Preparation Is Key

“He trains my hands for war so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.”

It is time to train, it is time to prepare for the battle that is ahead. How will you be ready to take on the enemy if you are untrained and ill-prepared? If you are in a place of waiting, a place of pressing, and the Lord has you stuck there, then He has you in a position of training for the battle ahead. 

You must walk in the Spirit of the Lord and allow Him to give you the strength, courage, and boldness to charge headlong into battle. He will do it if you put your complete faith and trust in Him.

Yield yourself in this time to the preparation of your heart, mind, and soul. Devote yourself to purity, understanding, and His wisdom.

Will a true warrior be lazy in a time of peace? Will he then be ready for the time of war? No, a warrior will be training his arms, strengthening himself, and developing his skills for battle. This is what God is doing when He brings you through many trials, tribulations, and sufferings. He is training you for the greater battle that is ahead. 

For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. Hebrews 12:11

Do not underestimate the devil, his demons, and all the evil schemes of man. The devil has been at his wicked work for thousands of years. He knows you inside and out. He knows where to hit you. Be on your guard to resist him firm in your faith.

Though the Lord knows them all you do not. You must be ready in the Spirit, with your sword the Word of God, His wisdom, and His power that He has given you to resist. Remember he is a coward and will flee from you if you stand with Jesus and His righteousness.

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.  Ephesians 6:12-13

You have greater power available to you than you know. God has given it to you to defeat the enemy through the Spirit of the Lord. The Spirit of the living God and His power to overcome is at your fingertips, use it.

But remember, it is not like flipping a switch. It takes continual training in righteousness, daily prayer, feeding on the Word of God, walking in His Spirit, and devotion to His commands that will unleash His power in you. So draw near to God and He will draw near to you. 

Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you. James 4:8-10

The more you know the truth the easier you will recognize a falsehood. The more you are connected to God in prayer the more you will recognize His voice.

The closer you draw to Him the more your faith will be strengthened. The more you will know the right thing to do. You will walk with confidence in the Lord because you have put on His armor with your faith and trust in Him. Your hope will be completely in Him and in His strength, not depending on your own.

Do not fear and do not be afraid. The Lord walks with you and surrounds you with His presence. What can man do to you?

O Lord, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether. You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it. Psalm 139:1-6

So take this time, prepare yourself for what is ahead. Like a wise soldier for the Lord, sharpen your sword, shine your shield, strengthen your breastplate, reinforce your helmet, fasten on the belt of truth and fit your feet in preparation to proclaim the Gospel.

The wickedness of the seen and unseen evil of this world will have a worthy adversary who is ready for battle in every way. Pray with great confidence for the Rock of ages is with you. Trust in His strength for it is His strength you possess. It is not your own.

Have faith in His plan. Have faith in His timing, for He will not fail. His power and His presence are upon you. He will see to it that you are ready for anything that comes your way.

For who is God, but the Lord? And who is a rock, except our God?— the God who equipped me with strength and made my way blameless. He made my feet like the feet of a deer and set me secure on the heights. He trains my hands for war so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze. 

You have given me the shield of your salvation, and your right hand supported me, and your gentleness made me great. You gave a wide place for my steps under me, and my feet did not slip. I pursued my enemies and overtook them, and did not turn back till they were consumed. I thrust them through so that they were not able to rise; they fell under my feet. 

For you equipped me with strength for the battle; you made those who rise against me sink under me. You made my enemies turn their backs to me, and those who hated me I destroyed. They cried for help, but there was none to save; they cried to the Lord, but he did not answer them. I beat them fine as dust before the wind; I cast them out like the mire of the streets. 

You delivered me from strife with the people; you made me the head of the nations; people whom I had not known served me. As soon as they heard of me they obeyed me; foreigners came cringing to me. Foreigners lost heart and came trembling out of their fortresses. The Lord lives, and blessed be my rock, and exalted be the God of my salvation Psalms 18:31-46

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