“Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning. (New International Version)
Are you ready?
Your Lord and King is calling you to arms.
Ephesians 6:10 Now my beloved ones, I have saved these most important truths for last: Be supernaturally infused with strength through your life-union with the Lord Jesus. Stand victorious with the force of his explosive power flowing in and through you. (The Passion Translation TPT)
Your Lord and King is admonishing you to be on alert for hostile forces.
Matthew 11:12 And from the days of John the Baptist until the present time, the kingdom of heaven has endured violent assault, and violent men seize it by force [as a precious prize—a share in the heavenly kingdom is sought with most ardent zeal and intense exertion]. (Amplified Bible, Classic Edition AMPC)
Your Lord and King is sending you an invitation and an appeal.
1 Peter 3:8-9 Finally, all [of you] should be of one and the same mind (united in spirit), sympathizing [with one another], loving [each other] as brethren [of one household], compassionate and courteous (tenderhearted and humble). 9 Never return evil for evil or insult for insult (scolding, tongue-lashing, berating), but on the contrary blessing [praying for their welfare, happiness, and protection, and truly pitying and loving them]. For know that to this you have been called, that you may yourselves inherit a blessing [from God—that you may obtain a blessing as heirs, bringing welfare and happiness and protection]. (Amplified Bible, Classic Edition AMPC)
You have to be prepared for any course of action set out by the word of God. This is the message to all who believe. There is no time to look in the Bible to see what scripture applies to your situation when you are in the middle of a fight.
Acts 8:34-35 The Ethiopian asked Philip, “Please, can you tell me who the prophet is speaking of? Is it himself or another man?” 35 Philip started with this passage and shared with him the wonderful message of Jesus. (The Passion Translation TPT)
You have to know what the word says.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another—showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God’s way. Through the Word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us. (The Message MSG)
Then all you need to do is stand just as Jesus did when the devil came to tempt Him. You need to have the authority to say “it is written”. Eve did not know what the Lord said, and the devil deceived her. You don’t have to suffer her same plight.
Colossians 4:6 Let your speech at all times be gracious and pleasant, seasoned with salt, so that you will know how to answer each one [who questions you]. (Amplified Bible AMP)
Know your environment, know your weapons, and know your God!
Please agree with me as I pray:
Father, I want to be ready. I repent for the times I was not ready when the enemy came. Thank You for preparing me. I know if I fall prey to the enemy; it’s no one else’s fault, it’s mine. You gave me Your word. My job is to study it and know it for myself. You sent the Holy Spirit as my comfort and my guide. My job is to follow where He leads. You have given me all the armor I need. My job is to put it on and keep it on. It is my choice and my job to take advantage of all the tools You’ve given me. I can be ready if I want to be. It is simple, no one to blame, no excuses. I just need to walk in the examples You have set, adhere to the instructions You have given and worship You for the victory…
Ask the Lord what He wants to say to you about today’s devotional and journal His response as described here.