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Self-Talk Your Way To Prosperity and Good Success

What we say to ourselves will determine our final outcome. About 2,010,000,000 results were discovered using “Self-talk” on a quick Google search.

Self-talk is your internal dialogue. It’s influenced by your subconscious mind, and it reveals your thoughts, beliefs, questions, and ideas.

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Talk or thoughts directed at oneself.

Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary

Self-Talk is identified as positive or negative. A lot of teaching today encourages positive self-talk to bring affirmation and support. Negative self-talk is blamed for creating mental disorders such as depression and anxiety.

According to Merriam Webster the first use of the term self-talk was in 1737. However, the concept of self-talk is not less than 300 years old as Mr. Webster has proposed for the use of the term.

God is the originator of self-talk. He commanded it. He explained it. He did not label it positive or negative. He called it “The Book of the Law”.

In the book of Joshua, God told Joshua to meditate (self-talk) the Book of the Law day and night. God said the self-talk would make Joshua careful to do all that was written in it. The outcome of the self-talk would be prosperity and good success for Joshua.

Since God is the same yesterday, today, and forever; His idea of self-talk hasn’t changed. God wants us to use His Word, The Bible. He wants us to self-talk His Word. The purpose of self-talk is to promote obedience to His way of doing things. When we self-talk our way to properly adhere to God, the path of our life is prosperous and we have good success.

It is not just about scripture memorization. It is about scripture self-talk. It is the internal dialogue that changes your thoughts, attitudes, and actions to be God’s thoughts, attitudes, and actions. It is a “renewing of your mind”. (Romans 12:2)

Begin today, self-talk the scripture day and night. Then, your way will be prosperous and you will have good success.

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

Joshua 1:8

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When Was Jesus Declared With Power to be the Son of God?

Two times scripture records God’s verbal declaration Jesus was His beloved Son. The first time was when Jesus came up out of the baptismal waters. God spoke from Heaven and said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” (Matthew 3:17, Mark 1:11, Luke 3:22) The second time was on the Mount of Transfiguration. God spoke from Heaven saying, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” (Matthew 17:5, Mark 9:7, Luke 9:35)

Both of these experiences were powerful. However, they did not declare with power Jesus was the Son of God. Romans 1:4 tells us that it was the resurrection of Jesus which declared with power Jesus was the Son of God.

It is the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead that gives a living hope for all who trust Jesus as their Savior. The same power that raised Christ Jesus from the dead raises us out of our sins to live in newness of life with Christ. (Romans 6:4, 8:11)

This is only possible through a changed mind. It is the kindness of the Lord that leads men to repentance. (Romans 2:4) It is not God’s will any perish, but all come to a changed mind. (2 Peter 3:9)

God’s whole plan was to declare to the world with power Jesus was the Son of God. That happened three days after Jesus died for the sins of the world. It happened early in the morning on the first day of the week before the women appeared at the tomb and heard the words, “He is not here, He is risen just as He said.” (Matthew 28:6)

Have you done the following in regards to this declaration with power?

  • Heard Jesus is the Son of God. (John 11:25)
  • Received Jesus as your personal Savior. . . with a changed mind and heart. (Acts 2:21)
  • Been born again by the same power that raised Jesus from the dead. (John 3:3)
  • Begun to walk in newness of life . . .thinking and doing things pleasing to God. (Galatians 5:16)

Romans 1 provides some mindsets to avoid to ensure you are joined to the Son of God who was declared to be so with power.

  • They knew God but glorified Him not as God (Romans 1:21)
  • They were unthankful (Romans 1:21)
  • They did not like to retain God in their thinking (acknowledge God, approve of God, consider Him worth knowing) (Romans 1:28)

Have you experienced Jesus to be the Son of God with power in your life? Walk in the resurrection power of God every day by doing the opposite of those who did not please God. To ensure you please God and walk in this resurrection power Know God, Glorify God, be thankful, acknowledge God, approve of God, and consider God worth knowing. Then, you will experience the Son of God with power.

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A WORD ABOUT THE FAITHFULNESS OF GOD

The song, “Great Is Thy Faithfulness,” is a loved classic among followers of God. What exactly is God’s faithfulness? Why is it so great?

Take the time to look up the lyrics of this song. Whether you are familiar with the song or not, reading hymn lyrics enlarges your understanding and captures your attention toward God.

