16 I say then, walk by the Spirit and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is against the Spirit, and the Spirit desires what is against the flesh; these are opposed to each other, so that you don’t do what you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
Merriam-Webster defines preparation as, “The action or process of making something ready for use or service or of getting ready for some occasion, test, or duty.” In life, we are tempted by the evil one and by our sinful desires. James 1:13-15 says, “When tempted, no one should say, ‘God is tempting me.’ For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; 14 but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. 15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.”
It is a known Biblical fact that we live in a fallen world. Evil appears to jostle for our devotion nearly every second of the day. How are we supposed to make the right choices and have the strength to follow through? The answers lies in Christ. Psalm 28:7 says, “The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.” Our hope is in the One who has overcome the world! Therefore, the key to daily victory is preparation.
Refuse to let your guard down! I truly believe that one of Satan’s biggest attacks is during times of tranquility. What does this look like in your life: (A) missed quiet times (B) interrupted prayer time (C) detachment from faith family/friends. It is during these times when Satan and his armies ambush. Why, then, are we surprised?
I encourage you to prepare today…everyday! I talk a great deal about fighting the invisible war – frankly because God allows me to see it! Yet, our number one goal is our relationship with Christ! Prepare daily to build your relationship – first and foremost – then He will fight and equip you for battle when needed!
Question: Are you remaining prepared and building your relationship with your Father?