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The following is a devotion from my message series 10 Steps to Freedom. I hope these devotionals help you experience lasting freedom in Jesus!

STEP FOUR: day 3

Transform your mind through the power of Scripture

In the Old Testament book of Joshua, the people of Israel were at a crossroads. They had been given a mission: to inhabit a land promised to them by God but currently inhabited by armed nations and peoples who had no concern with God’s promises to the Israelites. And right when they were on the edge, right as they were about to enter what’s now modern Israel and fight for what God promised them, they had a change in leadership. The baton was passed from Moses, who had led the Israelites well for forty years, to Joshua. As God was installing Joshua as the new leader for the nation of Israel, He gave Joshua this timeless command:

“Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; 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.” Joshua 1:8

God directly linked Joshua’s success as a leader to his ability to hold to the Book of the Law given to him (the Old Testament books of Genesis through Deuteronomy). Although thousands of years have passed, the formula for success, especially when it comes to freedom and recovery, remains the same. When we embrace Scripture, when we engage with it on a regular basis and when we meditate on it continually, the power of Scripture transforms us. It literally changes the way we think, creating new neural pathways that lead to wiser choices, stronger discipline, and most importantly, enduring freedom from sin. The formula has never changed: saturate yourself in Scripture.

QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION

1. In the past, what has been a Scripture verse or passage that has been especially powerful to you, something that has impacted the way you thought or lived?

2. Read Psalm 19:7-11. What are the benefits from Scripture? Which promises motivate you the most on your road to freedom?

You can read other devotional entries for 10 Steps to Freedom here.

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