Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Devotional by Raul Ries


Spiritually Prepared

“So it shall be, when you are on the verge of battle, that the priest shall approach and speak to the people.”
Deuteronomy 20:2

Who were the leaders? The leaders were the priests, not the Captains or the Generals, the spiritual leaders. Why? The priests stood for the Lord who was the One fighting their battles. The people had to come before the Lord to deal with their spiritual lives, before going to war.

That is why we have to start each day with the Lord. We should be in the Word and in prayer every morning before we leave the house, so we will be spiritually prepared for the battles. Then, we will be walking in the Spirit and not in the flesh.

How can God do warfare when people’s hearts are not with Him? Seriously, how can He do it? You are going to be challenged every day. You will face problems; you will deal with difficult people; and you will be overwhelmed by people and circumstances.

How are you going to handle these situations without spiritual preparation? I can tell you. You will handle them in the flesh. When we deal with things in the flesh, we no longer bring glory to the Lord. We bring shame. We tell the world our problems are too big for God. Live your life to bring Glory to God, not shame or reproach.

The only thing that God is bound to do is the very
thing that He requires of us—to glorify Himself.
~J. I. Packer~

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