King David, a man who was called in scriptures the Apple of God’s eye, sat down and wrote as he was moved by the Spirit of God Psalms 1:1-3:
(1)”How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!
(2)”But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night”
(3)”He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season And its leaf does not wither; And in whatever he does, he prospers.” (NASB)
David uses two approaches in this Psalm:
- People to stay away from,
- And what to practice
David, apparently, understood that the people you associate with can either lift you up or bring you down. To those wanting success with God and prosperity in life must avoid, Like the Plague, the following personalities:
- Wicked people, especially the advice of wicked people
- Non-bashful, unashamed sinners. People who know they are doing wrong and are proud of it. Avoid, if at all possible, patterning your life after theirs (i.e ungodly celebrities, ungodly athletes, the playboy or girl down the street, crooked business people, the raging addict at work.
These type of people and behaviors will keep your mind away from God and His perfect will for your life.
Now, what do you practice?
Meditation on the law or word of God all day long.
How do you meditate on God’s word?
- First, you ask the Lord in prayer to speak to you through His scriptures.
- Then, you take a verse/s that is relevant to your situation and you read it over and over. Each time grasping the golden nuggets of truth that it is revealing to you.
- You memorize it; thinking about it and what it is saying to you through-out your day.
You will be surprised to discover what one verse or one chapter will reveal concerning your issues in life.
NOTE: It is important, however, to meditate on the promises of God, or verses that reveal how God sees you as a child of God. Verses that teach righteousness.
Notice how King David introduces his meditation psalm by focusing on people to avoid. Why?
Due to the fact that focusing on evil people and evil behavior is, in itself, a type of meditation. What we think about the most is who we become!
- If I, for instance, think on the goodness of God, I become a grateful person.
- If I constantly think on gossip, I become a gossipy person.
- If I think, on the other hand, on the scripture calling me the “righteous of God in Christ Jesus”(2 Cor. 5:21). I began to walk in the righteousness bestowed upon me by faith.
- Or, if I think about sex or perversion all day, I become a sex addict or pervert,
- Then again, if I concentrate on loving my neighbor as I love my self, I become a kind and a loving person.
Let me repeat; what we think about the most is who we become.
If you are tired of being worldly minded knowing that this is causing you to become bound to sin, then become Heavenly minded.
It might sound strange now, but your joy will be FULL and your life will become more relevant. You won’t become weird, as Sid Roth likes to say, “you will become normal.”
TAKE A MOMENT:
Now do me a favor and take a moment to focus on what sin that you have been struggling with the most. Now take another moment and focus on what or whom you have been thinking about the most in any given week. Now you can see the connection between your sins and your thoughts.
THE REASONING BEHIND THIS:
According to scripture the word of God is “living” (Hebrews 4:12) and a “sword” (Ephesians 6:7). It is a weapon of warfare against evil thoughts and evil deeds. You are to use it as spiritual offense against the enemy of your soul and against the weakness of your flesh and ungodly thoughts.
IT WILL CONTINUE TO FIGHT AS LONG AS YOU USE IT TO FIGHT. And it will eventually WIN!
By following king David’s divinely inspired advice, you will become unshakable, learn to stand firm, and begin to prosper in all areas of your life. A-men
P.S. Remember God loves you more than you can even image, and I love you as well!