COLUMN: Use God's word in your daily life

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By Shirley Jones

Apply God’s word to everyday living

Only be strong and very courageous that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left that you may prosper wherever you go. This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth but you shall meditate in it day and night that you may observe 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. Joshua 1:7-8

Growing in godliness through knowing and applying God’s word is a recurring theme throughout Joshua. Knowing what God’s word says is not enough. We must know God’s word well enough to apply it to life’s situations – then do so. God promises that this kind of faithfulness to his word will result in a successful and prosperous life.

One step in knowing and applying God’s word is to practice scripture memorization and meditation regularly. Then when we need God’s word to help us through trying times, we will have his answers in our hearts and minds.

It is also important to establish memorials in our spiritual journey. This is why we need to keep a journal. By recording our experiences with God, we can go back and reread them in times of pressure and testing and be reminded of God’s past faithfulness toward us, knowing that he will bring us through as surely as he has in the past. Recording and rehearsing these experiences of God’s faithfulness can also be helpful in encouraging and ministering to others.

Baptism is another important step in fulfilling our growth in godliness. Just as God’s people were circumcised for a sign that they belonged to him in Old Testament times, we should be baptized to show that we belong to Jesus. Colossians 2:11-15 is helpful in clarifying the meaning and benefits of baptism. Know that baptism is a key to spiritual growth and victory.