At some point in your life, you would have toyed with this question, What is the purpose of
my life? Where am I going? What am I destined to be or do?
Based on the options placed before you and the choices that you would have made, you
would have got answers to the above questions - some satisfying, others extremely
You were born into a womb that you did not know; born to parents that you did not know;
cared for by people that you grew to accept; born into a life style that you had to adapt
to; born to automatically adopt the family occupation. None of this was your personal
choice. It all came with your physical birth.
Now there is nothing wrong with that!
But when you accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you became born
again – by choice! You chose to allow the Holy Spirit to take up residence inside you; you
chose to allow the Spirit of the Lord to bring life to your spirit which was earlier dead; you
chose to be translated from the power of darkness into the Kingdom of the Dear Son; you
chose to put aside a life of sin and allow the righteousness of God to be imputed on you;
you chose to bury the old man and rise in the newness of life in Christ Jesus, you chose
the life of a CONQUERER; YOU CHOSE TO REIGN!
That is your purpose! That is where you are! That is what you are destined to be!!
What a privileged lot we are – to be part of the Kingdom of God!
Yes, Jesus has taken the victory for us at the cross. We are partakers of that victory; we
are joint heirs with Christ and all that He has conquered for us!
If you want to see a physical manifestation of this victory in your lives, you need to get
familiar with the Word of God. The Bible is God’s mind and heart spoken through His holy
God’s counsel for us is very clear from Joshua chapter 1 verse 8 “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.”
Let’s go straight to the outcome ! For that is always the exciting part !!
PROSPERITY and GOOD SUCCESS.
Notice that it is not just success, but good success! Not just mediocrity, but GOOD
SUCCESS would probably mean the highest level and most satisfying accomplishment of
Coupled with PROSPERITY ! Prosperity is SHALOM – all round peace and prosperity! In all
spheres of our lives – health, deliverance, protection, preservation, soundness of mind!
Seriously?!!! This is certainly the most exciting part of being a conquerer!
Ok, lets understand how to achieve it !
What is the “Book of the Law” in Joshua 1:8?
It is the Word of God. In Jesus’ own words in John 6:63, “the words that I speak unto
you, they are spirit, and they are life.”
And then again, Jesus also says in Matthew 4:4 “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by
every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”
So, this is the Word of God which came forth from the mouth of God; which is Spirit, and
The key words are in Joshua 1:8 are MEDITATE DAY AND NIGHT and OBSERVE TO DO.
We are to spend time with our Bibles, reading God’s Word and meditating on what is
Be not forgetful hearers, but be doers of the Word. That is the second part; to apply all
that we read or hear. Walk according to every Word that we have been given the grace to
Now let’s go back to Joshua 1:8 again. Read the second part of the verse …. “…written
therein; for then THOU SHALT MAKE …..”
Yes, you got it! THOU SHALT MAKE simply means it is a work that has to be brought
about by you! It is your effort! The extent to which you will prosper and have good success
is directly proportional to the effort that you make to read, meditate and observe to do
If it has to be your success, it has to be your effort!
Remember, the work in the Spirit is a done job – Jesus Christ has finished the work at the
Cross; He has given you the victory.
But to bring it into the physical realm, it is now up to you!
But take heart! Be encouraged! When you do what the Word tells you to do, you will get
what the Word says you will get! Go ahead, pick up your Bibles; read, mediate and do what
the Word tells you, and according to Deuteronomy 28:2 see God’s blessings “come upon
I would like to close with this word of counsel from Joshua 1:9, “Have not I commanded
thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the
LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.”
Walk according to the Word of God and see your conquest manifest right before your eyes!
- Dr. Lorraine Nair