A Time of Preparation

Jun 6, 2013 by

A Time of Preparation

I’m definitely in a time of preparation! One week from tomorrow – on Thursday, June 13 – I am leaving on assignment – for Ireland and then on to England.  I’ll return on July 3, 2013, which incidentally is 20-years-to-the-day since we first arrived in Branson, Missouri, to live and do the work of the ministry to which we were called in this city.

Today, preparation is on my mind. First, I’m reminded of God’s preparation in us as He has brought us to the place where we are, and then our part in preparation for what He has planned for our future.

 And when I think of our future, I am reminded that His plans are for our peace and not for evil. His promise in Jeremiah 29:11 is, “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”  So, though I’m not “there” yet, I have no fear of the future because His plan is that He might be magnified and exalted in and through us, and He has the BEST in mind for us! [“He has saved the best for now” (John.2:10).]

When the Father sent John the Baptist, He spoke words of preparation for his life through Zachariah (his earthly father). I believe these are instruction for us even today:

“Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; He came and set His people free. He set the power of salvation in the center of our lives. Just as He promised long ago … a clean rescue from the enemy camp, so we can worship Him without a care in the world.

“We are made holy before Him as long as we live. And you … will go ahead to prepare His way. Present the offer of salvation and the forgiveness of sins. Through the heartfelt mercies of our God, His Sunrise will break in upon us, shining on those in the darkness, those sitting in the shadow of death, and showing us the way, one foot at a time, down the path of peace” (Luke.1:67-79 MSG).

He has been preparing you for your “assignment” all along.  God wants us to grow up, to know the whole truth and tell it in love-like Christ in everything. We take our lead from Christ, who is the source of everything we doHis very breath and blood flow through us, nourishing us so that we will grow up healthy in God, robust in love. (Ephesians.4:15-16).

And He has prepared you to be an encouragement and help to others,“So here’s what I want you to do … each one of you be prepared with something that will be useful for all” (1Corinthians.14:26).

In preparation two things are important: (1) What you take with you; (2) What you leave behind. Therefore…

“Give your heart to the heavenly things, not to the passing things of earth. For, as far as this world is concerned, you are already dead, and your true life is hidden in Christ. And above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts … and be thankful.” (Colossians.3:2-3,14).

The Outrageous Life is one of continual preparation for His glorious appearance in and through us! What a Life! ~ Shelia Hart Artt

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