Loyalty is another way to explain the faithfulness of God. He is a companion who never gives up, a caregiver, and our provider. God is steadfast and unchanging in His trustworthiness. He stays close by us through hard times and good times.

The greatness of God’s faithfulness can be expressed in many ways. God has a huge store of greatness. He is great in mercy and compassion. He has a huge ability to suffer a long time on behalf of someone else. He can take a lot of “junk” and does not abandon them.

Psalm 89 tells us so beautifully of God’s faithfulness through displays in nature. The sun and moon are used as a daily visual reminder of God’s faithfulness. Take some time to meditate on Psalm 89. Experience how the faithfulness of God will remain as sure, steady, and expected as the sun rising in the morning and the display of the moon at night.

Probably the most cheering news of God’s faithfulness is the presence of God that will never leave or forsake. Deuteronomy 31:6 are God’s direct words through Moses that God would never leave or forsake Joshua. The verse is rehearsed again in the New Testament, in Hebrews 13:5, encouraging the follower of Christ. The words are meant to spur the follower of God on to confidence in God because God is loyal to them to never leave or forsake them.

We could not leave the subject of faithfulness without mentioning Isaiah 41:10. We are instructed in this text to be strong and of good courage. God is with us, never leaving us, and not only that, but He is holding us up by His hand that gets things done. He is working on our behalf.

This brings us to a final Scripture for instruction about God’s faithfulness in the life of a believer. It is God who works in us both to want to do and to do what is pleasing in His eyes. Philippians 2:13 conveys this quality of the faithfulness of God.

Think back over Joshua 15. This chapter is a culmination of what God has been doing in the life of His people for over 40 years. God has been working to give them this land. It is in this chapter we see God distributing to them what He has had for them for a long time. God is faithful to do what He has promised.

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5 REASONS GOD CHOSE YOU TO BE HIS

You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

1 Peter 2:9

In this one passage we find 5 reasons God chose you to be His.

REASON ONE – Race

God selected you to be a part of a group of people of one origin. He wanted you to be His “kin” or His “folk”. He chose you from the father of this world and made you His own. He gave you the gift to belong to His own origin by His own favor and benevolence. “By grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.” (Ephesians 2:8)

REASON TWO – Priesthood

God picked you to be in close contact with Him. He made the way for you to be brought near to Him. “Now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.” (Ephesians 2:13) The blood of Jesus poured out on your behalf made the way for you to come into the presence of God, in close communion with Him.

REASON THREE – Nation

God elected you to be a participant in the customs and culture of the purity of His nature. The distinguishing and “set apart” essence of God is the atmosphere of your conduct. Before the foundation of the world, God chose you to be part of His nation. “He chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him.” (Ephesians 1:4)

REASON FOUR – His Own

God called you to belong to Him. He desired to take ownership of you. He desired to take care of you. He wanted to give you a hope and a future. He wanted to surround us with His love, care, and provision. “To purify for himself a people for his own possession” (Titus 2:14) God desired to give you abundant life by getting rid of everything in your life that kills, steals, and destroys. (John 10:10)

REASON FIVE – His Promotion

You were God’s exclusive choice so that you could promote Him. Without God you had no hope in the world. (Ephesians 2:12) He called you out of the darkness and gloom of your current state to bring you into His glorious kingdom of light and virtue. He took you out of the land of bondage to bring you into the land of abundance. You didn’t choose Him, but He chose you. He chose you to display the excellencies of His greatness, the virtue of His character. It can be described as the great love of God to redeem the dead and make them alive. “God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved” (Ephesians 2:4-5)

DID YOU NOTICE . . .

Did you notice there was nothing in you that made Him choose you. He chose you because of His own glory and virtue. You were selected because of His benevolence. Deuteronomy 7 explains to the people God brought out of Egypt the reason God chose them was because the Lord loved them. The Lord chose the people to be His because He promised to redeem them and make them His own. He did not set His love on them because of anything about them. He purposed to love them because of who He was, not because of who they were.

WHAT SHOULD BE OUR RESPONSE . . .

