MOTIVATION AND MEDITATION
"Study this Book of Instruction continually.
Meditate on it day and night
so you will be sure to obey everything written in it.
Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do."Jos. 1:8 (TLV)
I've never met anyone in my life who has deliberately chosen to be a failure. Almost everyone I know and especially those whom I mentor wants to be a success. They desire to walk in the blessings of God and see their dreams fulfilled. The LORD Himself wants you to succeed. The Word of God holds the key to your future success and forward movement. This key is available to every single believer without respect to their status, other than that of a humble heart. This key is found in the Book of Joshua. Jos. 1:8 "This book of the Torah (Instruction) should not depart from your mouth - you are to MEDITATE on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. For then you will make your ways prosperous and then you will be SUCCESSFUL" (TLV).
Meditation understood from the Hebraic perspective can bring great change in your situation and attitude toward your circumstances. Hebrew meditation was not a silent act, but a speaking forth and uttering of sounds and words. The Hebrew word for meditation is "hagah." Hagah means to speak out, talk and utter. This word implies that the scriptures are to be spoken out loud and contemplated, not just read silently.
The Book of Psalms opens with the exact same theme as the Book of Joshua. The blessed man is one who delights in the Torah (Instruction) of God and meditates on it day and night. Meditating on the Word of God will cause you to become like a tree planted by water, bringing forth fruit, not withering and prospering in EVERYTHING that you do. (Psa. 1:3)
Have you ever awakened to find yourself drained of all energy and motivation, when the day before, you were energized and determined to tackle the world? How does this happen, and what is the root cause?
I will share a personal story about this very phenomenon. Our offices are in our home. Our home is kept quiet during the day from all distractions, televisions and outside influence so we can focus on our work. When the elections were under way last week, I wanted to know what was happening, almost by the moment. I turned on the television to watch the news. One hour of news-watching turned into a day of watching and being enthralled by the election process and prospects of its outcome.
I lost hours of sleep, as my focus was turned away from my usual daily mode of operation. I became fatigued. My usual high energy level was lacking. After the election results were in and the new president-elect was announced, I was exhausted to the point that I even felt paralyzed in my planning. Needing to prepare for a weekly teaching seemed almost impossible. When I sat at my desk to get quiet before the LORD, I was drained. I knew I had to identify the influences that brought me to this place.
Distraction completely affected my motivation. I know from studying the Word that fatigue can cause fatal errors. King David understood this very well when his former Attorney General, Ahithophel, betrayed him and gave counsel against him. He knew David well enough to know that when David was tired, he could be overcome. "And Ahithophel said to Absalom, please let me choose out twelve thousand men, and I will arise and pursue after David tonight" (2 Sam. 17:1) (MKJV). " And I will come upon him while he is WEARY and weak-handed, and I will make him tremble. And all the people with him will flee. And I will strike the king by himself" (2 Sam.17:2) (MKJV). We have an adversary that knows this strategy all to well.
After identifying the influences that drained me, I re-focused on the Word of God. The re-focusing caused my energy and enthusiasm to return. Shortly thereafter, I received a very powerful and life-changing word for two different groups of people that I mentor.
We must learn how to stay motivated. "And David was greatly distressed; for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people were grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters; but David ENCOURAGED himself in the LORD his God" (I Sam. 30:6 KJV). We all have a responsibility to stay self-motivated. Every person you associate with is either causing you to stay motivated or is draining you. An unhealthy, or toxic relation will drain you mentally and spiritually. Attempting to do too many things at one time will also negatively affect your motivation. Trying to please everyone will reduce your energy, and can ultimately break down your resistance which may lead to physical problems.
Focusing on the Word of God and speaking it out loud will bring noticeable, positive changes in your life, if you will practice it faithfully. If you can stay motivated in this way, you will become successful - God's way.
PROTECTING YOUR RESTING TIME
We can never under estimate the power of rest. Jesus said it: "Come unto me, all you that labor (are fatigued) and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest" (Matt. 11:28 KJV). In another place, Jesus says, "Let's go off to a quiet place and rest awhile" (Mark 6:31 NLT). Also, we are instructed to remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy (Exod. 20:8). Sabbath means: "to cease from working, desist from exertion" (Strong's Concordance).
There are mysteries hidden in the weekly Sabbath rest. Through resting in the Lord, you can experience the beauty of the mysteries for yourself. I hope you are beginning to see that in order to protect your motivation, you must protect your resting time.
There are many medical studies on the dangers of an exhausted brain. "Brain fog, also commonly known as brain fatigue, can be a mild to severe episode of mental confusion that can strike without warning. When this occurs, it is common to experience a lack of focus, poor memory recall and reduced mental activity." (www.nutrex-Hawaii.com/common-brain-fog fatigue-causes). The world turns to prescription drugs to stimulate or depress the mind in an attempt to alleviate brain fog. But as a believer, you have an Hebraic key/code and mystery to eliminate brain exhaustion. Through the use of the key (meditation on the word), we can embrace Paul's words to the Corinthians that tells us that "we have the mind of Christ" (I Cor. 2:16 KJV).
HEBRAIC MYSTERY CONTAINED IN THE WORD MEDITATION
As most of the people whom I mentor on a weekly basis know, I place great importance on the study of Hebrew, the Hebrew alphabet and the root meanings of Hebrew words. In the word for meditation, "hagah" the letter "g" is the third letter in the Hebrew alphabet. It's called the "gimel." Let's explore a mystery contained in this third letter.
The gimel (no. 3), written in Hebrew, is shaped to look like a camel, and represents blessings. Hebraically, a camel is called gomel chesed, literally "a performer of kindness." A camel is a tall animal and must kneel down for men to be able to load it with cargo. To be blessed and successful through Hebraic eyes does not mean that you are keeping all the blessings for yourself. The camel kneels to be loaded with cargo/benefits. Once he is loaded, he rises and then transfers the goods from one place to another; moving the goods from those who have to those in need. This image of a camel is a picture of a truly blessed and successful person.
"Gird up the loins of your mind" (I Peter 1:13 KJV), comes from the idea of 'hobbling' your camel. The Arab headgear is called a 'caffiyeh.' This is a scarf worn on men's heads and held on by a rope called an 'egal.' This rope is placed over the knobby knee of a kneeling camel at night to prevent it from rising up and wandering away. Peter says to let God's Word be to your mind what the rope is to the wandering camel." (Camel information taken from the Timothy Program Hebrew Alphabet, pg. 5, Dr. Karl D. Coke).
Lord, help us to keep that rope around our minds tight enough to prevent our minds from wandering.
May you be blessed, prosperous and a distributor of blessings.
Blessings and honor