Taming The Tongue
heart, it meant we memorised them by repetition. In Joshua 1, Chapter 8, He said these words that I speak shall be in
your mouth, shall not depart our of your mouth He said, but you'll meditate on them day and night to do them, and
then you will make your own way prosperous. This is what you need to do. I'll share this in more detail in another
thing. I'll just make a focus on it, and show you how to do it. We have done this overseas with large numbers of
people hungry for God, and got them meditating in the word of God, and they began to encounter and experience the
reality of God. Meditation opens the way for you to begin to experience the reality of God, so m editating. So what do I
meditate? The Lord is my shepherd, so I need to picture, and see that as a reality. What would it look like if the Lord
was my shepherd?
See for many people [recites speedily in monotone] The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want - it's just a prayer. It's
never actually become an experience for you. It's never become your reality. Until it becomes your reality, it's just a
prayer in the Bible, a nice prayer. Pray it when you're dying - but what I want to do is pray it now and live by it, see?
So I took some time, probably for the best space of six months, praying that prayer. Sometimes I'd go through the
whole lot, sometimes just one. Lord, you're my shepherd. The word shepherd is a friend and companion. I'd begin to
picture and meditate Him being near to me, very near. If He's a shepherd He's near me, and meditating means you're
declaring, you're speaking, and you're picturing what God's word is being true. I imagine what that would feel like,
He's my friend, because all I really could imagine and feel was being alone - so time spent with the word of God,
confessing it, declaring it and meditating in it, it began to find root in my heart, and I knew it changed one day,
because one day I suddenly encountered the experience of God's love for me as a personal friend. I wept and wept
when it become that real.
Before that it was a little hard going, I didn't feel a thing. I was doing it because I knew this was somehow going to get
me to change on the inside. Afterwards, for about three months afterwards, any time I'd sit with anyone and pray the
23rd Psalm with them, they'd all break down and cry, because what I had experienced of the reality of God started to
flow to touch them. Now you have to make the decision, whether you'll accept life a t this level in the next year, or
whether you will walk with yourself to grow and enlarge in your faith, your capacity, your mind, your way of viewing
things, if you'll let the spirit of God and the word of God renew your mind and your inner man. The Bible says don't let
the world shape you, and push you down into it's mould, but be totally shifted and changed, so you become quite a
different person, by renovating your mind, renovating what you believe, renovating your inner man.
I've given you the keys to it today. All you've got to do is begin to start to put them into practice, and you can begin to
shift whatever it is in your life at this point needs to shift. For some, it may be a poverty mindset. Poverty mindset
goes like this; there's not enough, there's not enough. A person can be very young, and be deeply wounded by not
having enough. They go to school, they haven't got the clothes everyone else has got, everything is second hand.
They get deeply wounded, deeply hurt, begin to think there's not enoug h, not enough, so they begin to decide I know
what I'll do. I'll really make sure I'm never in that position. So they grow, and they work, and they train, and they do
very well, and they're really doing well; they've got a heap of money, but you know what their prevailing mentality is?
There's not enough! I've seen people with heaps of money, and you know what they're saying to themselves? There's
not enough! How much is enough? But the message inside is not enough! They've got a message of poverty, e ven
though they've got all this money around them. Now they need to shift on the inside, change on the inside, and then
all their outer world will change. You can shape your world within by the word of God.
Father in heaven, we just thank You right now for Your love and care and kindness to us. Thank you for your
goodness to us. Thank You for all that You do, and continue to do. Thank You for the keys on how to change, how to
shift on the inside. Just while our eyes are closed and heads are bowed, there may be someone here today, you've
been thinking about spiritual things maybe for a long time, and one of the first keys to a significant change in your
inward life is to have a relationship with God, through a personal faith in Jesus Christ. The Bible says, people are
born into this world without God. We live our life without Him. We try the best we can, do what we can, but the Bible
calls it sin, living a life apart from our creator. Jesus came to give us that life, and the Bible says this; whoever
received Him, whoever put their trust in Him, He gave the power to become a child of God. So there's something
required of us, not just to acknowledge Jesus was a historical figure, but to acknowledge He died on the cross for my
sins. He rose from the dead, I have to put my trust in Him. To everyone who received Him, to everyone who made
Him welcome in their life, to everyone who put their trust in Him, He gave power to be a child of God.
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