Friday, March 25, 2005

Make Your Way Prosperous

This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein 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.

Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee withersoever thou goest.

Joshua 1:8-9

The Bible says that God spoke these words to Joshua after the death of Moses. God encouraged Joshua to meditate on his word and go forth in victory. In fact, this strengthened Joshua so much, that the very next verse declares “Then Joshua commanded…”

Wow! If you are anything like me, you have those days when you wonder, “Lord, what am I doing wrong? Why aren’t things working in my favor? Why is it that when I think I’m doing the right thing, my circumstances work against me?” Perhaps Joshua felt some of these things when Moses died. Perhaps he felt slightly alone or lost. He may have felt intimidated or afraid. Nevertheless, the LORD provided a solution to provide him confidence and set him mind at rest.

1) Listen to God when He speaks (Joshua 1:1)
2) Don’t forget the Word of God.
3) Study and meditate on the Scriptures.
4) Do all that is written and commanded by God.
5) Be strong and courageous.
6) Do not be afraid or discouraged.

Then what? You will be prosperous! You will have good success! Our Father will be with you wherever you go!

What an awesome reminder this is for us when we become discouraged on a daily basis. If we do these things, our faith must increase (Romans 10:17). As we believe on God, He will increase in our lives. My God, we can’t lose. It’s all about obedience and holiness. We must sanctify ourselves. We must be set apart and governed by the Word of God.

What a simple reminder, yet so powerful!

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