The Restorer’s Devotion – Serge Solomons
WINNING IN LIFE
“Winning Starts With God”
1 COR. 9: 24-25 (AMP)
“Do you not know that in a race all the runners compete, but [only] one receives the prize? SO RUN [YOUR RACE] THAT YOU MAY LAY HOLD [OF THE PRIZE] AND MAKE IT YOURS. Now every athlete who goes into training conducts himself temperately and restricts himself IN ALL THINGS They do it TO WIN a wreath that will soon wither, but we [do it to receive a crown of eternal blessedness] that cannot wither” (Emphasis my own)
JOSHUA 1:8 (AMP)
“This book of the law shall NOT DEPART OUT OF YOUR MOUTH, but you shall MEDITATE ON IT day and night, that you may OBSERVE AND DO according to all that is written in it. FOR THEN you shall make YOUR WAY PROSPEROUS, and DEAL WISELY and HAVE GOOD SUCCESS” (Emphasis my own)
The Holy Spirit through Paul says that just like an athlete the believer is in the race of life. We are instructed that just as athletes we need to be mindful of this race, prepare for it accordingly so that we run in such a way that we ultimately win the eternal prize. This prize does not refer to salvation- we are saved solely by what Jesus did; however we can live life in such a way that qualifies us for eternal rewards.
For example are we fulfilling our life’s purpose or are we living out our Divine Calling?
In the second verse we note that God gives Joshua a clue in how to win with God and thus in life. Joshua is instructed to confess the word (it shall not depart from your mouth). We need to constantly declare and confess the word of God over our lives and circumstances. Confessing God’s Word flows from first believing God’s Word. “But since we have the same spirit of faith as that shown in what is written, I believed; therefore I spoke, we also believe, therefore we also speak” 2 Cor. 4:13. We need to express the “spirit of faith” hidden in the Scriptures especially, when we face the internal voices of fear, inadequacy, shame and powerlessness. We need to fight these debilitating thoughts by spoken word!
Joshua is further instructed to meditate and “mentally chew” on the word for the purpose of implementation i.e. it is God’s desire that we meditate on the ways we will apply the word to our lives. Meditating on the Word of God is premised upon two basic departure points 1) That we are absolutely convinced that God’s Word the Truth and 2) That through obedience it will produce the result it promises to produce. The New Testament reveals that we should humbly receive the Word of God (“So get rid of all uncleanness and the outgrowth of wickedness, and in a humble (gentle, modest) spirit receive and welcome the Word which implanted and rooted [in your hearts] contains THE POWER TO SAVE your souls” James 1:21) as a seed implanted, the process of meditation then is like fertilising and nurturing the implanted word until it fully forms our faith which is expressed in action/ behaviour.
God promises that when we do this that our lives will be prosperous and filled with success. What a promise from God!
Winning in life starts with believing God, confessing his Word and meditating on how to implement and apply it in our lives.
Father, thank you that you have clearly shown us how to achieve success in life. Thank you for your precious promises that allows us to experience the Divine life you impart to us through Jesus. I pray that you will constantly remind me to live out these words you spoke to Joshua, that I may too experience prosperity and success in life. I ask it in Jesus Name Amen.
Become who you were destined to be!