“Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.” Joshua 1:8
There are three parts of Joshua 1:8 that God has provided for meditating on His Word:
- Your mouth:
“This book . . . shall not depart out of thy mouth. . .” Remember, meditation involves talking and reciting God’s word.
I remember reading about the famed raising the dead to life Smith Wigglesworth, an English evangelist who traveled throughout England and the United States in the early 1900’s. It has been noted Wigglesworth would stress the importance of speaking out loud scriptures from the Bible. To back up this importance, he would commonly use the following verse:
“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17 King James Version
My wife, Karen is an extraordinary counselor, who repeatedly talks to herself often. She jokingly once said only crazy people talk to themselves, but when you are talking to yourself and building yourself up in the Word of God, you are not crazy! You are speaking not your words but the words of God to your spirit man and building your faith. So speak away! At the end of this publication are over 25 scriptures that you can begin today speaking and memorizing for building yourself up!
- Meditation involves meditating in and of itself.
“But thou shall meditate therein day and night…” Joshua 1:8
Consume the Word of God by thinking deeply and focusing for a period of time regarding a book, a chapter, or verse from the Bible. As you speak, or in silence, think about the Word of God carefully in your mind. Meditate or think deeply upon a passage or verse.
In my years of church leadership, I have never met a more determined and focused individual as Sonia Ray. Two years ago, Sonia was diagnosed with breast cancer. After her diagnosis, her healing became her prime focus. She knew to achieve healing, she would have to meditate daily regarding what God had said regarding her disease. To do this, she took a permanent marker and wrote verses in her kitchen. The main verse she stood on was “may you live to see your children’s children.” (Psalm 128:6) Other verses on her wall included Jeremiah 30:17 which says “I will restore you to health and heal your wounds” and Psalm 91:16 which God said, “With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation.”
How is Sonia doing today? She is worshipping the Lord on Sundays at Living Waters Atlanta for her healing and salvation. In addition, she serves on our Pastoral Care Team where she shares these same verses and many more which are on her wall to those who are in need of healing.
3. Put the Word in action.
“that thou mayest to observe to do according to all that is written there in…” Joshua 1:8 King James Version
Yes, put the Word in action. Begin talking and meditating, but also began walking it out. Do what it says. Act upon it. We are to be doers of the Word of God not just hearers!
Since the beginning of time, we have been created to walk with God. The Bible says in Genesis, Adam walked with God in the cool of the day. Because of sin, our walk with God was thwarted until Jesus came and died on the cross. Jesus Christ reconciled us to walk with God.
Walking is not easy. Take it from me – a person who hates to exercise. Walking across the room is something almost anybody can do. Walking long stretches of miles takes endurance. I have also found in exercising that walking leads to running. Running leads to flying!
These three principles of meditation bring forth the promise: “for then they’ll shalt make thy way prosperous, and then they’ll should have good success.”
Prosperity has gotten a negative view in the church today. Many people believe prosperity has a lot to do with big houses, big cars, and probably big hair. Again, the enemy loves to annihilate God’s promises for his people.
Prosperity means wholeness, complete, nothing loss, and whole. In addition, if you were to study in the Bible what salvation means, you would find salvation means wholeness, complete, nothing loss, and whole. Two words in the Bible which have the same identical meaning – prosperity and salvation – and God says in his Word if you abide by His Word you will have good success and prosperity.
The question is who wants their household to have good success and prosperity? The answer is everybody. If you want to have a successful family, a successful business, to be a successful employee, and have success and prosperity in every area of your life, you have to base your life on the Word of God.
Three times God said in the first chapter of Joshua the phrase, “Be strong and courageous”:
“Be strong enough good courage: for unto this people shalt you divide for an inheritance the land, which I swear unto their fathers to get over to them.” Joshua 1:6 KJV
The command appears in two other places:
“Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whitherersoever thou goest.” Joshua 1:7 KJV
“Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with the whithersoever thou goest.” Joshua 1:9 KJV
Three times God told Joshua to be strong and of good courage. In order to put the Word to your feet, to your mouth, and to your mind, you have got to be strong and of good courage. The devil loves to kill, steal, and destroy. He is the father of lies. His plan is to steal the Word of God from you and place lies in your mind that the Word of God will fail in your life. So beloved, be strong and of great courage.
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