By Kenneth Copeland - kcm.org
So many born-again believers miss out on the world-overcoming victory that's theirs in Christ Jesus. They keep finding themselves 'under' the circumstances instead of 'on top,' and they can't figure out why. They've never understood a foundational truth about living the successful Christian life. They've never understood why it is so important to meditate on, or ponder and contemplate, The WORD of God.
Proverbs 4:20-22 says, 'My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.'
Notice that according to those verses, when you 'attend' to God's words they become 'sayings.' The Scriptures start talking to you. The Holy Spirit speaks them to you on the inside so you can not only see but hear the thoughts of God.
If you'll make the decision to take those thoughts by saying them on purpose over and over again, eventually you'll catch yourself saying them without having to decide to do it. When that happens, your thinking in that area will have been converted. God's thoughts will have become your own.
Suddenly, you will see something entirely different than the world sees. While they see drought, you see rivers. While they look at famine, you see feast. While they look at financial collapse, you see the riches of THE BLESSING.
I'm not saying all your circumstances will change overnight. It often takes time for the manifestation of THE BLESSING to become visible in this natural realm. But you can still 'see' it, because you only see the physical with your physical eyes. You see the spiritual with your mind and soul. Your brain collects information and turns it into images in your soul. Then you interpret those images and decide what to do with them.
Instead of looking at the circumstances around us, we can focus on The WORD of God. Instead of meditating on what the world says, we can spend our time meditating on what God says. As we do, The WORD will get on the inside of us and begin to change our thoughts, our health and our reality!
The word meditate means "to muse over, ponder, to plan in the mind, to purpose, or intend." The Greek word implies "to revolve somthing in the mind" and is also translated to imagine.God's will is revealed in God's word. You can plainly read a great deal about God's plans, desires, and will in the Holy Bible. What you read can change your life for good.
The Holy Bible isn't something that you should just read once in your life, but something that you need to read, reread, meditate on, speak out, listen to, and study as long as you live. The truths in the Bible become more clear as you read them again, and they worked their way into your spirit, where they give life and hope, and where they build faith. When you stay in the word of God, you will know what is God's will and what is not in most situations.
(7) If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. (8) This is to my Father's glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
(15) I will meditate on Your precepts, And contemplate Your ways. (16) I will delight myself in Your statutes;
I will not forget Your word.
21 But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, 22 even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference; 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, 26 to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.
4 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.