- Joshua 1:8 (NLT)
“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.”
- Quote from Madame Guyon:
“Oh dear one, God has promised that He would come and make His abode with Him who does His will. He has promised to dwell in our innermost being.”
PRAYER AND GOD’S WORD
To meditate on God’s Word simply means to take a portion of Scripture and begin the following procedures. Read only a small section and allow that passage to be “digested” before going on to another.
Draw from it its fullest meaning. Think it through. Try to relate it to other similar Scriptures. Commit to memory. Then, having thoroughly examined the passage, proceed to take another one and do the same.
Try not to read more than half a page at a time. It is not the quantity of Scripture we read, but the quality that will be to our benefit.
Those who are fast readers gain no more advantage than a bee would by skimming the surface of a flower rather than penetrating it to extract its pollen.
Speed-reading can be used for other subjects, but never for divine truth. To receive profit from the Word, we must read as described above. We will be certain that by doing this, we will have made meditating on the Word a habit that will cause us to grow as a Christian.
A word of caution for beginners is suggested. Do not wander from truth to truth and from subject to subject. The right way is to allow each individual truth to be meditated upon while its sweet flavor remains fresh.
As we form the habit of meditating on God’s Word, it will become easier for us to bring to remembrance other Scriptures of the same nature. This will further enhance our ability to bring the Word of God into reality in our lives.
The second method is to learn to pray the Word. When we come to God in prayer, open our Bible to where we have been meditating. Remember at this point that our main objective is to focus on God’s presence. Our Scripture verse will keep our mind from straying to other things.
Those of us can use this method of praying with even a small portion of faith, because it will keep our mind from distractions. In this way, even a small amount of faith will enlarge in proportion when viewed by itself. Jesus replied, “All who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will come and make our home with each of them” (John 14:23 NLT).
St. Augustine once blamed he for all the lost time trying to find God’s will when, from the very beginning, he could have done so by this manner of praying the Word.
When we have settled into a peaceful spirit and are fully aware of God’s presence, when earthly distractions are not our primary thoughts, when our soul has properly fed on God’ Word and we have chosen by an act of our will to believe it, we are now ready to communicate with our heavenly Father God.
Fear is a weapon used by the enemy against us with the dart of anxiety. Have you battled with worry now and again? That is the hand of the enemy shooting a fiery dart towards us.
The Bible in 1Ephesians 6 says our struggles are not against flesh and blood. They are against principalities of darkness in the spirit realm. That means we do not fight worry with flesh and blood. We fight worry with faith.
3Faith is a weapon. 3Trust in God is a weapon used against the hand of the enemy. Now, let’s reload our weapons. 3“Do not fear for I am with you.”
4Life and Death in the Power of the Tongue. Let’s prepare to lead and we need to bridle our tongue. 4Proverbs 18:21 says life and death is in the power of the tongue and you shall eat the fruit of it. Consider a time when you had:
Prosperity where we’re planted. 4James talks about controlling a horse with a bit, a small little piece of metal. A ship is a huge vessel with a small rudder. James describes the tongue of the following: As an evil fire. World of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person. Sets the whole course of our life and itself on fire. Restless evil full of deadly poison that no man can control.
However, what is the answer? The answer is that with God all things are possible. Have you tried to control your tongue on your own? Matthew 12:36-37 says, “And I tell you this, you must give an account on judgment day for every idle word you speak. The words you say will either acquit you or condemn you.” Do we know what the word idle means? It means careless, inactive (from dictionary). It means dead, unfruitful, barren, ineffective, and benefiting no one. What does barren mean? It does not produce fruit. We are always speaking something. Isn’t that true. Are we speaking life or are we speaking death? Are we speaking blessing or cursing-worthless, idle, careless words that benefit no one? On the other hand, are we speaking God’s Word that benefits all? We have to bridle literally our tongue with the help of the Holy Spirit because we cannot do it on our own. I highly recommend the book called “The Battle of the Tongue“. Mr. Morris Cerrullo in his book mentioned that neurologists have proven that the speech center of the brain has total dominion over all the nerves in our body. There is no commitment in trying. Either we will or we won’t and our mouth determines that because our actions follow our mouth. 4James 3:9 says, “With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father and with it we curse men. We have been made in God’s likeness out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. We are created in His image, but we have not been equipped to use this tongue to create. We have used this tongue to destroy. It has to stop for much has been given, much is required, and now is the time to bridle this tongue. Life and death are in the power of the tongue.