Meditate On Jesus And Experience Good Success

Today’s Scripture

So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God [Christ].
Romans 10:17

UNDER THE NEW covenant, we get to meditate on the person of Jesus when we meditate on the Word. Jesus is the Word made flesh, and as you meditate on His love for you, on His finished work, on His forgiveness and on His grace, God guarantees that you will have good success.

[When you meditate on Jesus, your ways always become prosperous.]

You can just take one verse and meditate on Jesus’ love for you. For example, you can begin to mutter Psalm 23:1 under your breath: “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.” As you meditate on this simple verse, you begin to realize that the Lord is (present tense) your shepherd. A shepherd provides for his sheep, feeds them and protects them. Because Jesus is your shepherd, you shall not be in want for anything. You shall not lack wisdom, direction, provision—anything. You begin to see that Jesus is present with you, providing for you, watching out for you, and making sure that you and your family will have more than enough. Now, right at that moment, in that short period of meditating on Jesus, faith is imparted and your heart is encouraged with the reality that Jesus is with you, even when you are facing some challenges.

Whether you are a homemaker, salesperson or business owner, your soul will be nourished and strengthened when you meditate on Jesus. In fact, every time you meditate on God’s Word, Jesus will propel you into success without you even realizing it! Without you having to scheme, devise or make all sorts of plans, Jesus will direct your steps, lead you to the place that you are supposed to be at and cause doors of opportunity to supernaturally open wide for you. When you meditate on Jesus, your ways always become prosperous. Now, don’t be afraid to use the word “prosperous.” It’s God’s promise in the Bible. When you meditate (mutter) on Jesus day and night, the Bible says that “you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success” (Joshua 1:8)!

Some people think that they are prosperous once they have made their first million. But when you examine their lives, you find that somewhere along the way in their struggle to make more and more money, they have lost the very things that are really important. They may have built up an impressive investment portfolio, but their children want nothing to do with them anymore and they have hurt the people who once loved them. That is not true prosperity or good success.

When God blesses you with prosperity, financial blessings are included, but only as a small part of the whole. Good success from Jesus will never take you away from your church. It will never take you away from your loved ones. Most of all, it will never take you away from yourself. You will not wake up one day in the midst of your pursuit of success and find that you no longer know the person looking back at you in the mirror.

My friend, learn to meditate on the person of Jesus. He is your good success. When you have Him, you have everything. The Bible tells us that “faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” The word for “God” here in the original Greek text is Christos,1 referring to Christ. In other words, faith comes by hearing and hearing the Word of Christ.

Faith does not come just by hearing the Word of God. Faith comes by hearing the Word of Jesus and His finished work. In the same way, meditating on God’s Word is about meditating, muttering and hearing about Jesus. This does not mean that you read only the four Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. No, every page of the entire Bible from cover to cover points to the person of Jesus!

If you desire to experience good success in your life, then I encourage you to meditate on messages preached by ministries that are all about exalting the person of Jesus, His beauty, His unmerited favor and His perfect work for you on the cross. Listen to new covenant ministries that do not mix law and grace, but which rightly divide the Word of God and preach the unadulterated gospel of Jesus. The more you hear of Jesus and the cross, the more faith will be imparted to you and you will experience good success in your life!

Today’s Prayer

Father, I thank You that Your ways are ways of rest. All I have to do is meditate on Jesus and His Word, and He will direct my steps, lead me to the place that I am supposed to be at and cause doors of opportunity to supernaturally open wide for me. Open up Your Words of life to me as I meditate on Jesus, His love for me, His finished work, His forgiveness and His grace.

Today’s Thought
When I meditate on Jesus, I will make my way prosperous and have good success.

~ Joseph Prince ~

Evening Prayer

Aren’t two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. Even all the hairs on your head are numbered.
Matt 10:29-30 NET

O strange and wild is the world of men
Which the eyes of the Lord must see—
With continents, inlands, tribes, and tongues,
With multitudes bond and free!
All kings of the earth bow down to him,
And yet—he can think of me.

For none can measure the mind of God
Or the bounds of eternity,
He knows each life that has come from him,
To the tiniest bird and bee,
For the love of his heart is so deep and wide
That it takes in even me.
– Mary E. Allbright

Prayer

Almighty God, cause me to look out this morning, and open wide my eyes, that I may see what great preparation thou hast made that I might live. May I be ashamed to start wrong and be unworthy of the glory of this day. Amen.

Daily Light

Evening

“For whatever the Father does, the Son does likewise.”
John 5:19 NET

For the Lord gives wisdom, and from his mouth comes knowledge and understanding.—“For I will give you the words along with the wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to withstand or contradict.”

Rely on the Lord! Be strong and confident! Rely on the Lord!—“My grace is enough for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”

Those who are called, wrapped in the love of God the Father.—He who makes holy and those being made holy all have the same origin, and so he is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters.—“Do you not know that I am everywhere?” the Lord asks.—The fullness of him who fills all in all.

I, I am the Lord, and there is no deliverer besides me.—“This one really is the Savior of the world.”

Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior!

