If you were with us in 2020, you may recall at the beginning of that year, God gave me several writings on something He spoke to me one morning. The word He spoke was, “prepare.”

That year I wrote several messages on what God was telling me…to prepare. However, looking back, I wasn’t fully prepared. First of all, I had no idea what was coming. I have regretted not praying into those words more at that time.

I remember when God spoke those words to me, I thought He was telling me to spiritually prepare for something that was about to happen or come my way. I did do that. When covid hit, I was spiritually prepared, and it didn’t rattle me. As the months drug on, my faith did not move.

It was also during that season; the Lord showed me a scripture from the Passion Translation.  May God give you every desire of your heart and carry out your every plan as you go into battle. (Ps 20:4)

From this scripture I knew there was a battle ahead, BUT in the midst of the battle, God would give His people the desires of their heart.  That is good news.

Remember, we are not fighting for victory but from a place of victory.  Victory was already attained at the cross.  Our fight is a fight of faith.  Our battle is a battle of standing firm on the promises of God.

Still, 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 that He leads me to do, I simply do it.

I learned some things in 2020. I learned, that while I was spiritually prepared – I was not prepared in the natural. Had I pressed into that word, I would have been prepared in both ways, spiritually and naturally. While I am not a gloom and doom person, I do choose wisdom. I learned from 2020, to stay prepared. The Bible tells us to be ready in season and out of season.

In the past two years, I have made sure I have things I would need, food, necessities, and anything else that pertains to me and my family, stocked up for at least a month. Not because I am afraid I wouldn’t be able to get them but because it will keep me out of the craziness that happens when things go wrong in our world. I can stay in peace in my home while the chaos in going on out there with people who are not prepared. Who would have thought there would be a shortage of toilet paper for goodness sakes! Who would have imagined people fighting over food and necessities? Yet we saw both of these things worldwide in 2020.

This reminds 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. Just like the scripture, the horse is prepared 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. For He alone will bring deliverance.

Another time we read about God saying, “prepare” was 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?

Why am I writing this today? Because Monday morning when I awoke, some of the first words I heard were … “prepare.” This time, I am praying into those words to make sure I am prepared, spiritually, mentally, and physically.  I don’t know what is ahead, but this I do know, deliverance is of the Lord and we, my friends are about to see deliverance.  Praise the Lord!