“He makes me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside quiet waters.
He restores my soul.”
—Psalm 23: 2-3
The foundation of Living an Abundant Life, once you have a personal relationship with the Lord, are learning to live by God's principles— life's roadmap.
The first step is to tap into this astonishing and outrageous promise from God found in the very first Psalm. Read the entire verse, but pay close attention to the bolded portion.
1 How blessed is the man who
does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,
Nor stand in the path of sinners,
Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!
2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
3 He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water,
Which yields its fruit in its season
And its leaf does not wither;
And in whatever he does, he prospers.
This Life Principle says that if we will SIMPLY meditate on His law, and do so because we delight ourselves in it, He promises that in whatever we do we WILL prosper!
But how, exactly, can this principle EASILY be carried out?
The way I went about it back in 1991 (the year the Lord first put in my heart God's desire to restore my marriage) when I discovered this principle, was to begin using index cards, 3x5 cards, and I wrote down every verse that I wanted to read to renew my mind and to strengthen me spiritually. I wrote many verses on one card and kept adding to them. I kept them with me at all times and pulled them out when I felt myself slipping into fear. I never had to try to memorize them, but very soon I found that they were "feeding" my soul. When I needed them my mind would find them, and my heart would say them over and over again.
He [Jesus] answered and said, "It is written, ' MAN SHALL NOT LIVE ON BREAD ALONE, BUT ON EVERY WORD THAT PROCEEDS OUT OF THE MOUTH OF GOD.'" Matthew 4:4
However, if you are not currently in a state of desperation as I was, the easiest method is to put your "target" or "key" verses right next to your bed. Read them FIRST when you wake up, and also AGAIN right before you go to sleep at night—in other words—meditating on them day and night! You can also link them on your phone or computer to Biblegateway, so you can read and listen—making His Word, His promises stick!
This was the wisdom the Lord gave to my teenage son when we discussed this Life Principle. All young men and women want to prosper, but there are no real guarantees given by the world. Only God is faithful and is our assurance! My son began meditating day and night while everyone watched his life prosper!
GET STARTED right now! Write this key verse Psalm 1 on an index card OR copy and paste them into an email or another document. Read them on your phone or print the verses off. Let the Lord lead you, which will be the next Living Lesson!
*Also, be sure to discuss this with Him by beginning or adding to your Journal.