God chose us. We did not choose Him. Therefore, what should be our response to His merciful and gracious choosing? (Deuteronomy 7:9-11, 2 Timothy 2:15)

  • Know the Lord is God. He is faithful. He is merciful. He shows wrath to disobedient.
  • Keep the commandments, statutes, and judgments of the Lord. Observe all God says and do it.

WHAT WILL BE THE RESULT . . .

When we know the Lord and follow His ways, the result is abundant life. (Deuteronomy 7:12-15, John 10:10, John 15:16)

  • God will remember His covenant of forgiveness, love you, bless you, and take away your sicknesses.
  • You will display much evidence of God’s virtue showing you belong to Him.

GOD CHOSE US, LET US CHOOSE TO RESPOND APPROPRIATELY TO HIM.

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HAS GOD MAGNIFIED YOU IN THE EYES OF YOUR CHILDREN?

On that day the Lord magnified Joshua in the sight of all Israel; and they feared him.

Joshua 4:14

How many parents would love for their children to honor them? The first commandment with a promise is “Honour thy father and mother.” (Ephesians 6:2) The value of parents being respected by children is life-changing. The promise of following this way God established is “that it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.” (Ephesians 6:3)

Children would do well to heed this instruction. If they want a good, long life; they need to respect and follow their parent’s leadership. God established this parental-authority. God promotes this leader-follower lifestyle. Likewise, parents would do well to understand the magnitude of their responsibility in the life of their children.

In the book of Joshua in the Old Testament, Joshua was set as the leader over the children of Israel. The people were to follow Joshua into the promised land, the land God had given them. Very early in the leadership of Joshua, God determined he would exalt Joshua as the leader in the eyes of the people. That means God enabled the people to see Joshua as the one who would be making the decisions and their position would be to listen and follow.

Joshua never asked for God to magnify him in the eyes of the people. God chose to magnify Joshua. God determined the people would follow and that Joshua would lead them.

When parents have children, God has determined the parents are the leaders and the children are the followers. This is the proper order and promotes wellness and longevity.

Joshua was already established as the leader of the children of Israel before God “magnified Joshua in the sight of all Israel.” What made the difference? What had Joshua done? Why was it necessary for Joshua to be exalted as the leader?

God had allowed the children of Israel to see Joshua as their leader. Therefore, they recognized themselves as the followers. They were to listen to Joshua’s instruction and do what he said to do. God enabled the children of Israel to intrinsically know they would have a better future by following the leadership of Joshua.

Joshua had shown himself faithful as a follower. He had been first and foremost a follower of God. Then, he had been a “right-hand-man” to Moses. Joshua had learned from Moses’ leadership. Moses had mentored Joshua.

At one time, Joshua had been the follower and now it was his turn to lead. As the leader, Joshua was responsible to make decisions that would impact all the people who would come after him for generations. If he made the wrong decision, many people could be killed, leaving widows and orphans in the aftermath. It was absolutely necessary for the people to do things just as Joshua directed because if they didn’t, the outcome of the plan would be affected. Even if Joshua made the right decisions, if the people did not listen and follow, the outcome would be disastrous.

When we consider our roles as parents, it is very important to ensure we have the same mind-set that Joshua had. We must make sure we are doing the following:

  • FOLLOWING GOD
  • FOLLOWING OTHER GOOD LEADERS
  • UNDERSTANDING THE DECISIONS WE MAKE ARE IMPACTING GENERATIONS TO COME

It was Joshua’s commitment to God, his leaders, and his understanding of the importance of making right decisions that caused God to magnify Joshua in the sight of all Israel.

When we as parents set our house in order to ensure we are following God, following good leaders, and understand the decisions we make within our four walls are impacting generations to come; then God will exalt us in the eyes of our children. It is when we are faithful in our responsibilities we can look to God to enable the children we are leading to be faithful in their responsibility to follow. God will enable children to see the parents as the ones who would be making the decisions and their position would be to listen and follow.

Psalm 23 ends with the words, “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.” The life of Joshua was a life of goodness and mercy. His life was a life of obtaining the promises of God, living in the light of His love, and experiencing the compassions of the Great God Almighty. Joshua is now living in the house of the Lord forever.

May our prayer to God be to make us leaders in our home as Joshua was for the children of Israel – and – ask God to magnify our leadership in the eyes of our children. The outcome of this leadership will impact generations to come with a desire to follow, have good, live long, experience mercy, and live forever under God’s care.