HOW TO PROSPER
"This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shall meditate therein day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shall make thy way prosperous, and then thou shall have good success. Joshua 1:8
This seems simple enough, but how many people really believe that meditating on the book of the law and keeping the commandments will really make you prosper... I know some people who believe it. The Jews. They still keep the commandments and they are the most blessed people on the face of the earth. They are hated because they are so blessed. They are the top of the entertainment industry, they are the bankers, doctors, lawyers, scientists, you name it! But, there is no doubt that as a people they are blessed by God.
Many of your favorite actors are Jews. Did you know that "little Joe" Cartwright, i.e. Michael Landon of Bonanza fame was a Jew? Also, Cary Grant, Paul Newman, Kirk Douglas, Peter Sellers, Goldie Hawn, Jane Seymour, Peter Falk, Leonard Nimoy, Tony Curtis, Red Buttons, William Shatner, Harrison Ford (His mother was Jewish) , Dustin Hoffman, Lauren Bacall, Edward G. Robinson, George Burns, Kevin Kline, Dinah Shore, Gwyneth Paltrow, Wynona Ryder, Matthew Broderick, Sarah Jessica Parker and so, so many more that the list just keeps on going? This doesn't even count popular comedians!
For fun sometime, just get online and type in "famous Jews" in the search engine. Your mind will be boggled. Their way has been made prosperous as promised and they have had good success. Are all Jews perfect law keepers? No, many are secular, but still yet, God has blessed them as a whole. Jews keep the Saturday Sabbath, the food laws, the High Days *(Leviticus 23) and because of their obedience to the Old Covenant, God has given them many physical blessings.
MEDITATE ON THE LAW FOR SUCCESS
1:1 Blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful.
2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he does shall prosper.
4 The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind drives away.
5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
6 For the LORD knows the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.
It says meditate night and day. You might say, "Hey, I can't do that, I have to work." Let God's ways be on your mind whenever you can. But, no joke, if you have the time, relax a little when you can and think about God's law.
When we relax our body and mind, we activate our sub-conscience minds. This is when we "load" new software on our brains "hard drive" and it will become automatic with time. People can make changes in their thinking. The easiest time is when the mind and body are completely relaxed. (Meditation)
And yes, the Bible is O.K. with meditation, Isaac meditated. David meditated. The New Testament mentions it. It's not magic. It is "controlled thinking." It is how we can have access (and make changes) to our subconscious minds. Sometimes we are on mental auto-pilot so much that we think that is the only way to think. Have you ever had unwanted thoughts? That is your brain on auto-pilot.
No, meditation is a good thing. It gets your mind out of auto-pilot mode and allows you to control what you put in your brain. Solomon said it best, "as a man thinks in his heart, so is he." (Proverbs 23:7) All humans have the ability to choose what they think to a degree. If you have "pop up" thoughts while you are meditating, don't worry about it, that's normal. Just go back to what you were trying to think on....
Meditation (on God's law and on other good things) is one way God has given us to load good thoughts deeply into our minds. Meditating on God's Law and His principles bring prosperity and blessings, now and forever.
ONLINE STREAMING SERMON: God and Repentance
Sermon given by James E. Throgmorton
Copyrighted by the Churches of God Can You Repent?