Not too long ago, I posted my friend, Cindy’s blog. Cindy did an awesome job sharing about preparing your home for your family and friends. She stressed the value you offer another when you do the small and simple things that say, “I love you; you are important to me and so I made preparation for you.”
I sat with the Lord in this word “prepare”, because I thought, “If it blesses others when we prepare for them, I bet it blesses the heart of God when we prepare for Him and prepare for each day that He gives us.”
While preparation is a key principle in your relationships, there is also great value in personal preparation for your day.
PERSONAL PREP LEADS TO PRODUCTIVE PROGRESS IN YOUR PURPOSE
but to not prepare can set you up for need of repair!
Here are 5 ways I found in the Bible to personally prep for every day:
1. Prepare your soul, by spending time with the Lord. “Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight paths for Him” (Isaiah 40:3) The Bible tells us that every day we live was a day ordained by God for us. It only makes sense that if He gave us the day, He also has plans for us within that day; but we have to align ourselves to it. We must get our hearts, our souls (mind, emotions, and will) right. We must think on Him, so we feel as He feels, so our desires will be His desires for us. Spending time with God each day gets our perspective for the day aligned with His. This time with Him is also when the Holy Spirit may give you a truth that you or someone you meet that day may need. The Holy Spirit can prepare you for what is to come in your day, if you will be still enough to listen, because John says that the Spirit will tell you of things to come. So spending time with God each day, prepares your soul for the day.
2. Prepare the atmosphere for your important conversations. If you’ve ever read the stories of both Ruth and Esther, you know how important it is to prepare the environment for important conversations. Both women gave us beautiful examples to follow. Oftentimes, we need to prepare a warm, loving, and serving atmosphere, that makes room for the Spirit of God to work in a given situation. When facing hard conversations or confrontations, preparing the atmosphere with prayer and worship music, will align your life to be led by the Spirit.
3. Place your focus on the purposes God prepared for you to do. Ephesians 2:10 says we were created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for you to do. Ask Him to reveal your assignment for each day which He prepared in advance for you to do each day. As you pray and listen, the Lord will speak to you and draw your attention to people who may need your words or actions to draw them to Jesus. Always be ready and tuned in to what the Spirit is saying and what he wants you to do or say in order to fulfill your purpose for that day.
4. Pull from what’s already been prepared for you. The 23rd Psalm speaks of God being our Good Shepherd. In verse 5, David says, “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.” The shepherds of Jesus’ day were solely responsible for the sheep’s well being. Often, a shepherd would go looking for the “table lands,” a high plateau that is difficult to reach but where there is good, healthy grass for the sheep to graze. He would go and prepare the land by removing anything that might harm the sheep. The table has been prepared for us to graze upon who God is and who we are in light of who He is. We take it in and allow it to spiritually nourish us in such a way that the enemies of our souls, our shame, Satan’s lies, sin, and selfishness must watch as we take in truth and overcome their schemes. Therefore, throughout your day, when the enemy seeks to lie to you or you are tempted to live apart from Jesus, you can at any time, run to the table spread before you and feast on His truth.
5. Put your hope in the place prepared for you. When Jesus was preparing to go to the cross, He brought His disciples a word of encouragement so that their souls would not be troubled. This is what He said: “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with Me that you also may be where I am.” John 14:1-3. Never is there ever a time when we have to feel discouraged. This is not our home. But we certainly have a home, and Jesus has gone to prepare it! What joy! What peace! What comfort! What HOPE that gives us!
I truly believe that when we spiritually prepare for every day with these 5 truths from God’s Word, we gain the perspective we need and align ourselves to find fulfillment and abundant life as we accomplish, through the Spirit’s power, what the Father desired for each and every day. You are loved.
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