I can’t seem to get away from this subject. The subject I am speaking of is planning and preparing.
Don’t misunderstand. I am not a gloom and doom person. I’m a glass is running over kind of person.
That being said, I keep hearing the same things in my spirit….plan and prepare.
As I was writing yesterdays post, I came across a scripture in the Passion Translation. It is found in Psalm 20:4 and it says; May God give you every desire of your heart and carry out your every plan as you go to battle.
The New King James Version says it like this; May He grant you according to your heart’s desire, and fulfill all your purpose.
I love both these translations. I even like that the Passion Translation talks about it being a battle.
I am not saying we are daily in a fierce battle to gain victory.
We are not fighting for victory but from a place of victory. Victory was already won at the cross. Our fight is a fight of faith. Our battle is a battle of standing firm on the promises of God.
Yet, the truth remains, there are times God will tell us to prepare for what is ahead. He did it all throughout the Bible and He still does it today.
When He begins to speak to me this way, the first thing I prepare is my heart. I make sure everything is right in my heart. I make sure I am hearing His voice correctly. I set aside quiet time with God to ensure that my heart and faith are in position.
Beyond that, if there is anything more He leads me to do, I do it.
I heard a minister say, just this morning, the victory is in the obedience.
This reminded me of another scripture found in Proverbs 21:31.
The horse is prepared for the day of battle, but deliverance and victory is of the Lord.
Yes, we prepare, and we plan when God leads us to, however, the deliverance, the victory comes only from Him. May we always remember that. My victory is in Christ. And my victory for this time is in obeying ALL He tells me to do.
It’s vital we appoint our days during this time. By that I mean, plan our days, make sure to include God, prayer and His word in every single day. In doing so, we will be spiritually ready for anything that comes our way.
For me, I make lists. I have found if I do this, I am much more productive. Just yesterday I had more things than I thought I could accomplish in a day. Still…I made my list. I was able to complete everything on my life and remain in peace. I had appointed my day. I had planned my day and God honored my plan and made it succeed, just as His word says.
Today, I feel compelled to spend my day in God. Therefore, everything else can wait. This too, is part of my preparation.
As the scripture said, we can prepare the horse in the day of battle, but the horse doesn’t bring victory or deliverance…God does. Yes prepare! That’s important. It’s just as important, or even more so, to keep your ear open to God and what He is saying in this hour.
I don’t know how God will lead you to prepare today. I am, however, praying He will make it plain to you.
In the Old Testament, when God was about to show up and come into the presence of His people, He always told them to prepare. That excites me! God is about to show up and show out! Are we ready? Are we prepared? I sure hope so.
Meditate on this:
Who is the King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, The LORD mighty in battle. Psalm 24:8