Prov 2:6, Luke 21:15, Ps 27:14, 2 Cor 12:9, Jude 1:1, Heb 2:11, Jer 23:24, Eph 1:23, Isa 43:11, John 4:42, Titus 1:4

Evening Devotional

“I found him whom my soul loveth: I held him, and would not let him go.”
Son 3:4

Does Christ receive us when we come to him, notwithstanding all our past sinfulness? Does he never chide us for having tried all other refuges first? And is there none on earth like him? Is he the best of all the good, the fairest of all the fair? Oh, then let us praise him! Daughters of Jerusalem, extol him with timbrel and harp! Down with your idols, up with the Lord Jesus. Now let the standards of pomp and pride be trampled under foot, but let the cross of Jesus, which the world frowns and scoffs at, be lifted on high. O for a throne of ivory for our King Solomon! Let him be set on high for ever, and let my soul sit at his footstool, and kiss his feet, and wash them with my tears. Oh, how precious is Christ! How can it be that I have thought so little of him? How is it I can go abroad for joy or comfort when he is so full, so rich, so satisfying. Fellow believer, make a covenant with thine heart that thou wilt never depart from him, and ask thy Lord to ratify it. Bid him set thee as a signet upon his finger, and as a bracelet upon his arm. Ask him to bind thee about him, as the bride decketh herself with ornaments, and as the bridegroom putteth on his jewels. I would live in Christ’s heart; in the clefts of that rock my soul would eternally abide. The sparrow hath made a house, and the swallow a nest for herself where she may lay her young, even thine altars, O Lord of hosts, my King and my God; and so too would I make my nest, my home, in thee, and never from thee may the soul of thy turtle dove go forth again, but may I nestle close to thee, O Jesus, my true and only rest.

“When my precious Lord I find,
All my ardent passions glow;
Him with cords of love I bind,
Hold and will not let him go.”

~ Charles Spurgeon ~

Thomas The Apostle

The other apostles held Jesus in reverence because of some special and outstanding trait of his replete personality, but Thomas revered his Master because of his superbly balanced character. Increasingly Thomas admired and honored one who was so lovingly merciful yet so inflexibly just and fair; so firm but never obstinate; so calm but never indifferent; so helpful and so sympathetic but never meddlesome or dictatorial; so strong but at the same time so gentle; so positive but never rough or rude; so tender but never vacillating; so pure and innocent but at the same time so virile, aggressive, and forceful; so truly courageous but never rash or foolhardy; such a lover of nature but so free from all tendency to revere nature; so humorous and so playful, but so free from levity and frivolity. It was this matchless symmetry of personality that so charmed Thomas.

Dear Jesus

While you wait in My Presence, I do My best work within you: transforming you by the renewing of your mind. Do not skimp on this vital time with Me.

Dear Jesus,

When there is work staring me in the face, it’s a challenge to wait in Your Presence. My eager, active mind wants to plunge into the day’s duties so that I can scratch them off my to-do list. I struggle to remember that Your work is more important than mine; I need to give You time to transform me.

Beloved, consider the work I am doing in you. Among other things, I am renovating your mind—a big job! As I shine the Light of My Presence into your mind, darkness flees and deception is unmasked. However, there are many crevices in your brain: places where old thought patterns tend to hide. My Spirit within you can search out and destroy those enemies, but He awaits your cooperation. Perhaps you consider waiting in My Presence a passive use of time, but it actually requires a lot of effort. Habitual ways of thinking do not die easily. When the Spirit shines His light on a hurtful thought pattern, you need to capture it by writing it down. Then bring it to Me, so we can examine it together. I will help you find the distortions and replace them with biblical truth.

The more you focus on Me and My Word, the more you can break free from distorted thoughts. Most of the distortions stem from childhood or from traumatic experiences you have endured. So the patterns are deeply etched into your brain. You may need to recapture the same thought many times before you gain mastery over it. But all that effort leads to a marvelous result: increased freedom to think My thoughts and commune deeply with Me. Wait with Me while I renovate you—from the inside out!

I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope.
Psalm 130:5

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
Romans 12:2

We take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
2 Corinthians 10:5

~ Sarah Young ~

God Is Only About Love

Imagine if God stood by our side when we worked, and was pleased with how we coped with things. Instead of wishing we would pay more attention to him. Instead of frowning upon us for not focusing on him all the time.
He is pleased with us. He does stand by our side.

Imagine if God didn’t stand back from us, thinking we’re not pure enough of heart, telling us our intentions aren’t good enough. Telling us we should be good and kind and wholesome at all times.

God isn’t like that. He accepts us as we are.

And what if God thought well of us, and was pleased with us when we worked hard? If he was proud of what we did for a living, even if it had nothing to do with him? Was pleased if we worked well, even if we didn’t save people?

God is proud when we work hard. We don’t have to evangelize for him all the time. We can just be ourselves.

God is completely good. Completely kind. He loves us without judgment.
He thinks the best of us, like a loving best friend. He always sees our good side, and nurtures and reassures us.

He doesn’t have expectations, judgments, structures, rules. All he wants to do is love and help us. Love and help us.

God is only about love. He’s completely good and perfect. There’s nothing about God that’s judgmental or unkind. Nothing that’s disapproving or harsh.

God is only about love. We tell ourselves otherwise. We’re told otherwise, and believe otherwise. But if we try to believe the truth — try to find the truth — we’d discover a God who’s completely loving and kind, and only has our best interests at heart. He isn’t mad at us. He isn’t upset with us. He doesn’t think badly of us.

God is only about love. It needs to be said, over and over, until we can’t imagine otherwise.

~ Mona Hanna ~