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It is very important for you to realize the need of establishing your heart in God's Word, but it is even more important to know how to go about it. It would be ridiculous for me to tell you the importance of establishing your heart in the Word without then instructing you in how it is done.

Invest In Your Own Spirit
There have been enormous amounts of money and effort spent teaching men how to establish and build up their physical bodies. Even more has been spent in developing and building up men's minds.

The one area that has been almost totally ignored is the establishing and building up and exercising of the spirit man, the reborn man inside you.

It should be of utmost importance to us that the human spirit be taught and trained and cultivated until it has gained the ascendancy over the mind and body. This is God's intention for the Body of Christ. The Believer today should be governing his body and his mind with the Word of God.

There is a method presented in God's Word whereby your heart can become established on God's Word and that method is meditation in the Word.

Meditation Is The Key
Meditating the Word of God is the key to establishing your heart. God told Joshua to meditate in the Word. Look at Joshua 1:8:
This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou may 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.
Within this Scripture is God's formula for prosperity, success, and dealing wisely in all the affairs of life: Talk the Word, meditate on the Word, act on the Word.

Meditating the Word causes God's Word to indwell you. It will cause your heart to become established, fixed, and settled. Consequently, you will not be moved by the circumstances and situations around you. Let's look at Psalm 1:1,
Blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly…. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither, and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
This man delights in the law of the Lord and he meditates it day and night. As a result, he is fruitful in every situation and he prospers in everything he sets his hand to.

Day And Night
How would you like every Christian endeavor you are involved in to prosper and come to full maturity? The key to this kind of success is meditation in God's Word day and night.

Meditation is more than just reading the Word. To meditate the Word literally means to fix your mind on the Word and dwell on it in your thought life day and night. You can meditate the Word while you are driving a car, buying groceries, washing dishes, or sitting at the dinner table.

I meditate the Word almost constantly. Many times while I travel between meetings, I dwell on certain Scriptures and just let them roll over and over in my thinking. By doing this, those Scriptures leave my head and get down in my heart. Then the Holy Ghost paints a picture inside me and I will begin to see myself in the light of that Word.

There are some things you need to know about preparation to meditate God's Word. As an example for you, I want to describe how I go about meditating the Word in my own life.

Meditation: How I Do It
The first thing I do is pray in the spirit. The Bible says that when you pray in an unknown tongue, your mind is unfruitful. This is my goal: to get my mind in neutral. I pray in the spirit until I can get my mind to shut down; then I will be able to hear the voice of the Spirit of God.

Let me just say here that it is difficult to watch television for a couple of hours and then expect to immediately begin meditating the Word. You cannot make the switch effectively without some kind of preparation.

Once I have my mind quiet, I begin to read over the particular Scriptures I intend to meditate. I read them over and over and over until I have a mental picture of what it is saying.

As this picture is formed in my mind, I put my Bible down and begin to dwell on it. If I have trouble getting a clear picture, I go back and read it again. After some time spent this way, that picture will become so vivid in your thinking that you can almost see the expressions on the faces.

Those Scriptures will become so real to you that you will never forget them. They will actually become a part of you!

As the Holy Spirit paints a picture in my spirit, I just sit quietly, absorbing it and allowing that Word to absorb me. Then I purposely listen to the voice of the Spirit of God.

He Was There First
You see, the Holy Spirit was on the scene when Jesus walked the earth. He was there at Pentecost. He was there during the Acts of the Apostles. He was the One Who inspired holy men to write these things on paper so that you and I could enjoy them and benefit from them today.

The Holy Spirit was there and He fully understands what the Word is saying. The same Holy Spirit is within me so I say this to Him: "Holy Spirit, You were there when this took place. You were there causing these things to be performed. You are in me now so, in the Name of Jesus, I expect You to reveal to me the deep things of God."

At this point, it is as if a movie screen is flipped on in my mind. I begin to visualize on that screen what the Word is saying; and the Holy Ghost begins to explain it to me step by step. As a result of that, I never forget His explanations; I never forget the things I learn this way.

This is how I became established in Philippians 4:19. I meditated on that Scripture until it became as much a part of me as my right arm. At that point in my life, I needed to know that God would meet my needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

The truth of that Scripture is in my heart today and you will never convince me that God will not meet my needs. When a financial need arises, I refuse to bow to it. I refuse to let go of my faith because my heart is established in Philippians 4:19. It is a reality inside me and I will not be moved or shaken.

Whenever a financial need arises now, I am not shaken by it. I have my heart established because I took the time to meditate God's Word in this area. There are plenty of opportunities to be shaken, but I refuse to receive them. I just go to the throne and have a little talk with my Father and my Lord Jesus.

Source: The Established Heart by Jerry Savelle.
Excerpt permission granted by Jerry Savelle Ministries

Author Biography

Jerry Savelle
Web site: Jerry Savelle Ministries International
Dr. Jerry Savelle was an average, blue-collar man who was struggling and needed God's help. While he considered himself a "nobody," when he became a believer God told him not to worry about it because He was a master at making champions out of nobodies. God has since taken Dr. Savelle from being a constant quitter to a man who knows how to stand on the Word of God until victory is experienced. Because of the life-changing combination of God's faithfulness and Dr. Savelle's "no quit" attitude, his life is totally different than it was thirty-eight years ago.

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