You have to think differently.... Really!
What the Bible says about Starting Over- part 4
"8 Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." (Joshua 1:8-9)
This man Joshua is about to take 3 million plus people into a land where there were 7 different nations larger and stronger than they were. Forty years before, a team of 12 delegated spies had gone into this same land and told Moses and the people "We are just like grasshoppers next to them." These people were raised in the families of people who had complained, criticized, and been so stubborn that God himself declared them to be unfit to enter the Promise land. Now Joshua, without his mentor's help, must lead them into the new land.
Do you ever feel like it is an uphill battle?? Do you feel that there are so many things against you?? Joshua had this incredible task in front of him. Soooooo...God tells him,"You can no longer think the way you have been thinking. Joshua, from now on you must put MY WORDS and MY TYHOIUGHTS into your mind and mouth. You will have to be strong and gutsy to make this great change happen. What really has to change from now on Joshua is the way you think"
The Lord did not tell Joshua to think "happy thoughts" or like my dentist would tell my just before he would drill a hole through my tooth and out my jaw, "just think about the beach, Bob" No God told him to engraft His own words in to his feelings and thinking. God's thoughts needed to be second nature to him. The word of God can change you because it is "alive and active." It has a life of its own. When we begin to think with scripture we are adding a life giving thing to our thoughts.
"This book of the law shall not DEPART,"-there will be times when you want to revert back to your old thinking. It will take courage to really change your thinking, because there will be times when it seems like this bible thing just doesn't work and you will want to give up.
"Be strong and courageous." But there is an addition that makes it complete. God says, "For the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." Real success is not a matter of strength and courage alone, but strength and courage that comes from the knowledge that God is with us.
Ordeman is pastor of International Christian Church in Brownsville. He can be reached at iccenter.org/refocus