January, 2017

And David said, “The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” And Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you!” (1 Samuel 17:37 ESV)PreparationPastorKeith

The whole Bible and all past history unite to teach that battles are always won before the armies take the field. The critical moment for any army is not the day it engages the foe in actual combat; it is the day before or the month before or the year before or…

Preparation is defined as, “The act or operation of preparing or fitting for a particular purpose, use, service, or condition-to make ready.” Preparation is vital. The rule is prepare, or fail. Chance or bluster will do for a while, but the law will catch up with us sooner or later. Usually sooner!

It did not take Moses long to lead the children of Israel out through the Red Sea to deliverance and freedom; but his fitted-ness to lead them out was the result of years of hard discipline. It took David only a few minutes to dispose of Goliath; but he had beaten the giant long before in the person of the lion and the bear.

Preparation is vital even as we face the New Year before us; let this be noted by everyone. We can seek God today and get prepared to meet temptation tomorrow; but if we meet the enemy without first having met God, the outcome is not conjectural; the issue is already decided. We can only lose!

As we seek to “live the life” unto Jesus may we hear what God is saying to us, “Be prepared, for the day is near” (Romans 13:11-12).

In His service,

Keith L. Bagwell