Today’s Daily Med: We need the preparation of the Gospel of Peace
Yesterday morning, our Sunday School teacher told us a story about when he was first saved. A policeman pulled him over and asked if he knew why. His response to the officer was “I have no idea, but are you saved?” Needless to say, it didn’t go over well. The policeman was not impressed at all. However, it wasn’t the young Christian’s fault. He was an infant in the Lord and unprepared.
God does not expect us to be the perfect Christian the minute we accept Him into our hearts . . . or ever really. He knows that it is a journey of growth and preparation along the way. He would never expect someone recently saved to be equipped to go out on the mission field, for instance. It takes training: studying God’s Word, gaining godly counsel, and serious prayer.
If you talked to any of our military men and women, they would tell you the hard work and preparation they must do before stepping foot onto a battle ground. They don’t just sign up, grab a gun, and have at it. They have to train physically, mentally, and emotionally to handle the war zones to come.
The thing I don’t get is how many Christians enter into the war zone completely unprepared. They do not read their Bibles, they do not go to church regularly or at all, and they do not fellowship with other Christians. How can one win a battle without any armour or weapons? It makes no sense!
The thing of it is, the enemies that we battle against are not enemies we can see. The battle exists in a spiritual realm. Satan launches attack after attack, and the only way we can survive those attacks are by the Lord’s power and strength.
(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) – 2 Corinthians 10:4
Steve Curington notes the example of a football player. They seem to only take a few minutes to prepare by putting on their protective gear, but what we don’t see is their many hours of practice and drills. They prepare mentally and physically for the battle; then they put on the armour and go at it. We need to do that as well. Before we can play in the game, we have to understand the sport and gear ourselves us.
In January, I shall be venturing off to the WalkRight Bible Institute. Some wonder why a 33 year old with a Master’s would go for yet more schooling. Well, I need to prepare to do the work I was called to do! I may have a master’s degree, but I have never gone through any intensive Bible programs. In order to fulfill my call into missions, I have to be prepared with the power of the Lord!
Imagine if I were witnessing to someone. They asked me, “So, how do I know that hell is real?” If I didn’t know my Bible, how could I give them God’s answer? My opinion isn’t going to cut it; it is God’s Word that counts!
The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. – Matthew 13:41-42
And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcases of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh. – Isaiah 66:24
And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works . . . And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. – Revelation 20:12, 14-15
As you can see, going into the world to spread the Gospel and not preparing properly can actually hinder rather than help the cause of Christ. Does that mean we should stay in our cozy bubbles so that we don’t mess up? Not at all! It means we should study our Bibles every single day, we should have an intimate and daily prayer life with the Lord, and we should surround ourselves with godly Christians who can mentor and guide us as we grow.
The Lord knows we will make mistakes along the way, but as our Father, He will help us to learn from those mistakes and move forward from them!
“Spiritual warfare is very real, and we must realize that we engage against demonic forces on a daily basis,” Steve Curington stresses. “Therefore, we must prepare our hearts for peace. The only way to do this is by what Paul calls the shodding of the feet.”
Let’s prepare ourselves to be used of Christ! God’s power is Mighty and Invincible and completely at our fingertips as long as we will accept it!
Today’s Meds were used by permission of Reformer’s Unanimous International. © 2009 by Boyd Stevens Publications All rights reserved. Permission obtained to use Steve Curington’s Preparing for Peace: Overcoming Strife through the Peace of the Hid-N-Life as a part of this blog by Reformer’s Unanimous International.