Prepare.

Wednesday August 1, 2018

by colinscanvas

Ephesians 6:10-17

10 A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. 12 For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.

13 Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. 14 Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. 15 For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. 16 In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. 17 Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

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In the story of David and Goliath, David chooses not to wear the Kings armor. Those who see this are stunned. He decides to bring his simple sling to the fight. What most people didn’t know is David had been mastering his skills with the sling for a while now. As the story goes, David defeats Goliath with a blow to the head from a stone. Scripture tells is in 1 Samuel 17:45, “You come against me with a sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord...”

Now David didn’t just go into battle and all the sudden decide, “Ok, I think I am going to just trust Jesus with this one and he’ll get me through it.” No! David had been trusting Jesus for a long time before this. He had prepared his heart and mind for whatever trials were to come. This way when a battle came, he was ready.

I struggle with this often. When I need to prepare for something, I usually wait until the last second. Whether it is a test, a meeting, the real world, I think, “I’ll do it when I need to.” But the time is now! Especially when it comes to our faith.

Paul tells us to, “… put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil.” (v. 10). I promise you will run into battles, struggles, trials, whatever you want to call them. The question is, will you be prepared? Read. Pray. Listen. Love. Smile. Talk. Jesus wants us to grow close to him in order to prepare for what’s ahead.

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” – Benjamin Franklin

What am I doing to prepare for the trials to come?

How can I use the Lord as my armor?

Dear Lord, help us to prepare for the fights ahead of us. Draw us near to you in prayer. May we trust that you’re our shield for the battles to come. Amen.

Have a great day!

C. Lyman

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