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FROM THE WORD
Our small group decided to read "Battlefield of the Mind" by Joyce Meyer. We found a workbook online to accompany the book. Every week we study two or three chapters, filling out the questions in the book. We then discuss what we've learned when we gather together.
In one of the chapters, we had to read Psalm 1 and answer some questions about it.
One question was about the results of meditating on the Word of God. I want to share what I noticed when answering the question.
Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked,
or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers.
But they delight in the law of the LORD, meditating on it day and night.
They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do.
A tree planted along a riverbank is a tree that always has enough water. Meditating the Word of God ensures our spirits get the necessary water to sustain us.
The Word aids us in bringing forth fruit. In John 15:5 Jesus calls Himself the Vine and we are the branches. He instructs us to remain in Him, and for His words to remain in us, so we can bear fruit. One way of allowing the Word to remain in us is by meditating on it.
The next part of verse 3 says the leaves of the trees planted along the riverbank won't wither. I think this is saying when we meditate on God's Word we will be refreshed and strengthened in the spirit.
Verse three ends with these words: "...and they prosper in all they do." Hiding God's Word in your heart by reading and meditating on it ensures the Holy Spirit has something to work with.
He can bring those words back to your memory and use it to prompt you to do God's will. Doing the will of God always lead to prospering in what we do.
Spending time with the Lord in the Word is a very special privilege and a necessary part of our relationship with Him.
I want to encourage you to take some time today to read and meditate God's Word. The Word will water your spirit, refresh you and give your strength. It will give the Holy Spirit words to bring to your remembrance to help you do the will of God. The Word that abides in you, along with the power of Jesus, will bring forth fruit that glorifies the Lord.
Become like the tree planted along the riverbank!