Day 53: In preparation

From early this morning even until now, I have both witnessed and participated in the preparation for a very special woman’s special day. A beautiful friend from church is getting married tomorrow, and today was set-up day.

As I am staying this week with my friend who is also in charge of wedding preparations, I have had the pleasure of being in the middle of this exciting time.

Although I wasn’t doing much to help last night/early this morning, I stayed up with my friend as she worked on some last minute details.

I’ve never participated in a wedding so I’m learning quite a bit about what all goes on behind the scenes in order to make a wedding event happen.

In 1 Peter 1:13, Peter reminds the believers to “Prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”

To ‘prepare’ means to ‘make ready.’

As I and several other people dedicated today to making the venue ready for the wedding, so we as Christians should dedicate our days to making ready our minds.

I can’t speak for everybody, but I know personally that mental spiritual warfare is a real thing. That is where the enemy of my soul most often tries to attack me. He slips deceit and untruth in my ears, muddling my brain with thoughts of insufficiency and failure. He uses my mind against me.

If we have surrendered our lives to Jesus Christ, we are a new creation. This means that we no longer abide in darkness because we have encountered the Light. We are called to reflect Christ, the Light of the world and to live in holiness.

We can’t truly fulfill the brilliant plans the Lord has for our lives if we are constantly unprepared. If we all walked into the venue the day of the wedding at the time of commencement and expected the place to be in tip-top condition, we would only be fooling ourselves.

We all know that preparation goes into these things. Why then do we fail to prepare daily, moment-by-moment to battle against the enemy and our own flesh?

Preparation means to make ready-in advance, not to expect some miracle in the moment of attack. That isn’t to say that a miracle can’t happen, but I want to remind us that God has given us the equipment to combat. We must make the choice to step up and step out in faith.

Spend quiet time with the Lord. Set aside fifteen minutes just to bask in His presence. Read Scripture for quality, not for quantity. Expect to hear from Him. God wants to talk to you, but there must be preparation on our part.

Matthew 7:7 reads, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.”

In this verse we encounter God-given promises, but we also read a call to personal action.

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