Be Strong and Courageous

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SUNDAY 20 AUGUST 2017

The Old Testament is full of people - real people; whose lives are messy, their families dysfunctional and their obedience not always full or immediate, yet God used them.  Our study of their lives is to bring perspective, hope and instruction to ours - to recognise that at times we are tempted to sanitise or selectively interact with their stories and in that way make them heroes.  The reality is that their stories are powerful because they are human like us and face the same temptations and frailty that we do - yet God used them.

Meditation (hagah and siyach) means to roll a word, thought or phrase around in the mind, continually contemplating, pondering and dwelling upon it, viewing it from every angle, weighing it and considering it carefully.  Not just once, but over and over again - until you begin to talk to yourself about it, allowing it to infiltrate, permeate and saturate your thinking.

Scripture meditation, is the digestive system of the soul - it is the process by which we apply, absorb and internalise truth as a working principle into our daily lives.

Just as natural food is taken into our bodies and the digestive system absorbs it, that’s the same with the process of meditating on the Word of God – it’s the process by which spiritual food is absorbed into our spirits and transformed into spiritual faith and energy, making Biblical principles working realities in our daily lives.

The underlying secret to Joshua’s success was his continual process of meditating on the Word of God and the Word of God being the filter that determines action. His ability to be strong and courageous and to step into all that God called him to be, was constantly meditating on the Word of God - allowing it to shape his every thought, attitude and behaviour.  From strategy for setting up economies, households, businesses, families, for temptation, for battle - everything shaped by the Word of God.

Throughout the bible and history we see this it in the change makers, the Word of God was the shaper of their hearts, minds and behaviours.  So what does this look like for you? What is your practice of ingesting, and meditating looking like?  What’s your tangible step to increase this in your daily life?