“Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things that are not yet done, Saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, And I will do all My pleasure…” – Isaiah 46:10
One of the greatest benefits of a believer in Christ is the privilege of knowing what lies ahead. (1 Corinthians 2:9-10)
For example, every believer who studies the bible, can boldly speak on the counsel of God for mankind and the whole universe.
This knowledge does not come without a responsibility. It places a demand of readiness on us.
Today, we shall deal with two areas in which believers are required to be prepared.
The first is as regard temptation and the other, our ministry of reconcilation.
As regards temptation, Jesus warned Peter in Matthew 26:41 thus: “Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
Matthew 26:69-75 reports how Peter fell into temptation by denying Jesus three times. Upon remembering Jesus’ earlier prediction in verse 34 , he wept bitterly. By asking him to pray, Jesus was trying to get him prepared for the temptation to come. But Peter did not pray.
In the area of ministry, we are also instructed in the word to be prepared.
Paul in Ephesian 6:15 uses the word “preparation” to explain how we are to approach the preaching of the gospel.
Peter puts it succintly in I Peter 3:15 thus: “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always BE READY to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear;”.
Titus 3:1b says “Be ready for every good work.”
According to II Timothy 4:2, we are to “Preach the word! BE READY in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.”
Dear believer, be ready. Be prepared for the ministry God has placed in your hands. Be prepared when temptation comes. A man who is unprepared will fail.
How do we prepare? It’s very simple.
We prepare with prayer! We prepare by diligently studying the word.
We prepare by going deeper in our devotional life.