A Week of Preparation
The word that God has given me for this week is 'prepare'. When I first heard it in my spirit, I thought, "Ok Lord. What are you trying to tell me?"
Well, He didn't answer the way I expected but that one word just kept resting in my spirit. Prepare. So I started meditating and asking for clarity and looking for scripture. Lemme just tell you, the thoughts that came to my heart were so unexpected and so pertinent - especially for this community of believers at this time.
That's what I want to share with you today.
To 'prepare'. To make ready in advance. That says to me that we are to be looking forward to what lies ahead and to position ourselves (or allow ourselves to be positioned) to navigate the new territory that's comin' our way.
In all my reading, two passages of scripture just jumped stood out for me. The first is this one:
Matthew 4:1-3 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 And after He had fasted forty days and forty nights, He then became hungry. 3 And the tempter came and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.”
I've read this several times before but this time what stood out to me is the WHEN of the temptation. It hit me like a ton of bricks that the whole point of taking Christ to the wilderness was to tempt him BUT THE TEMPTATION DIDN'T COME UNTIL HE WAS MADE READY to face it head-on. He was tempted AFTER he fasted. The purpose of his 40-day isolation was to make him ready to be victorious in battle when his tempter came upon him.
This should let us know a couple things: fasting is most likely going to INVITE the battle, not calm it. But fasting will also help you, if you are willing to submit to the Spirit's leadership to confront the enemy courageously and confidently instead of running from them. It positions you to act from what may SEEM to be a position of weakness, but what really is a position of great strength.
But that's not it. There is one more verse that was just as profound to me:
Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Again. Seen it before and was moved by what a selfless act of love... but this time... oh this time... here's the nugget:
Christ acted IN ADVANCE to give us life - even before we knew we needed it or were in any way ready to receive it.
When I read this, I immediately thought of our community. How much we are to live life with respect to the needs of our loved ones, how vigilant we are called to be so that, when they're ready, the road is already paved. We can't save our families, but we can live in such a way that when they're ready, we're ready for them.
Think on this ya'll. Really spend some time with God today. Let Him make you ready. Let Him give you HIS heart for your family. Let Him teach you how to walk in such a way that when the ones you love most answer His call, you'll be ready to walk with them down the road of new life.
I love you and I'll see you tomorrow!
Bio: I've been on this unorthodox road with God for 7 years this year and I've seen Him blow my mind. I'm living the life He has for me with a passion and a boldness I never imagined. I'm learning daily to love the man that God has chosen for me, growing every day in my ability to love him and to let him love me.
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Marching Around Jericho is a spiritual guide. As you read through the pages, powerful and transformative instruction and equipping takes place. We follow Jesus as he leads us around the walls, imparting kingdom truths with each passing, finally arriving at the gates of the walled-off city, our spouse’s unbelieving heart. After the circles in prayer are complete, we arrive fully prepared to command the walls to crumble and be removed, making a way for our spouse to step from the rubble of lies and captivity, into faith and freedom!