DRESSED AND READY TO GO!
Generally, each of us has a
routine when we get up in the morning before we start our daily tasks. We get
dressed and off we go.
How do we prepare our day? Could we liken our daily life to being out on
the sea? All is calm (for a while); then
waves come and bombard us (challenges, problems, hurts). Perhaps a stray piece of wood, shell, bottle
or other debris hits us, causing bruises, cuts or pain (i.e. sickness and
sorrows). The sun, that we generally
love, begins to burn and blister. (In life, we like to call it “burn
out”). We can easily become dehydrated
from the burning heat. We find ourselves incapacitated (spiritually
Could it be that we are failing
to put on the “proper clothes” to prepare us for the hours that are ahead?
What I am about to reveal speaks
to us as Christians. The person, who
does not know Jesus, can never achieve these principles. They are God-given. Knowing the how-to of preparation for daily living means that we must
know the Scriptures. Therein is the key
to a successful life.
Quick review: Remember, we are a
triune being: body, soul and spirit. Our
body houses our soul and spirit. If we
take care of our body properly, it
will give us strength and energy for a long and productive life. Our soul is comprised of our mind, will and emotions. Unfortunately, we are often controlled by our
emotions and self-will. The real “us” is our
When we become born again, Holy Spirit, Who is perfect in all His ways,
takes up residence in our spirit.
The body and soul were not
redeemed or changed upon salvation. This
is where discipline, according to the Word of God, comes in. The soul is called self or flesh; and must be
surrendered to the Lord in order to have the blessings of God (see Romans 8;
12:1-2). Our walk down the highway of
life is to be a Spirit-filled walk.
WE MUST UNDERSTAND WHO WE ARE AND
WHO GOD IS, BEFORE WE CAN UNDERSTAND HOW TO PREPARE OURSELVES FOR EACH DAY.
Ephesians 6:10-19 tells us what
we are to wear (and do) every
day. Let’s look:
•We are to stand strong in the Lord and in the power
of His might.
•We are to know our enemy and his tactics.
•We are to wear the proper garments (armor) which are ...
of Truth (Truth sets us free)
of righteousness (We were made righteous by the blood of Jesus)
of peace. (Guiding our footsteps)
of Faith (Our protection)
of Salvation (We must know that we know Jesus)
of Truth (We need our daily dose of Scripture to sustain us)
To Do, continued:
prayer for ourselves and intercession for others (Our purpose in life).
are to witness with boldness (Our duty and blessing).
In doing the above, we are
preparing ourselves against the “darts” that the enemy throws at us and we are
•Another necessary article of clothing: We are to be
“clothed with humility.” In 1 Peter 5:5-10.
The Word tells us “God resists the proud, but gives grace
to the humble.” The best part comes when we humble ourselves
before the Lord, He then promises to lift us up.
“...As a man thinketh in his heart, so
is he,“ Proverbs 23:7. Therefore, we are
to be on guard how we think and what
emotions we are going through. A great remedy for negative thinking comes by
praising and thanking the Lord. “... Let us offer the
sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving
thanks to His name” Hebrews 13:15.
your environment surrounded with good, uplifting music for it brings peace and
we apply Scripture, these disciplines lift us from the cares of life. The Word
will cure our negativity.
You may be saying “That is too
much!” My friend, no it isn’t. We can walk in this reality everyday, as we
depend on the Lord.
“Well,” you say, “I blow it all
the time.” Here is the great good news
(and what I call a wonderful gift and safety net): “If we
confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to
cleanse us from all unrighteousness” 1
John 1:9. Remember, the Lord loves us with such an
unconditional, unfailing love and He longs to forgive, help, and empower us.
His desire is that we know Him and live a life of love, joy, and peace in
harmony with others.
in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us”
With love and blessings,