Prepare for Promotion – Part 5

I’m sure you have the will to win, but do you have the will to prepare to win?

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1 Peter 5:6-7 – Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:  Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

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In my 72 years of living, I have met many people.  Almost everyone I have ever had the privilege of meeting has a will to win.  In short, they have no desire to lose.  They know that winning is always better than losing.  They also know that in the reality of life, if you don’t win, you lose.  In real life, there is no such thing as a participation trophy.  Winners get the trophies, and losers go home.  I know that’s a hard saying, and many people may not like it.  But like it or not, that is the reality of life.   In real life, you’re blessed or you’re cursed.  It’s heaven or hell.  In the end, it’s eternal life with the Lord Jesus, or eternal damnation in the lake of fire with your master, the devil.  There is no middle ground.  It’s time for the church to grow up into Christ, know the truth, and walk in it.

Once again, almost every person I have ever met has the will to win.  They don’t want to lose.  I’m sure the same could be said about you.  But what is it that makes champions in life?  What is it in the life of a person that causes them to be able to stand in the winner’s circle?  I can tell you for a truth, it is NOT the will to win.  Rather, it is the will to prepare to win.  For a boxer, it is the thousands of sit-ups, push ups, and hours on the punching bag and speed bag.  It is untold miles of roadwork in all kinds of weather.  It is the days and days of sore muscles, and even ribs and jaws from the multitudes of punches and jabs taken in round after round of sparring.  It is waking up day after day for another day of the same punishing routine of conditioning and preparation for actual competition when the fight is for real.  No boxer enters the ring without the will to win.  But it is the one who has made the ultimate preparation to win who walks away with the title, the title belt, and the big payday. 

My dear friend, it is the attitude of the ultimate champion boxer in his weight division that must also beat in the heart of the victorious child of God.  Our battle is NOT against flesh and blood, but against principalities, powers, rulers of the darkness of this world, and spiritual wickedness in heavenly places.  The willingness to prepare to win is the willingness to pray without ceasing, pray, at times, all night, to pray in the Spirit, to pray with all kinds of prayer.  Our willingness to prepare to win may even cost us physical suffering and discomfort, our enemy will attempt to drag us into absolute anything that would diminish our spiritual capacity, rob us of the Word, and diminish our faith.  We must be long-suffering, and having done all to stand, STAND!   It is your will to prepare to win that will be your ultimate daily battle you must win.  Fight the good fight of faith.  The victory belongs to you.

Manna for Today – 1 Peter 5:1-11; Matthew 24:45-47; Matthew 25:21-23; Luke 12:42-44; Luke 19:11-27; Matthew 23:12; Ephesians 4:8-16; Romans 12:1-21

Prepare for Promotion – Part 7

Prepare yourself for what Father desires for you.

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1 Peter 5:6-7 – Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:  Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

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John 14:12-14 declares that we shall do greater works than Jesus did because He went to the Father.  That is the will of God.  3 John 2 declares that above all else, God wants us to prosper and be in health.  I plead with you today that you not allow another day to end living satisfied with just knowing you would go to heaven if you died.  My friend, our God has and desires much better than that for you. 

Have you ever read a story in a book or magazine, or viewed a documentary or movie that created a desire in you to experience what you saw or heard first-hand?  I’m an avid reader, and what I’ve just described has happened to me many times.  I’ve read about places like Alaska, Hawaii, African locations, and more.  Such reading was fascinating, but none of the reading was like actually going to those places and seeing them for myself.  You can read all you want about animals, but being up close and personal goes beyond all the reading.  This same truth applies to my reading of the most exciting book ever printed – the Bible.  I’ve read about the mighty working of our God, believed it, and build my faith upon it.  But there is nothing like living it personally.  I’ve read about the blind seeing, the deaf hearing, cripples walking, all kinds of bodily ailments being cured, and the dead being raised.  Reading about it and hearing it preached build faith in my heart. 

But when I saw it with my own eyes, and especially at those times when the Lord has used me as His vessel to do the work has taken me to a much higher level of joy in the thrill of being used by God to do supernatural works that can only come through Him.  I have seen all those things I spoke of earlier, and what’s more, I’ve had the thrill of having the Lord use me to perform them.  No, I am not boasting or bragging.  I am giving the honor and glory to my God, for it was Him working through me for those things to be accomplished.  I am deeply honored that the Lord would use me in such a way.  But I also know that had I not read and studied His Word, believed His Word, made myself available to Him in doing His Word, and then walked in obedience to His Word that none these things would have ever taken place in my life.  Again, I plead with you to prepare yourself for these things, and more, by giving yourself to the Word of God, believing that Word, obeying that Word, and expecting that Word to be fulfilled in your life.  Prepare yourself for promotion, and do so faithfully.

Manna for Today – 1 Peter 5:1-11; Matthew 24:45-47; Matthew 25:21-23; Luke 12:42-44; Luke 19:11-27; Matthew 23:12; Ephesians 4:8-16; Romans 12:1-21