Sunday Scripture – Ready Our Horse for Battle

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

How many things in life do we; have we, achieved or accomplished without putting in the time to prepare and be ready for them? Probably not many, if I had to guess. At least I know that’s the case with me.

In school we prepare to pass tests by studying the material ahead of time. In our careers we learn the ins and outs of our job to be successful.

If we want to achieve a certain level of success in a sport, we spend hours learning the game, and practicing until it becomes second nature.

Few of us are gifted enough to pick up an instrument and play it with excellence the first time. It takes hours of practice to hit all the right notes and play without mistake.

A new craft, hobby or skill? Practice. Practice. Practice.

We practice to be ready.

The writer of Proverbs tells us we must ready our horse before we head out to battle. Even then, the victory belongs to the Lord.

If we expect to withstand Satan when he hurls his fiery darts of doubt, temptation, discouragement, and disappointment at us, we need to have our horse ready ahead of time. We need to study what God’s word tells us. We need to sink our souls into the truths within the pages of the Bible. We need to be bold and courageous when attacked, knowing our LORD is the one fighting the battle for us.

God is the one who gives the victory.

In fact, Jesus already won the war. Satan is defeated. He has no power except what God allows.

Yes. The victory belongs to the Lord, but we need to do our part and be ready for the day of battle.

How do you get ready for the battles you face each day?

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The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but the victory belongs to the Lord. Proverbs 21:31 (ESV)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Sunday Scriptures — Obedience Demonstrates Trust

Isaiahby Sandy Kirby Quandt

Continuing with the familiar story of Joshua and the defeat of Jericho found in Joshua 6 that I wrote about last Sunday, I’d like to look at the fact obedience demonstrates trust.

Last year I wrote that obedience was a huge part of the Jericho victory. God gave the Israelites victory over their enemies when they trusted and obeyed him. Simple as that.

The same goes for us today. Saying we believe God is one thing, stepping out in faith, trusting, and obeying God’s will, is something else.

In this story, the priests carried the Ark of the Covenant with them into battle. When Joshua and the Israelites got to the flooded Jordan River, Joshua 3:14-17 tells us as soon as the priests’ feet touched the water’s edge, the water upstream stopped flowing.

They had to step into liquid before they could cross on dry ground.

Remember, most of these men had lived their whole life in the desert. I’m pretty sure they didn’t know how to swim. Yet in obedience, they did as the LORD commanded. They stood in the middle of the Jordan River.

Joshua 3:15-16 tells us it was harvest season and the Jordan River was overflowing its banks. But as soon as the priests’ feet touched the water at the river’s edge, the water began backing up and the river bed became dry.

Did you get that? The Jordan was at flood stage, overflowing its banks. This was not a small trickling flow of water, to be sure.

In our lives God may call us to situations that are as daunting as the flooded banks of a raging river. When we reach that river, will we step out in faith, in obedience, and demonstrate our trust, or not?

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It was the harvest season, and the Jordan was overflowing its banks. But as soon as the feet of the priests who were carrying the Ark touched the water at the river’s edge, the water above that point began backing up a great distance away at a town called Adam, which is near Zarethan. And the water below that point flowed on to the Dead Sea until the riverbed was dry. Then all the people crossed over near the town of Jericho. Joshua 3:15-16 (NLT)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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