I am currently training to run my third half marathon. In the middle of my training, God has revealed to me the importance of training for life. Today I want to talk to you about being prepared.
Often people think if they follow Jesus their life is going to be easy. But Jesus never promised us an easy life. In fact, He told us it would be hard, and that the world may even hate us. Following Jesus isn’t always an easy choice. But it’s the right choice, and it is so worth it. He gives us everything we need. He never leaves us or forsakes us. No matter what comes your way, whether blessing or trial…you can have confidence in knowing Jesus is enough!
If you aren’t trained for the difficult times, you won’t get through them or learn from them the way God intended. Sure, you may be okay for the first few days or weeks, but if you haven’t trained your mind in God’s word, spent daily time with Him and knowing His truth…how are you going to get through it?
It’s like running a half marathon. You could just show up on race day and decide to run. But if your body isn’t properly trained or used to running, you will hit a breaking point. If your body isn’t used to running consistently, no matter the weather, through the cramps and pains, you will eventually hit a breaking point. You may last until mile 3, 5, or 6, but you will hit a breaking point. You will get sore, tired, lose your breath, want to stop or you may even stop. Because your body wasn’t prepared. Your body wasn’t trained. You weren’t ready. And life is the same. If you don’t prepare for the hard times, when you’re in them they will be that much harder.
How do you prepare? It’s simple really, you get in God’s word. God’s word is alive, active, and here for you. He wrote it for you to use as a guide to get through life, to live your life for Him, and to point others to Him. God will reveal Himself to you through His word, in the hard times and in the good times. This book was written for you.
There is so much power in God’s word. The Bible will get you through anything you may face in life if you allow it to help you. But it isn’t going to help you if you don’t read it, if you don’t take time daily to get into His word. You have got to get His word in your heart! There is such power in knowing scripture verses through memorization. It is vital in your walk with Him to know His word.
If you allow Him to, everything you go through in life can be turned into good and even help someone else. God wants to prune you, mold you, and shape you into the best version of yourself for His Kingdom. If you’re currently going through a rough season or a hard trial, ask God to reveal to you what you need to learn through this. Ask God to mold you and prune you where He needs to. Ask God to allow you to be open to what He wants to teach you through this season. God has a purpose for it.
I encourage you today to find a “life verse”. Find a verse, or two, or three, that you can declare over your life. Once you’ve found your verse, write it on a notecard. Put this notecard somewhere you are going to see it multiple times throughout your day. Put it in your car. Put it on your nightstand. Tape it to your bathroom mirror. Hang it on your fridge. Find a place for it and memorize that verse! When you need it the most, God will remind you of that verse and I promise it will greatly help you in your time of need. God loves you deeply, and one way He shows His love for you is through the Bible. Take advantage of the blessing we have to read His word. Daily spend time with God through reading and studying the Bible, worship, and prayer. He longs to have a personal relationship with you! And a personal relationship with Him is exactly what you need.
*Need help finding a verse to memorize? Below is a list of a few powerful verses.
1. 2 Timothy 1:7, “God does not give us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind.”
2. Joshua 1:9, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
3. Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”
4. Luke 1:37, “No word from God will ever fail.”
5. Proverbs 11:25, “A generous person will prosper; those who refresh others will be refreshed.”
6. John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.”
7. Romans 8:28, “For we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”
8. Proverbs 3:3, 5-6, “Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.” “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him and He will make your paths straight.”
9. Isaiah 40:31, “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not be faint.”
10. Matthew 11:28, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
Scripture references from blog:
- 1 Corinthians 9:24
- Hebrews 12:1
- James 1:12
- Romans 5:3-4
- 2 Timothy 3:16-17
- Psalm 119:11