Keep God’s Word in Your Mouth.
This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt
meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all
that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then
thou shalt have good success.
This morning we continue our series on
“Expanding Your Capacity to Believe God.” I mentioned three success keys that
the Lord gave Joshua in this verse. The first one was to keep the Word of God
in his mouth. I felt led to stay there again this morning.
Why was it so important that Joshua keep
the Word (the promises) of God in his mouth? Because the nation of Israel was
about to experience the greatest change of their lives. Joshua and Caleb were
the only people still alive from the previous generation. They were born in
slavery and did not know what it was like to experience “Abraham like”
blessings. The stories were passed down from generation to generation, but all
they knew was slavery, then the wilderness. The rest of the people (millions in
number) were born in the wilderness. God fed them manna from heaven every
day. Manna was all they had ever eaten. No matter how good of a picture
Joshua and Caleb painted for them of Canaan, the “Land flowing with milk and
honey,” they still did not really know what they were about to receive.
They had never tasted a grape, or a fig, or a steak. This was a huge change.
This is why it was so critically important for Joshua to speak success and not
failure, victory and not defeat, faith and not doubt.
People don’t like change and when they
think about change, they normally expect things to change for the worse. You
get strange looks from others when you begin to speak positive and expect great
things to happen. Praise God!
what does this mean to you today?It means that,
like Joshua, whenever you prepare for great things to happen in your life, you
will have to overcome the doubt and unbelief of nay-sayers. Don’t let the
negativity of others weigh you down. Stand firm on the promises of God.
Speak life and not death, blessing and not cursing, and success and not
for this day: Lord God. The power of death and life
are in my tongue. I choose to expect to be blessed and I make my words line up
with my expectation. I do not speak any negative over my life, nor the lives of
my family members. I speak life and not death and I receive Your favour. I
expand my capacity to believe and I expect to receive greater things in future!