Ezra 7:10 For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the LORD, and to do it, and to teach in Israel statutes and judgments.”

Often, we are surprised by the unexpected.

But there are times that come upon us that, when unprepared, shake us to our core and sometimes, remove us from the center of God’s will. It is then, our preparation can save us heartache and pain.

We tell those newly saved to “walk with God.” What does that mean? How do I do that and how do I know that I’m doing it right?

Amos 3:3 Can two walk together, except they be agreed?”

Being in agreement with God is not just acknowledging facts about God, or saying I believe because I know. It is setting my heart to align my beliefs, my core principles to change my life and do what God asks of me.

We do much to prepare for things that matter to us.

We can also prepare because God tells us we should.

Ephesians 6:10-11 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”

Those ‘wiles’ are destructive arrows aimed at ultimately destroying us and those around us. Preparing is knowing the enemy and the power we have been given to overcome. Preparing means to stand in the faith that God will do what He says He will do at the time we need it most.

This morning, take the time needed to prepare for a fight. Prepare for a storm. Prepare for a dark night or a time of sorrow. Unless we can prophesy like those of old, we can stand in His presence trusting He will do all, and be all that He says He will be at the time we need it.

Ephesians 6:13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”

Doing ALL to stand. Have truly done our all?


  1. Is it possible that one of the wipes of the devil, for me at least, is to fritter away my time, and cause me to be unproductive, both in the things of God as well as personally and professionally? For example, choosing to spend extra time cleaning in the kitchen or cooking, rather than tackling the piles of stuff in my office or studying an extra half hour? It’s not a direct spiritual attack, but do you think it’s possible that it’s a way of diverting my attention from things God probably would prefer me to do, even though the other is not a sinful thing in itself?

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    1. For me at least, I have found that understanding and knowing my priorities aids in the planning of my day. I have become OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) about certain things that do not matter eternally. I have had to train my mind that those things like dishes, cleaning, and jobs around the house do have their place. But they also must have their time if I am to be effective for the most important people and things in my life.

      It can become a tool of the devil when he sees that I am easily distracted from the eternal with frivolous things. It is then that those things become a stumbling block if not prioritized properly.

      I hope this has been a help.


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