I bet if you ask one hundred people if they want to be successful, they would say, “absolutely, yes.” So I am asking, “Do you really want to be successful?” Did I hear a big “Yes I Do”? Well, according to what criteria, according to what reference do you determine how to become successful?
Is there a map of truth that we can follow so that we can end up successful? Let’s take a look at what the Word of God says about how to become successful. Psalm 1:1-2 warns us and gives us the key of what to practice in order to be successful. Here is my rendering of Psalm 1:1-2
“You are blessed by God if you avoid walking in step with wicked people or follow the path of those who err in their ways or constantly put down the truth of God’s Word. If you would decide to meditate (take the time to reflect) upon the Word of God in the morning and meditate upon the Word of God at night, you will be like a tree that is nourished by God with living water. You will produce fruit for the kingdom, and you will not cave in to temptation but will show the evidence of the truth that is in you, and you will prosper in all the areas of your life.”
Wow, how good is that? It is crystal clear. If you want success, meditate upon God’s Word. This psalm helps us know how to be successful. Just like a tree that has its roots connected to life-giving resources, so we must be connected to the living Word of God to prosper. How does a tree successfully produce fruit? The seed of the tree needs to be planted in good nutrient-rich soil and given life-sustaining water in order to reproduce. When you take water away from a tree, it takes time for the leaves to dry up and die. If water is not feeding the thirst of the tree, it will never produce fruit. Bernard Madoff looked successful from a distance, but he was like a decayed tree, all the time rotting on the inside with no life-giving nutrients feeding him from the outside.
How can this be? Really! That is all it takes! Meditate upon the Word, and you will have success. I have challenged thousands of people over the years. If they believe that the Word of God is living, active, and powerful (Hebrews 4:12), then they would also believe what Psalms 1:1-2 states. They would meditate upon the Word of God in the morning and mediate upon the Word of God at night. Here is a challenge for you. Can you write down 100 verses that have been put into the soil of your heart? If not it is time to start.
The Word, when sealed in your heart, becomes the way in which you will filter conversations, both internal and external. The Word of God becomes your reference for doing life and is contrary to the system of lies that fill the world. All the world gives is fool’s gold.
If a person would only decide to meditate upon the Word, what a transformation would occur. Just meditate upon one Bible verse a week, and you will seal 52 verses in your heart in one year, 520 verses in 10 years, and 1560 verses in 30 years. Do you want to prosper in your most important relationships? Do you want to succeed in your business? Do you want God to say, “Well done faithful servant?” If so, start meditating on God’s Word NOW.
In our next blog I will give you a skill that I use for meditating on God’s Word.