Joshua 1:8 NLT says “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.”
Did you know what you think about the most determines your outcome in life? I am sure it is hard to believe that thoughts can play such a big role in our lives. The Lord’s desire was not for us to meditate on what we eat, drink, wear, or fantasize about who we would like to be with.
He did not tell us to meditate on immoral thoughts and actions. He instructed us to meditate on His Word. I discovered that I used my thought life and my imagination as a way of escape from the real world. Why is it that we find it easier to play thoughts over and over in our minds that grieve the Holy Spirit of God? There is an old adage that I am sure you are familiar with, an idle mind is the devil’s workshop.
Colossians 3:2 (Amplified) tells us to set our minds and keep them set on what is above (the higher things), not on the things that are on the earth. If you focus continually on the things you desire to have, then you will constantly be in pursuit of those things. If you set your mind and keep it set on the Word of God and that which is holy and pure, then you will align your life with it. (Romans 8:5).
Again, we are ruled by our thoughts. If we desire to prosper and see success, then we have to begin to change what we are thinking. This can happen by renewing our minds in the Word of God (Romans 12:2). We have to make a conscious effort to see change and pursue it. The Lord has enabled us to do it. So set your mind and keep it set on the Word of God. Find a scripture in the area that you struggle in and roll it over and over in your thoughts daily and watch change take place in your life!
Father, remind me daily, that great peace have they that love your Word. I pray that the mediation of my heart will please you.
© Mary Pinckney, revised November 2015
Read more like devotions like this in my two devotionals: Be Attitudes: A Devotional Journey to a Healthy and Happier You and Be Attitudes: A Devotional Journey to a Disciplined Life