is to put your mind to work identifying the desires God put in your heart. God usually gives us some kind of “headquarters verse” that represents the theme of our lives. There is a plan, and renewing our minds is simply finding it.

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jer 29:11 NIV

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is — his good, pleasing and perfect will. Rom 12:2 NIV

My “headquarters verse” is Isa 60:1-3, and my heart’s desire is to be a Kingly example of creating wealth through day trading / investments, and to Release Kings into their own dreams. Those are some of my deepest heart’s desires; my life’s general direction and specific plans center around that dream. God is excited about it, too, by the way! We are on the same page in an amazing way. He is just as excited about your desires because He played a big role in writing them on your heart. (Heb 8:10, 10:16, Ezek 36:25-27)

“Arise, shine; for your light has come, And the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.  …the Lord will rise upon you And His glory will appear upon you.  3 “Nations will come to your light, And kings to the brightness of your rising. Isa 60:1-3 NASU

Meditation and wisdom – the first step is discerning God’s heart and our own hearts with an emphasis on revelation. The next step of meditation is to make the dream come true practically through the application of wisdom. That means we take the theme of our heart’s desire and use our minds to imagine how it can come true, by writing down goals and putting the plans on paper.

My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you,  2 turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding, 3 and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for  understanding, 4 and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, Prov 2:1-4 NIV

Kings are not afraid to make plans. Too often we expect God to hand them to us – He will guide us, but he will not replace our initiative. It’s our job (through meditation) to understand the plan of God, the desires of our own heart that map into those plans, and to get to work in our own piece of the Kingdom.

May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.  We will shout for joy when you are victorious and will lift up our banners in the name of our God. May the Lord grant all your requests. Ps 20:4-5 NIV

But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations. Ps 33:11 NIV

Making it practical – In the steps below, we’ve outlined 7 things you can do to go from meditation to your mountain. The tool I like most as a guide for meditation is our coaching module. It will help you find your own heart’s desire and implement it in a practical way. One of the biggest keys is writing your heart’s desires and plans on paper. Put your mind to work on that project and, when it’s in writing, use your mind to discern that it really is God’s plan, too.

I think you will enjoy two previous newsletters on this topic: Cultivating Creativity and Exercise Your Heart.

Your dream is worth some one-on-one time with someone who can encourage you and help you to make it real. Your destiny is worth it! Putting your dream first is putting the Kingdom first. There really is a place where your heart and God’s heart overlap. That’s where “life” begins.

  1. Read Releasing Kings and Desire to Destiny (See our store page or Amazon.com).
  2. Get the free newsletter, connect on Face Book to stay in touch. We use Skype to talk to people all over the world. Networking is a huge Kingdom dynamic.
  3. List to the sound… Beverly Lewis and I discussed Kingdom impacts in an interview, “Have fun, make money and love people.” Listen to the recorded version here. Ray Edwards and I did a second interview that is just as good. Both are about an hour and give a great summary of marketplace ministry. Attend a conference if you can.
  4. There are two newsletters that summarize key elements of Releasing Kings: Have Fun, Make Money and Love People and A Kingdom Primer.
  5. Go through the coaching module and clarify your dream – we can help you if you’re stuck.
  6. Get connected with a coach or mentor who can help you take the next step.
  7. Create the wealth and convert the money into your ministry dream to build the Kingdom.

PS: The video version of this newsletter is available on the Link.


We’re Dancing


John and Sue


Desire to Destiny is available now at our store along with reviews. Not sure what your dream is? This book will help you pull the curtain back on your future.

Newsletter – If your newsletter comes incomplete (filtered), you can always catch the latest version in our archive along with 200 others. 1800+ people from around the world get Kingly encouragement from our weekly newsletter. Invite a friend to subscribe – they will be blessed.

How to Start a Small Group – Kings are increasingly getting involved in Bible study or mentoring groups to facilitate their “Release.” Here are some helpful suggestions www.Releasing-Kings.com/Starting-a-Group.html. We’ve also updated our Vision Brochure with graphics to show how to become a King and how you can help Release Kings. Lastly we’ve created a guideline to help you take your dream to the next level by considering the elements of a business plan. See Write Your Business Plan and a Free Management Library for many other helpful resources.

French Translation – Releasing Kings is now available in French thanks to the efforts of Cees Bakker and Support Ministries in the Netherlands. In France, copies can be obtained from Editions Menor or Librairie Chretienne CLC. The Title in French is “Libération des Rois pour le ministère dans le monde du travail”. Cees is also the guy who made the Dutch translation possible – available through his website. He can be contacted for Releasing Kings conferences in France and throughout Europe.

Other language websites –

Ukraine http://releasingkingsua.com/

Poland http://www.releasingkingspl.com/

Face Book – I’m posting more information on Face book at http://www.facebook.com/john.garfield1

PS: I want to recommend some follow-up reading.

Who is God by Harold Eberle provides the best explanation of a more relational view of God. It’s must reading that connects our perception of God with everyday life.

Releasing Kings for Ministry in the Marketplace takes that foundation into marketplace ministry and the entrepreneurial nature of Kings. Fruit in the marketplace naturally springs out of sound doctrine.

Desire to Destiny – Takes the foundation and marketplace ministry and puts them in the context of seven practical keys or stages of growth you can apply in your own life.

You’re invited into the vision to release Kings; communicate the message, make the money, and do the mission.

  1. The Message – Our first goal is to get the Releasing Kings message into the hands of the messengers that will carry it… do it, preach it, teach it, example it.
  2. The Money – The second goal is to help Kings break out of poverty by networking them with practical opportunities to prosper. We want to introduce them to the right people, the right opportunity, and the right financial approach.
  3. The Mission – Network Kings with opportunities to mix business and missions. Accomplish the great commission through the marketplace and occupy the Seven mountains of: business, media, arts & entertainment, education, family and government in addition to the church. See video #1 and video #2

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