Now that we are in 2014 many of us are focusing on how is to be successful and prosperous in everything we do! However we cannot be successful without God and His Word. Joshua 1:8 says: This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
I don't know about you, but I desire to be successful. I want to fulfill every single plan God has for my life. According to Joshua, in order to have a prosperous way and gain good success, the Word of God or "Book of the Law" cannot leave our mouths; we have to constantly be mindful and attentive to the Word of God. How can we accomplish this? Joshua said we must meditate on the word day and night and we must be obedient to what it says. This will be a Two-part blog, first I will share on meditation and then I will share on obedience. These two go hand and hand on the road to success.
To meditate is to think, to contemplate and/or reflect. To meditate is to think and re-think on something. Quite often it is the things on which we meditate that get us into trouble. We meditate on the wrong things and they lead us into bad actions. Our thoughts can truly overtake us, we will concentrate on a single thought for a long time and if it is not a good thought, that thought can lead us into sin.
Our thoughts lead us into our actions throughout the day. Therefore, our thoughts must be on God and His word day and night; keeping our actions consistent with God and His will for our lives. We must think and re-think on the word of God continually, in order to keep God’s word in our mouth. Consider meditating on 2 Corinthians 10:5
Casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God and bringing into captivity everything to the obedience of Christ. (KJV)
And every bit of pride that keeps anyone from knowing God, we capture people's thoughts and make them obey Christ. (CEV)
Every time a bad thought comes to mind, meditate on this word. Meditating on 2 Corinthians 10:5, is a good “rule of thumb” to remember; if you have a thought or if you imagine anything that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bring it into captivity, lock it up and don’t let it go until that thought is obedient to Christ. Lock it up until you are thinking things that you know without a doubt are glorifying God. Keep that thought until it lines up with the word.
We have a great need to give ourselves to Biblical meditation; staying aligned with God’s word in order to control the thoughts of our mind. Psalm 19:4 says:
Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight,
O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer. (KJV)
No matter what your beliefs the reality is that everyday we are meditating on something. And if we are not developing the skill of Christian meditation, we may find ourselves meditating on something destructive. Please be careful on what you meditate. Be sure to meditate on the word day and night and you will be on "The Road to Success"
*Excepts from my book: "Why You Hatin?"