Contrary to the thinking of the old human nature, success is not winning the lottery.  God normally provides success little by little.   "And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not" (Galatians 6:9).  A Biblical definition of success is "Hearing and obeying the voice of God."  How does it work?

    Some years ago when I was growing, I lived out in the country.  My dad drilled a water well on the farm and built a house next to the well in 1950.  During the following seven years there was a great drought and the water in the well became very hard.  Therefore, my dad drilled another water well about a quarter of a mile away and found some soft water. He put a windmill somewhat like the one in the above picture on the new well and piped the water to the house.  I helped my dad build a large underground concrete cistern (about 8' X 8' X 8').  We made a concrete slab top for it, then put an electric pump on top of the cistern with a pressure tank.  The windmill would day by day pump a small stream of water through the pipe to the cistern as the wind blew. When the cistern was filled up, we had all the water we needed for the house or yard.  The electic pump would give us water under pressure.  The system worked great for a number of years.

    This is a beautiful picture of storing up Scripture though memorization and meditation in the reservoir of the soul that the Holy Spirit can bring to mind at the appropriate time for ministry.  "But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you" (John 14:26). If the reservoir is dry, the ministry of the Word is severely limited.  Personally, if I get too busy to memorize and mediate upon the Word, God limits my ministry.  Then I have more time to spend in the Word.  Then as I spend more time in the Word, then I begin to get more ministry.


A few Scriptures on the Word

Exodus 13:9

"And it shall be for a sign unto thee upon thine hand, and for a memorial between thine eyes, that the LORD'S law may be in thy mouth: for with a strong hand hath the LORD brought thee out of Egypt."
Deuteronomy 6:6
"And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:"
Deuteronomy 6:7
"And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up."
Deuteronomy 6:8
"And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes."
Deuteronomy 6:9
"And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates."
Deuteronomy 11:18
"Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes."
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 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."
Psalms 37:31
"The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide."
Psalms 1:1
"Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful."
Psalms 1:2
"But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night."
Psalms 1:3
"And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper."
Psalms 119:11
"Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee."
Psalms 119:15
"I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways."
Psalms 119:98
"Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever with me."
Psalms 119:99
"I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation."
Psalms 119:100
"I understand more than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts."
Psalms 119:130
"The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple."
Proverbs 4:4
"He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live."
Proverbs 5:1
"My son, attend unto my wisdom, and bow thine ear to my understanding:"
Proverbs 5:2
"That thou mayest regard discretion, and that thy lips may keep knowledge."
Proverbs 6:20
"My son, keep thy father's commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother:"
Proverb 6:21
"Bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy neck."
Proverbs 6:22
"When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee."
Proverbs 7:1
"My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee."
Proverbs 7:2
"Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye."
Proverbs 7:3
"Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine heart."
Matthew 4:4
"But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God."
Matthew 13:52
"Then said he unto them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old."
Matthew 12:35
"A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things."
I Timothy 4:15
"Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all."
James 1:21
"Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls."
II Peter 1:19
"We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:"

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