Prepare Yourself

Good Word from Johannes this morning about the power of God’s Word in us to help us in times of trouble!

As I sit here the sun is going down on this beautiful Wyoming day. All I can hear is birds chirping and rabbits sitting peacefully in front of me with Antelope off in the distance. It is hard for me to imagine the verses from Mark 13 below.  

And when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. This must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines. These are but the beginning of the birth pains. “But be on your guard. For they will deliver you over to councils, and you will be beaten in synagogues, and you will stand before governors and kings for my sake, to bear witness before them. (Mark 13:7-9 ESV)

But be on guard; I have told you all things beforehand. (Mark 13:23 ESV)

I think of the people in the Middle East that are falling asleep with heavy artillery going off all around them. This is more real to them. They fled from their homes and have nothing and are just trying to make it through another day.

Jesus warns us that worse times are to come. Can you imagine!! During this time me and you might not have access to a bible. So how do we prepare??

You prepare by studying and meditating on the word of God (the bible) and make it a priority in your life. When you know the word it will be your comfort in time of need. The Holy Spirit will remind you of the text you have read and studied at the time you need it.

 For some of you studying the Bible might be something new or you might be seeking a new way to do this.

I want to give you a few ideas that I hope will help you.

- Set a time daily where you can be alone for 30 minutes to an hour to spend time in God’s word.

- Don’t know where to start? Take a book of the bible at a time. The book of John is a good one to start with.

- Get a notepad, pen and highlighter ready. As you study take about 7 to 10 verses a day. Highlight what is important to you so you can turn back to it.

- Use the pen and notepad after you have read through the verses of the day go back verse by verse and write down what each of them mean to you.

- When you are all done just take time to meditate and process what you have learned and listen to what God is telling you.

- Then spend some time in prayer. Do not miss this step it is very important for your relationship with God.

If you are not doing this already I want to challenge you to try this for 14 days and see how it will change your life.

If you do this every day and the hard times come you will not be only surviving you will have peace that comes from the word of God.

May God visit with you as you make time for Him.

Your life will never be the same.