Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance

Day 28

“In conclusion, be strong in the Lord [be empowered through your union with Him];   draw your strength from Him [that strength which His boundless might provides].  Put on God’s whole armor [the armor of a heavy-armed soldier which God supplies], that you may be able successfully to stand up against [all] the strategies and deceits of the devil.”

– Ephesians 6:10-11

With each day comes its share of challenges.  Each challenge is different and affects each of us differently.  So, why does it appear that some people can face these challenges and come out on top, and others crumble under the pressure?  When I was in the military, one of my Sergeants used to always tell me, “Hessell, proper preparation prevents poor performance, always be ready.” Preparation makes things run more smoothly.  You wouldn’t go to play basketball without a basketball, would you?  In Ephesians chapter 6, Paul gives three things to help us to be spiritually prepared when the struggles and temptations of life come our way.  First, he says, “…be empowered through your union with Him.”  This means that by spending time with God and by simply being close to Him, we are given power and ability to conquer anything we may face.  Second, he says that “we are given strength which His boundless might provides.” This means that God gives us the physical, mental, and emotional qualities necessary for dealing with any distressing or difficult situation.  Finally, Paul says that “God supplies us with the armor of a heavy-armed soldier” which means that not only does God protect, shield, and defend us, but He also provides us with the means to defend ourselves.  It is essential that we realize that without God’s provisions, we would not be able to stand on our own.  Through spending daily time with God and by working to build a strong relationship with Him, we are given power and ability; physical, mental, and emotional strength; and are equipped to protect, shield, and defend ourselves from anything that comes our way.

In addition to your daily devotions, what are some other ways you can strengthen your relationship with God and ensure that you’re prepared for your day?

Stay strong and carry on,

Carrington