This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth, but thou shalt meditate thereon day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. – Joshua 1:9 American Standard Version
Meditation on the WORD of GOD. It was an essential element of success in Joshua’s day. It still is. Unfortunately, today, most people do not know it.
Oh yes, we read the WORD of GOD. We listen to preachers preach it. We get together and discuss it. But Meditate on it? No. Most of us do not have any idea how to do that. Nor do we realize that we’re short circuiting GOD’s formula for success and consigning ourselves to failure by doing without it.
Scriptural meditation simply means thinking about and reflecting on the WORD. It means pondering a particular scripture and mentally applying it to your own circumstances again and again until that scripture permanently marks our consciousness.
Meditation is important because it can affect our lives in a way that almost nothing else can. It can quite literally, alter our minds. Take a look at the story of Abraham and I think you will see what I mean.
When GOD first told Abraham (or Abram as he was called then) he was going to have a son, Abram was an old man. His wife Sarai had been barren all her life and not only that, she was old and well past the age of childbearing.
An aging, childless couple – that’s how Abram, and Sarai saw themselves. They’d given up any hope. In fact, they’d already made plans for their servant Eliezer of Damascus to be their heir.
So when the LORD spoke to Abram and told him He was going to give him and Sarai a child, Abram couldn’t image such a thing. It contradicted his mindset. Knowing the mental struggle Abram would have, GOD didn’t just make him a verbal promise and leave it at that. HE did something else.
Genesis 15:5 tells us “And GOD brought Abram forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell (count) the stars if thou be able to number them; and he said unto him so shall thy seed be. And Abram believed.”
GOD didn’t leave Abram with an image of himself as a barren, old man. He gave him a new image to ponder – an image of GOD’s promise being fulfilled.
Can you imagine Abram staring out at heaven and trying to count the stars? As he looked at the stars…one by one, he began to visualize the face of his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He filled his eyes and his heart with the Promise of GOD.
God GAVE him a second image to mark his thinking. He gave Abram and Sarai a new name. Abraham, which means a father of many nations and Sarah, a mother of nations. GOD made sure HIS promise to Abraham and Sarah would not be forgotten.
Whenever anyone called Abraham, he heard the words – father of many nations. From that day on, Abraham and Sarah were never able to separate themselves from their destiny and their true identity – The father and mother of many nations.
That is meditation. It is tremendously powerful and by focusing on the scriptural promises GOD has given you, you can put it to work in your life…just as Abraham and Sarah put it to work in their lives.
Spend some time thinking about a promise of GOD. See yourself with that promise and applying it in your life.
"Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure-- pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return."
Spend some time thinking about that promise. Visualize yourself giving. See yourself giving and examine your attitude; determine how you measure: are you stingy, are you complaining about the gift you gave? Are you wondering and pondering how it was used. Are you murmuring about the method that the request came? Then after you practice with your imagination, giving something with the correct attitude…begin visualizing it coming back to you. Examine what pressed down may mean. What is running over? Then image it is running over in your lap.
Develop that image inside of you. See yourself giving more. In your mind, practice over and over again. Practice receiving the blessing. Each time you do, the promise of GOD will become more real to you and your faith will grow.
Put the powerful art of meditation to work for you. Use it to change the inner images that have held you back for so long. You will find – just as Abraham and Sarah found – that it is truly one of GOD’s most effective secrets of success.
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