Summary: You cannot live by faith without taking charge of your thought life. Only when you understand this and begin using it this way will your life truly prosper in God.
A. When you begin investing your faith in the Word of God, your life is going to take on a supernatural dimension in terms of the unfolding plan of God for your life. The only way Satan can stop that or slow it down is to bring enough adversity to bear that he begins to shake your faith and cause you to change what you believe.
B. Every man has a measure of faith when he’s born into this earth. Brother Hagin calls that measure “saving faith” or the capacity to receive the redeeming grace of our Lord, even though it can’t be empirically validated. Once you are saved, you can begin growing that faith up.
C. According to Romans 10:17, faith comes by hearing and hearing the Word of God. In order to mature in the Lord, grow in Christ, and grow in faith, we need to hear the Word as much as we can: in church, at home through podcasts and CDs, through godly relationships, and from our own mouths. Our belief system is shaped and developed by what we hear the most.
D. The final principal component of your faith is in James 2:17: “Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.” What you believe needs to begin constraining how you behave so your faith can produce the fruit both you and God desire.
E. It is a whole lot easier to say, “I’m going to change my behavior” than it is to actually do it. That is why God gives us a scriptural key that unfailingly will enable you to modify your behavior, permanently, once and for all.
F. Joshua 1:7 says, “Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law [the Word], which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper withersoever thou goest” (KJV).
G. God says you’re going to have to be strong and courageous to be a doer of the Word. If you do, you will prosper. You don’t have to pray for it. You don’t have to strain your faith for it. It will happen.
H. We gain more insight in verse eight: “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”
I. That word “meditate” just means to fill your mind. Before you can be a doer of the Word, you’re going to have to fill your mind with that Word. When you see your life through the prism of God’s Word, it changes your behavior. The key to changing behavior is changing patterns of thought. Whether the sun is up or the sun is down (“day and night”), think about how your life will be when it is in line with the Word of God.
J. This verse also shows us that right thinking leads to right speaking. Keeping the Word in your mind will enable you to speak in line with the Word. Seldom do words tumble out of a person’s mouth without thought.