March 27, 2017

Our Memory Verse for this Week:

Joshua 1:8 (NLT) — 8 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.

Joshua was going to lead people into the land that God had promised. So what command did God give to him? I was going to say what advice did God give but advice is to tame of a word. There is no bite to the word ‘advice’. Advice can sound like a suggestion. God was not giving Joshua a suggestion here. There is nothing tame about a command. A command has some teeth to it.  A command isn’t something that we can take or leave at our pleasure or leisure. There are bad consequences for disobeying a command but there are also good consequences for obedience. The good consequences was that Joshua would prosper and succeed if he obeyed the command. And the command was to “Study this Book”.

The studying was to be ongoing reading (continually) and was to include meditating and obeying. Meditating included memorizing and reading the material out loud to oneself over and over until it was etched in your mind. It also included thinking about what you were studying throughout the day (day and night). Obeying really cemented the word in your heart so that after awhile it would become a way of life.

A couple of weeks ago I bought a reloading press. I wanted to reload bullets for my Ruger 45 acp handgun. It is much cheaper to make your own bullets plus it is a good mind relaxing hobby. When the press came I had to set it up so that so that it would put a primer in the brass casing, so that it would put in the right amount of gun powder, so that it would put the bullet in the casing at the right depth and so that it would crimp the casing to the bullet. You don’t want to do it wrong and end up blowing the gun up because of too much powder; to say nothing of your hand.

I read the instructions over and over and looked at the pictures that were provided. I also watched a video of a person setting up the same press that I had purchased. I watched the video three times. I read the instructions over and over and followed them step by step. I checked and rechecked the amount of powder that was put into the brass casing. When I felt like I had everything set up right I started making the bullets. I made a few and then went to the outdoor gun range to check them out. Guess what? I prospered and was successful! When I squeezed the trigger the bullet came out the casing was ejected and the gun didn’t blow up. The only thing I need to improve on is my aim!

I believe this is what the Lord had in mind when he said study. Joshua had the instructions written by Moses that he could read over and over. He could read it out loud to himself. He could memorize it. He could watch the video and look at the pictures and by that I mean all he had to do was play back in his mind what he had watched Moses do as Moses led them through wilderness. If Joshua would do that he would prosper and be successful in leading the people into the land, defeating their enemies, and training the people to live according to the Book.

We also will prosper both physically and spiritually as we study God’s word so that we know how this life is to be lived. We will be able to defeat Satan and his demons with the word of God. We will be able to honor God with our lives and not blow ourselves up spiritually, emotionally, and even physically. Yes people do blow themselves up physically when they put too much food, drugs, alcohol, and illicit sex into their bodies. By doing this they just pull the trigger. People have blown themselves up spiritually and emotionally because they put too much of the world’s way of doing things in there lives and then when they pulled the trigger by living that way Boom!

Do you want to live this life without blowing yourself up? Study the Book! Make that your aim.

Be Inspired Hilltop!