Be prepared~ in His Word

Be prepared – In His Word
Lately there is a lot of talk about being prepared; prepared for college, prepared for earthquakes and other emergency situations, and prepared to get a job. What about this do you think you need most? I say we need to be prepared to follow God, to put our trust in Him and to do His will in our lives.
Sometimes it seems we put too much stock in our selves. We think we can save ourselves from so many situations, and though that may be true, the ultimate salvation can only come through Jesus Christ. It can be pretty difficult to figure out but if we get in the Word of God, we can prepare our minds to understand what His will is for us.

So, prepare your minds for action and exercise self-control. Put all your hope in the gracious salvation that will come to you when Jesus Christ is revealed to the world. So, you must live as God’s obedient children. Don’t slip back into your old ways of living to satisfy your own desires. You didn’t know any better then. But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy. For the Scriptures say, “You must be holy because I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:13-15
We want to be like Jesus, so we need to spend time learning and listening to His still small voice. God’s Word, our Bible is full of life stories of wise people that we can learn from. We need to find like-minded people to hang around with as well. It is truth that who you hang around will both glean from you and you will become like them, even if just a little bit.

Anyone who walks with wise people grows wise. But a companion of foolish people suffers harm. Proverbs 13:20
Through Christ you have come to trust in God. And you have placed your faith and hope in God because he raised Christ from the dead and gave him great glory. 1 Peter 1:21
When we put our faith, trust and hope in Christ we will be able to step out and do whatever He puts before us without fear. We can walk holy as Christ is holy, by reading the Word, by hanging with wise Christians, and by spending time thinking on these things and more as we pray, and just talk with God.
So, does that guarantee us a peaceful life and no problems? Sorry, but nope!  The rain falls on the just and the unjust, according to Matthew 5:45.
 For it is better, if it is the will of God, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.1 Peter 3:17
The thing that is great though is even if we have to suffer while walking with Christ in our lives we will be better off in the long run. We have eternity with peace, hope, faith, joy and Jesus!
I have said it before and I will say it again; I would rather live my life with Christ and go through troubles than to not trust that God will bring me through, and find out in the end I was wrong either way.
For with God I have peace even in the fire! I hope in Christ even in the flames! If we are prepared in our hearts and minds then we can stand up to anything and know that we are not alone.
So how can we do that? Read the Bible, pray and listen for His still small voice. Apply what we learn to our lives and we can be prepared.
I can pray peace be still, and feel the waves of emotion calm in my soul. In Jesus’ name.
Heavenly Father, I thank you for being with us through it all, sorrow and joy, peace and disasters; for You will never leave us nor forsake us and we know you will bring us through whatever you have put before us and whatever we walk through we can trust in You and not be afraid! In Jesus’ name, amen.
Suggested reading 1Peter 1:1-25,1 Peter 3:1-22, Matthew 5:1-45, and 1 Peter 2:1-25