Ready or Not–Here It Comes! Part 1

We’ve all played hide and seek in our childhood years.  One person covers his or her eyes and begins to count.  The rest of the players scatter and try to find a  good hiding place until the person counting yells “Ready or not–here I come”.

Temptation is going to come into our life whether we’re “ready for it or not– it’s going to  come”!   So, how do we prepare ourselves for the daily temptations we will all face?   In Scripture , the words temptation, testing and trials are often used interchangeably.  So, let me ask, how should we prepare for a trial or a test ?

Well, if it was a trial we’d get all the facts straight and have a good defense.  If it was a test we’d study a lot, retain the information and respond.  Some people think they can go into a trial without knowing the facts or having a legitimate defense;  then there are those folks who like to “cram for exams”.   Neither way is going to be effective.  You’ll lose the trial and fail the exam.

There are three ways temptation, trials and tests will come.  1 John 2: 16 tells us ” For all that is in the world–the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life–is not of the Father but is of the world.”     I know, as a follower of Jesus Christ you’ve read this Scripture or heard it preached many times before.   Please bear with me…as I share what my Lord and Savior has laid upon my heart to share.

Saul was a prime example of how the temptation of the “pride of life “ can take hold and destroy.  He was appointed and anointed of God; given a new heart and the Spirit of God was upon him (1 Sam 10: 9-10).  Samuel anointed him King over the nation of Israel.  The people cried to the LORD for a king and He graciously did so.  For two years  King Saul reigned; then we read in Samuel 13: 11-14

“And Samuel said, ‘What have you done?’ And Saul said, ‘When I saw that the people were scattered from me, and that you did not come within the days appointed, and that the Philistines gathered together at Michmash,  then I said, ‘The Philistines will now come down on me at Gilgal, and I have not made supplication to the Lord.’ Therefore I felt compelled, and offered a burnt offering.’ And Samuel said to Saul, “You have done foolishly. You have not kept the commandment of the Lord your God, which He commanded you. For now the Lord would have established your kingdom over Israel forever.  But now your kingdom shall not continue.”    What happened? 

King Saul was tempted by the “pride of life” 

Of course,  at he first tried to blame it on Samuel for not coming to him at the right time, then he blamed the people because they weren’t close to him and finally he saw the Philistines coming and he panicked.  He hadn’t prayed about the situation (as he was told to do), so he decided to handle it his way instead of heeding the commandments of the LORD.  Result– disobedience to God.  Did he fail because he wasn’t equipped?  NO!  He knew the law and how the LORD delivered the people many times from their enemies; he had a new heart and  the Spirit of the Lord was upon him. 

HE FAILED AND FELL CAPTIVE TO SIN BECAUSE HE WAS NOT USING THE TOOLS GIVEN TO HIM BY THE LORD!  HE WAS EQUIPPED BUT NOT READY.

  We are much like King Saul.  Through Jesus Christ and the forgiveness of our sin we are given a “new heart”, we are indwelt by the Holy Spirit and we have the perfect, infallible Word of God as our guide for living.

So how can we be ready?

“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”  Romans 12:2  

Everyday, as we prepare our bodies to go off to work, school or whatever; we always make sure we’re fed, clean and clothed.  Renewing of the mind daily by feeding our souls with the Word of God, relying on God to be our buckler and being full suited in the armor of God… we can be ready.

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Scripture references:  Psalm 91: 4; Ephesians 6: 11-13; Deuteronomy 8: 3 ; Proverbs 3:5-6 ; 2 Corinthians 5: 17

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****to be continued****

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Streim

There is great peace and joy in knowing the Lord Jesus Christ as my Savior. I am blessed to serve our Heavenly Father through Him. Everyday is a new day to share the the glorious Gospel message of grace and forgiveness; the blessings of hope; the Father God's eternal promises; and the importance of living daily in the will of God according to the Scriptures, especially now with the world in chaos and uncertainty. My life before I asked God to forgive me of all my sin through the blood of Jesus Christ and I repented (turned away from it); was one of utter selfishness in all aspects of my life. I partied, I lived for ME and only me! Now, I live for Him, with great joy daily. I want to share the Gospel, encourage other sisters/brothers in Christ through prayer and do as He leads by the faith He's given through His abundant grace! Read more on my "About Me" page at my site.

4 thoughts on “Ready or Not–Here It Comes! Part 1”

  1. This is a great post. Very well done. Do you mind if I share it on my facebook page? And btw are you on fB? If not, I think you should be sharing your writing with others. Wayne

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    1. Thank you Wayne–whenever the Lord teaches something I need in my life, I pass it one, praying He will use it for His glory and to help someone else. No, I haven’t had a FB page for several years now. For me, it took up too much time.
      I will pray about it though.
      Be blessed on this Father’s Day!
      ~streim~

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  2. The Word of God is our food. We should partake at least every day, reading, meditating and memorising; storing it in our minds and hearts, ready to use in times of trials. It is sharper than any two-edged sword and part of the whole armour which God has supplied.

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    1. AMEN!!! Just as Saul heard God’s Word from Samuel—he knew what he was suppose to do, but he didn’t. Why? Because he ignored the Word of God. As I’ve said to other often, the armor of God is mostly for protection—and our only offense against temptation and the whiles of the enemy is God’s Holy Word. His Word is our spiritual food, we would never think to resist our physical need for food, so why do some ignore “every Word that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord” (Deuteronomy *:3 )Thanks for the great comment.
      Blessings!
      Stephanie

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