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Be Prepared
1/20/2016

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. 1 Peter 5:8-9 (NKJV)

As I look back on the injuries that have occurred in my life while riding a motorcycle, almost all of them seem to have happened when I was playing around.  Virtually every injury was either when I was play riding or simply practicing, but never when I raced.  This might seem coincidental, but I don’t think so.  After all, I would think there would be a greater chance of wrecking my motorcycle while racing across the desert at 70+ miles an hour, versus playing around at 5mph, but this is not the case.  I think it has to do with having a focused mindset that comes with racing versus the casual mindset that comes with everyday playing around. 

When I think about this, I am convinced preparation is the key.  For example, when I would go out and ride at a race pace, I would be mentally prepared—understanding the significance of making a mistake.  Therefore, I would be very alert to any potential danger, and this affected every decision I would make.  Because I made sure I was prepared for what may happen, I always had a good idea of what to do should I find myself facing a dangerous situation.

I believe we are to have this same type of race-day preparation, and mindset each and every day of our life.  As Christian men and women, we need to be prepared to face whatever comes our way, and we should have some plan as to how we are going to face the challenges, dangers, and temptations inevitably coming our way.  Unfortunately, most of us don’t get up in the morning, thinking we are going to be in some sort of danger, or in the middle of a spiritual war, but we all will (Eph. 6:10-18; 2 Cor. 10:3-5).

We are told to, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Pet. 5:8).  This means we need to be prepared, and to have a plan ready for whatever comes our way.  We do this first and foremost by arming ourselves with God’s Word, and then by implementing what He has told us to do in each situation.  Our belief in the sovereignty of God and in his fatherly concern for us does not permit us to sit back and do nothing, nor does His sovereignty rule out danger to the Christian life.

When we are prepared and know how to react to those dangers we will inevitably face, we will be more likely to remain safe.  A friend of mine recently told me, “Preparation is key, we must always be prepared for the battle even if we are going out to play!”

I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these things today. 

STUDY QUESTION: According to 1 Peter 5:8, how are we told to prepare ourselves?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you staying prepared by remaining clearheaded, and on the lookout for the temptations and attacks from the enemy?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Choose to be ready each day for whatever the enemy brings your way.  Trust in the Lord and keep your mind drenched with His word, so you can ensure you are doing your part to remain obedient, and safe. 

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER TODAY: Father, thank You for watching over me, and for protecting me.  Thank You for giving me Your word to guide and equip me for the challenges I will face.  Help me to know Your word, and to have the wisdom to apply it effectively to my life.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 


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