6“Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their forefathers to give them. 7Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. 8Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. 9Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Joshua 1:6-9 (NIV)

Do you want to know the key to success? Have you wondered what it takes to become prosperous? God puts it pretty bluntly in this verse – meditate on His Word so that you will know it and be able to follow it.

Meditate on it – contemplate it, reflect on it, turn it over in your mind, pray about it, ask God to reveal the full meaning of it. Don’t just read it and then let it fall from your brain. Let it seep into your spirit and soul. Let it come alive in your mind. Imagine what following it looks and feels like. Talk about it with fellow believers. Journal your thoughts about it and what God teaches you about it.

Why? So that you may be “careful” to do everything written in it. I like the word “careful.” It carries with it a purposefulness – take care to live according to God’s Word. Don’t just let life happen, decide in advance to live according to what you read in Scripture each day. Meditating on God’s Word keeps it at the forefront of our thoughts so that we don’t act carelessly – without taking care – without being purposeful.

Live your life on purpose – meditate on God’s word daily, be careful to do what it says. THEN, you will be prosperous and successful.

We often have it all backwards, don’t we? We think “I don’t have time for devotions today, I have too much work to do.” God says “meditate on my word, then implement it, then you will be prosperous and successful.” Don’t let the world or pressures of life convince you to try it the other way around.

Be strong and courageous – live your life on purpose! Read, meditate, implement. Trust God with the results. Go ahead – give it a try! You can trust Him to come through for you!

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