Train For The Battle

Waiting on the Lord to accomplish His plan in His time has to be one of the hardest things to do. His will is best, His plan is perfect, and His timing is precise. Knowing and understanding this will help you wait for Him to act. When He does provide and supply what you need, when He brings you into that place that He planned for you, you are sure to release a sigh of relief.

When you get there, looking back, you will see and understand why He allowed it all to happen. But in the in-between times, when you are in the middle of the storm and valley, it is virtually impossible to see any rhyme or reason for the pain and suffering.

This is why the faithful servants of God must walk by faith. He will take care of you. This is why the Lord teaches patience and steadfastness. He increases your faith and confidence to trust Him through that time. The assurance and peace He gives keep you moving forward and trusting in Him. Always keep in mind that He will do exactly what He promised.

And the Lord answered me: “Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it. For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, [wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.] “Behold, his soul is puffed up; it is not upright within him, [but the righteous shall live by his faith.] Habakkuk 2:2-4

You need endurance. This is why He seems to take longer than you would think. He knows what you really need. It is not the things of this world but spiritual training, inner strength, increased faith, and discipline to fight the battle ahead. 

Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised. For, “Yet a little while, and the coming one will come and will not delay; but my righteous one shall live by faith, and if he shrinks back, my soul has no pleasure in him.” But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed but of those who have faith and preserve their souls. Hebrews 10:35-39

Learn every lesson the Lord brings your way. He will discipline and train you for the work that is ahead, like a boxer who must train hard with sweat, pain, sacrifice, and a great struggle to prepare for the fight to come. If he is slack and lazy or trains half-hearted, there is a good chance he will lose and be defeated. 

He becomes a winner well before he enters the ring with his vigorous training. So think of it as intense training for the fight to come. For the battle, you will have to wage for the cause and sake of Christ. His discipline is necessary. He will train you in every aspect. He will prepare you to accomplish the work He has prepared for you to do.

The harder the discipline, the stronger you will become. The more difficult the training, the greater the fight will be ahead and the more prepared you will be. Because of this discipline and training, you will overcome and be victorious in Jesus’ Name. God knows the future He has planned for you, and if you follow Him with faith, you will also accomplish it.

Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified. 1 Corinthians 9:25-27

Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Ephesians 3:20

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