March 29, 2017

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.

Yesterday I shared seven questions that one could ask of the scriptures to help in studying and understanding what God has written to us. So lets ask our memory verse these questions and see what we come up with.

Is there a promise for me to claim?

I am promised to prosper and succeed in all that I do when I study, meditate on and obey the word. What a great promise. You will see that in most of the promises of God there is God’s part and our part to play in bringing the promise to pass.

Is there a command for me to obey?

Yes. I am to study the word continually. I am to meditate(think on it, read it back over and over, and memorize it), and I am to obey it. This is a command not a suggestion. Continually means that my life is tied to the word and the word is tied to me. We are inseparable. My life revolves around this God breathed word. When God speaks it is for my health and well being.

Is there an example to follow?

God is the example here. As God instructed Joshua to study the word I must follow this example and instruct myself, family, friends and anyone else who will listen to study the word of God.

Is there a warning of danger to heed?

It looks like the danger would be that if I don’t heed the command I will not prosper and succeed in all I do. If I don’t heed the command I am disobeying God and opening the door to let the enemy mess with me.

Is there a principle to apply?

The principle is that God’s word is to be studied, obeyed, never ignored and then good things will begin to develop in a person’s life. It is not a book that is to be left on the shelf or the coffee table and allowed to gather dust.

Is there a key verse to memorize?

Yes, this verse:)

How will I apply what I have learned?

I will set aside a designated time each day to study God’s word. I will repeat this verse to myself throughout the day and look for opportunities to obey what I am learning. I will look forward to each day knowing that God is working on my behalf to prosper me and make me successful. Prosper has the idea of God breathing his breath, the Holy Spirit on me. He comes upon me to enable me and empower me to live my life for the Lord. I would also like to prosper in good health, in being able to memorize well and be successful in developing in my people a hunger to study the Word of God.

I will give you permission, readers of my blog, to ask me how I am doing in my commitment to study and obey.

As you see a few well asked questions can bring the word of God to life in our lives. Happy studying and

Be Inspired Hilltop!

 

Comments

  1. Mary Anne Frank says:

    Today I looked up the Hebrew words for prosper and succeed in the BLB app on my phone. In our culture we view ‘prosper’ to mean wealth, money, and every thing we could ever want. We view ‘success’ to mean always getting an outcome that elevates us in other people’s eyes. In this verse that is not what those words mean. The word prosper means “to rush, to push forward, to meet mightily, to break out”. And the word succeed is even more telling. It means “to be prudent, circumspect (or have insight), to teach wisely, to have wisdom, to understand” . Quite different than our definitions of those words. These words seem to speak to spiritual issues. Something to chew on….

    • Daniel Mueller says:

      Very good. You were being obedient and studying and we all benefitted. Thank you, Mary Anne.