Here is what God has to say about prosperity and success:
Joshua 1:8 (ESV) ** bible.com
8 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.
Unlike our culture which often equates money to prosperity and success, God cares far more about the condition of my heart, mind and relationships. Money can’t buy peace, love, and joy.
Oops, I lost my train of thought – now back to prosperity. Since I started making scripture memorization a much higher priority in my life, I have seen substantial progress in exchanging things like anger and lust for things like peace and joy. My reason for meditating on scripture day and night is to know God, love God and walk with God. When I fill my thought-life with God’s word and speak God’s truth over my life, God’s goodness overflows in every part of my life and makes it far easier to do according to all that is written in God’s Word.
Considering my own personal experience so far, I have decided that in the month of June, I am going to challenge myself to meditate and speak the ten scriptures cited on this page every day for 30 days. I am making this a public challenge and inviting anyone who would like to join me to memorize the same scriptures completely by the end of the month.
What follows below are the remaining nine scriptures, with an explanation of why I believe they are important enough for me to meditate on them every day (not just during the challenge). I will also share a way that you can make the process of memorizing scripture easier. Even with the tools and methods I use it requires a significant amount of effort, but I believe it is worth it. If you join me in this challenge, I will pray for your success and look forward to hearing a good report from everyone who takes the challenge.
Galatians 6:8 (ESV) ** bible.com
8 For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.
The more I plant good seeds in my life, the more I will produce good fruit. If I am constantly double-minded, sowing to both my flesh and to the Spirit, my life will be a mess.
Matthew 22:36-40 (ESV) ** bible.com
36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”
Love for God and others needs to be at the center of everything I do.
John 3:16 (ESV) ** bible.com
16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
God loves me so much that He sent His own Son to die for my prosperity.
Luke 9:23-24 (ESV) ** bible.com
23 And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. 24 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.
Christ instructs me to follow his example by crucifying my desires so that I may gain His eternal life.
Romans 12:1-2 (ESV) ** bible.com
1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
The Apostle Paul urges me to crucify my desires as an act of spiritual worship so that I will gain the mind of Christ.
Galatians 2:20 (ESV) ** bible.com
20 I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
I need to constantly remind myself throughout the day that things do not need to go my way. I think it is human nature for everyone to want to be in control of nearly everything in their life. This can lead to anger, fear, anxiety, resentment, etc. If I remind myself that it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me, it is easier to maintain a healthier perspective.
Colossians 3:15 (ESV) ** bible.com
15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.
When I am focused on how much God loves me and how I can show my love for Him, I find that I have way more peace in my life and it easier to be thankful instead of complaining.
John 11:35 (ESV) ** bible.com
35 Jesus wept.
This verse reminds me that Jesus was fully human and struggled with the same issues in His life that we struggle with. He may have had peace, but his life was not without challenges.
Matthew 28:18-20 (ESV) ** bible.com
18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
When I am thinking like Jesus, I will do the things He did. That is what His parting words to His disciples were. Jesus memorized scripture and quoted it throughout the Bible. Will you join me in following His example for 30 days?
If you decide to join me, please leave a comment below or on Facebook to let me know so I can pray for you. Besides praying for you, I would be glad to provide any help you might need to learn how to use the Scripture Typer app on a smart phone. This is a great tool that makes memorizing scripture much easier. I have already written about how to use the Android version of the app and will try to figure out a way to write about the iPhone version. If you decide to use the app, be sure to join the Solid Life group and add the 30 Day Challenge scripture collection to your account.
I also have another post that discusses scripture memorization, if you care to read more of my thoughts on the topic.