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PREPARE UNTIL…..
February 15, 2014
Proverbs 6:6-8

Everyone born of a woman has an assignment. We have not been called to do the same thing, but we all have been called to do something. In Jeremiah 1, Jeremiah was given an assignment before he was formed in his mother’s womb. In Judges 13:5, Samson’s assignment was established before he was born. He would be born a Nazarene and would begin to deliver Israel out of the hands of the Philistines. Jesus’s assignment was stated in several verses of the Bible (See section below). John the Baptist had an assignment as the forerunner of Jesus Christ to prepare the way for the coming Messiah. Luke 1, 14-17 says, “And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth. For he will be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink. He will also be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb. And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God. He will also go before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, ‘to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” Mary’s assignment was to be the vessel God would use to bring forth the Messiah. God prepared Jesus Christ 30 years for a 31/2 year assignment. He prepared Him in the open and prepared Him in the wilderness. Do you know that God separated Moses from his people for a while to prepare him (Exodus 18:1-2)? God prepared Moses for 80 years for a 40 year assignment. He was prepared 40 years in Pharaoh’s palace (Acts 7:22-23). In those 40 years, he learned the ways of the Egyptians. He learned to lead. After all, he would have to go back to Egypt to free his people who had been in bondage 430 years.

He could not have been successful without the wisdom and knowledge he learned in Pharaoh’s palace. Another 40 years, he was prepared in Midian as a shepherd. As a shepherd, he led his flock to green pastures. The lessons learned taught him to lead 600,000 people out of Egypt. During His time in the desert, he also learned how to commune with God. He learned to rule the people by the voice of the Lord. During your preparation season, there will be times when you have to separate yourself. There will be seasons when you have to be alone to prepare and hear the voice of God. During seasons like these, you will be lonely. You may even feel like God has forgotten you. But continue to prepare, you will surely reach your goal. When Moses’ 40 years as a shepherd were over, God appeared to him in the wilderness to reveal to his assignment to him (Acts 7:30). Without preparation, you cannot fulfill your assignment. You must start your preparation the moment you receive your assignment. In most cases, you will have to discover your assignment. When you discover it, you do not have time for excuses. You must go for it! God created everything with an assignment. Psalm 139:16 (NIV) says, “Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” Unfortunately, we add our own chapters to our book. We add chapters that have nothing to do with God’s expected end to our book. Other times, we make excuses for not fulfilling our destinies. In this season we have to make choices. Either to prolong the end, change the end or allow God to do what He initially planned to do; to bring us to an expected end (Jeremiah 29:11 KJV). In addition, we miss opportunities because of lack of planning and preparation. When preparation meets opportunity, there is success (Luke 14:28).

Your assignment needs preparation. Preparation involves planning. One who fails to plan, plans to fail (Proverbs 29:18 KJV). To prepare means to make ready beforehand for some purpose, use, or activity. When opportunities open up, you ought to be prepared not getting prepared. Farmers prepare the land before they plant the seed. Athletes train and prepare before an event. Musicians do it. Event planners do it. Successful people do it. Even ants do it! It’s not always fun. It takes work. In fact, sometimes the hours may seem long. And it might not feel like you’re making any progress. However, the end result is rewarding. The parable of the ten virgins in Matthew 25:1-13 is about preparation. The five that prepared were called wise virgins and the five that did not prepare were called foolish virgins. Joseph’s word to Pharaoh in Genesis 41: 25-36 was about preparation. Egypt prepared for 7 years for a 7 year famine. You are moving to the next level. However, it will take sacrifice to get there. Continue to press. Stay positive. Your success, growth, breakthrough, and timely manifestation of your promise will come from your preparation (Hebrews 10:35). You will reach your expected end in Jesus’ name. TO BE CONTINUED…..

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