Made Ready for Battle
Proverbs 21:3131 The horse is prepared for the day of battle,
But deliverance is of the Lord.
Strong's H8668 translates in the following manner: salvation (17x), deliverance (5x), help (5x), safety (4x), victory (3x).
The horse is prepared for the day of battle. Think about what would have to be done for a horse to be prepared for battle. I will over only a few but i can think of so many. The horse would have to be strong so the horse would have to be conditioned to carry a load. How would we do this, by putting a load on the horse and pushing him to perform. The horse would need endurance. You certainly would not want your horse to fall out in midst of battle. The horse would have to be able to handle fear. The horse would have to be able to function in the midst of chaos. The horse would have to trust the master and the master would have to trust the horse. The horse would need to be quick and agile, as fast as possible. The horse would need to be willing to die, even though they really didn't understand death. (Use the comment tab and list additional things regarding a horse's preparation for battle).
Now I want you to think about what the soldier would do to take care of his horse. How much time would he spend training his horse? How conscious would he be of making sure his horse was fed and watered? How disciplined would he be in dealing with the horse's training? How hard would he push the horse? How much love would he show to his horse? How serious would he be about walking through the fears of the battlefield with his horse?
Now when the day of battle would come the soldier would mount his horse and ride into battle prepared. The horse would be asked to respond, but victory would come through the guidance and beautiful hands of the master. The commands, the tugs the lead, the kicks the movements in unison with obedience and victory in the hand of the master.
I want you to understand something on this day: victory is in the hands of the master. Jesus prepares you for the spiritual warfare you face. He has nurtured you along, yes He has disciplined you, yes He has placed a load on your back, yes He has made you pull more than you could pull alone, yes He has demanded much from you. But oh what He has given! Our plates are full, our water troughs aplenty, our skills tested and aligned. His command's, His teachings, His tugs, His affection, His peace, His presence, His joy, His calm, His energy, His protection , His direction, but most importantly, His love and His willingness to die in our place is always in us, made to flow through us so as to keep us.
Sometimes when we look down and we see that the water is dissipating, maybe the food is diminishing. The training seems more difficult than ever, maybe the Lord Jesus is just preparing you for the size of the battle. Maybe you are in the midst of the battle, trust your training and trust who trained you. Maybe your fear rests in your training and you know that you need Jesus. You are not prepared because you do not have a relationship with the Master. Well perhaps this battle that you are in is the very thing the Master uses to draw you into a salvation relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ! If you are in a place where you feel the need to surrender your life to Jesus Christ, please comment, "I need Jesus" with your phone number and your name, i will call you and you can begin the greatest journey of your life. If you know Jesus but you want to train different, tell Him right now that you desire to completely give yourself to Him and to surrender everything! Buckle up because you are about to embrace the most powerful time you could ever imagine! Praise Jesus for the VICTORY!
9/22/2017 11:15:44 pm
In high school I had help from a trainer at UGA in weight training. (Short version) he would push us to work out beyond our max out weight. He learned that in order for your muscles to get strong enough to push heavier weight, you had to allow them to feel heavier weight. Now of course, he helped lift it after we tried, but our bodies felt the weight and we got stronger. That cycle would keep going.
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