Week of February 3rd, 2014

37 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 Sam 17:37 ESV)


All of the Scriptures and past history indicate that battles are won before the armies take the field. The critical moment for any army is not the day it engages the enemy in actual combat; but rather the day before or the month before or the year before… 

Preparation is vital. The rule remains, prepare or fail.

It did not take Moses long to lead the children of Israel out through the Red Sea to deliverance and freedom; but his being fit 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…

Preparedness is vital. We can seek God today and get prepared to meet temptation tomorrow; but if we meet the enemy (which we will) without first having met with God; our lot is already cast.

In our quest for the “deeper life” we must prepare ourselves for the battles of life; because it is the LORD who delivers us!

In His service,

Keith L. Bagwell