“Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful” (Josh 1:8).

Call it worry, stress or by any other name, but anxiety in all its forms is more dangerous than we readily realise! It’s dangerous because it affects the critical faculty of the heart. This very faculty is designed to receive, retain and incubate the word, wisdom and power of God. It is the spiritual reservoir of faith and victory. However, as long as one’s heart is overloaded with all sorts of problems, the life-producing word of God in us is suffocated: “Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life” (Pro 4:23). Our text reveals that we prosper and succeed in life when we consistently speak and meditate upon God’s word. Anxiety is dangerous because it threatens to displace the word from our hearts, minds and mouths. The nature of worry is such that all one can think of and talk about in that state are negative ideas. Remember that it is from the abundance of the heart that the mouth speaks (Mat 12:34). In other words, that which fills your heart spills from your mouth eventually. Now, given that “death and life are in the power of the tongue” (Pro 18:21), we should not let our problems dominate our hearts, so that we will not perpetuate negatives by our speech. Many of the issues that end up preoccupying our lives are orchestrated by demonic forces with a view to detract us from the victory and prosperity only God’s word produces. The enemy’s strategy is to trick us into pronouncing death, dread and defeat upon our lives unawares. Beloved in Christ. we shall not bewitch ourselves through our ignorance. Peace to you!

Pastor Josh