Being Prepared
11/24/2017

“Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Mark 14:38 (NKJV)

I’ve been driving a Jeep Wrangler for the better part of the last two decades, and I love to taking my jeeps off-road. I can honestly say I have learned a lot over the years.  Each time I find myself in the midst of a predicament, I try to learn as much as possible so as to avoid any future potential mistakes.  Someone once said, “Experience is the best teacher, but the tuition is high.”

Well, as much as this may be true I still believe the best time to deal with a potential problem is before we encounter one.  I try to equip myself to be prepared for just about anything when I go off-road, because I know I will usually be presented with many difficult and challenging situations.  

I feel the same preparation can, and should, be applied to our lives with respect to facing the inevitable temptations that will come our way. The way I see it, living life can be much more dangerous than what we think, and if we don’t prepare for these temptations then we are probably going to find ourselves stuck knee deep in sin.

So, how can we best prepare?  A great way to prepare for them is to know where we are going at all times.  We can make a choice to avoid any potential path we know will be laden with temptation. This includes following people who tend to travel these rough roads (Prov. 14:7), or putting ourselves in places we shouldn’t be.  If you are like me, then I am sure you have found yourself trapped in a mud hole of sin before. Hopefully you and I have learned much from these experiences, as they will serve us well for detecting future potential bad choices.  It has been rightly said, “There is only one thing more painful than learning from experience and that is not learning from experience.”

Ultimately the best way to avoid those rough roads laden with sin is to stay clear of them altogether.  We can do this as we look ahead to the path we are choosing, which includes our seeking the Lord for the proper paths we should take.  I think the psalmist knew this well — he said, “Show me Your ways, O Lord; teach me Your paths” (Ps. 25:4).  Jesus told His followers to, “Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation” (Mk. 14:38).  And we are given the perfect instruction for detecting the right choices in Proverbs 3:5-6.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you today to think about the paths you are on or are contemplating.  Make sure you have sought the Lord for His will in each and every choice you make.  If you make this a continual practice it will become second nature and you will find your life blessed immeasurably. 

STUDY QUESTION: According to the scriptures contained in this devotional, what three things should we be doing?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to pray about your path; trust in God and acknowledge His ways in all you do?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Seek the Lord today for His will for everything you will do.  Don’t lean upon your own understanding, but acknowledge God’s way for handling everything.

PRAYER: Father, thank You for Your faithful guidance in my life.  Thank You for teaching me through Your Word.  Help me to remember all I have read so I can apply it to my life and live for You. I need You and confess, I cannot do this on my own, but through You Lord, I can do all things.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

 

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 


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