Joshua 1:8 This Book of the Law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe and do according to all that is written in it. For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall deal wisely and have good success.
We have been talking about being led by the spirit of God. We know that when we become born again we have the capability to be led, but how do we turn that capability into actuality? We have to train our spirits to hear what God is saying, and we have to act upon what we hear. I am going to borrow some things from my husband for the next few days since this is what he has been teaching on in the church. It’s good stuff and why reinvent the wheel? 🙂 The first step in learning how to be led by the Spirit of God is to meditate on the Word. To meditate means to murmur, ponder, imagine, roar, speak, study, talk, utter, or mutter. We should continually have the Word of God coming out of our mouths. There may be times when we are speaking the Word quietly, but there may also be times when we have to roar. Why is it so important to continually meditate on what the word of God says? Because the Word will shape our thoughts. We have to be careful what we allow in our minds. Our thoughts become words, our words become actions, our actions become habits, our habits become our character, and our character becomes our destiny.
What we meditate or think upon, we will eventually do. Let’s say you start thinking about fudge brownies at 10 in the
morning, at lunch time you think, “I sure would like a fudge brownie”, at 3 in the afternoon you say, “man a fudge brownie sure would be good about now”, at 5 o’clock on the way home you’re still thinking about how delicious a fudge brownie would be. Chances are, you’re either going to stop on the way home and get some fudge brownies, or your going to make a batch when you get home. Why? Because all day you’ve been meditating on that brownie, and what we put in our heads we put into motion in our lives. It’s the same way with the Word of God. If all day you are thinking about what the Word says, your actions are going to reflect your thoughts. Today’s verse tells us to meditate on the word day and night so that we will observe and do what it says.
Meditation is the step before action. If we are meditating in the word, then we do what we have been thinking about we are assured that our way will be prosperous and we will deal wisely and have good success. Another benefit to meditating in the word is stability. Psalm 1:1-3 tells us 1BLESSED (HAPPY, fortunate, prosperous, and enviable) is the man who walks and lives not in the counsel of the ungodly [following their advice, their plans and purposes], nor stands [submissive and inactive] in the path where sinners walk, nor sits down [to relax and rest] where the scornful [and the mockers] gather. 2But his delight and desire are in the law of the Lord, and on His law (the precepts, the instructions, the teachings of God) he habitually meditates (ponders and studies) by day and by night. 3And he shall be like a tree firmly planted [and tended] by the streams of water, ready to bring forth its fruit in its season; its leaf also shall not fade or wither; and everything he does shall prosper [and come to maturity]. We see here that we will be like a tree firmly planted. That means that nothing will move us. No matter what comes our way we will remain firmly fixed.
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