Ready is the third word in our blog series on the word Strategic.
Ready or not here I come! This is the phrase that’s heard during the hide and seek game right before the pursuer begins searching for those that are hiding. Strangely enough, this is a game that the enemy plays with believers. He hopes that we won’t hide ourselves properly so that he can wreak havoc in our lives. However, if we effectively apply the strategy of being ready, the enemy will come up empty handed every time. So how do remain ready? I’m glad you asked.
One way to remain ready is to know the word of God. 2 Timothy 2:15 says, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth”. Knowing the truth is the key to maintaining your freedom (John 8:32). When the enemy comes to tempt you, the word is your weapon. He tempted Jesus three times and each time Jesus responded with “it is written” and finally the enemy left him alone. Using the word in prayer not only stifles the enemy, but it demands a response from heaven because God’s honors his word (Isaiah 55:11).
God has deposited certain gifts within you, however, if you don’t use them they have the potential to go dormant. This is what is meant by the phrase in Luke 19:13 “occupy till I come”. Many of you have been given the gift of intercession, however, if you aren’t praying, you won’t see the fruit of your labor in prayer.
The enemy comes as a roaring lion, to steal, kill and destroy. He comes whether we are ready or not. As a warrior, you must be dressed for battle. As Ephesians 6:11 tells us, we must put on the full armor, not just certain pieces, in preparation for war with the enemy. Only then, will we be able to stand.
So when the enemy wants to play hide and seek will you be ready? Will you know that your life is hid with Christ in God (Colossians 3:3)? Will you live your life in a manner that when the enemy comes, he won’t find anything like him in you (John 14:30)?
Ready or not the enemy is coming. More importantly, ready or not, Jesus is coming, so choose to be ready on both occasions.
Be blessed, but first comes obedience!