For the last few weeks the Lord has placed the word preparation in my spirit. Preparation is very important in many instances in our lives and I could waste valuable space to list some of them. Today I want to write about spiritually preparing for God’s blessings, promises and provisions for your life and my life. To be prepared means to be ready in every sense of the matter. being ready and available to Jesus Christ makes all the difference. It also directly affects your blessings as well. If you dont prepare and make yourself ready then you will be unprepared and unready to follow God’s instructions for your life and miss out on so many wonderful blessings and victories in God.
Being ready and prepared to meet Jesus Christ at His coming is of vital importance. Jesus declared in
( Matthew 24:44) Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. The five foolish virgins were unprepared and didnt have the oil in their lamps and were lost as a result. (Matthew 25: 10) And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.
Jesus tells us to be prepared all the time because He could come in any watch of the night. (Mark 13:35)Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning. (Luke 12:36) And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately.
Let me say preparation always precedes God’s blessings. There are many examples in God’s Word. As we prepare God will meet our need according to His riches in Glory by Christ Jesus.
In the word of God we see God said there would no water until the ditches were dug. ( 2 Kings 3:16-17) 16And he said, Thus saith the LORD, Make this valley full of ditches. 17For thus saith the LORD, Ye shall not see wind, neither shall ye see rain; yet that valley shall be filled with water, that ye may drink, both ye, and your cattle, and your beasts.
The promise of oil came when the borrowed vessels were gathered. ( 2 Kings 4:3-4)
3Then he said, Go, borrow thee vessels abroad of all thy neighbours, even empty vessels; borrow not a few. 4And when thou art come in, thou shalt shut the door upon thee and upon thy sons, and shalt pour out into all those vessels, and thou shalt set aside that which is full.
Naaman couldn’t receive healing until he had dipped seven times. (2 Kings 5:10) And Elisha sent a messenger unto him, saying, Go and wash in Jordan seven times, and thy flesh shall come again to thee, and thou shalt be clean.
The Messiah could not come until His way had been prepared. (Isaiah 40:3) The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
There can be no Harvest until the fallow(unplowed ground) had been broken up or plowed. ( Hosea 10:12) Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the LORD, till he come and rain righteousness upon you.
There cannot be reconcilliation without repentance. (Joel 2:12-13) 12Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning:
13And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.
There cannot be a Vision without obedience. (John 9:7) And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing.
There was no resurrection until the stone was removed. (John 11:39) Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days.
Man cannot enter into Heaven without cleansing. (Revelation 7:13-14) 13And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they?
14And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
Ultimately those who dont make preparations will be like the generation that persihed in the days of Noah. ( Matthew 24: 38-39) 38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, 39And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
I close this message with the words of warning given to us by Jesus Christ our King. (Luke 21:34-35)34And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. 35For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.
I have been actively involved in the ministry as Pastor, Evangelist, Youth Pastor District Superintendent. I have been preaching for 18 years and the Lord has been speaking to me very distinctly over the course of the last few weeks about preparing myself for a new area of ministry He is moving me into. In doing so I have submitted myself to a local church and I am no longer preaching revivals at this time. The Lord has asked me to work in my local church and is allowing me to fulfill the desire of my heart which is to attend a credible Apostolic Bible College. I have since enrolled in the Biblical Apostolic Universities Associates Degree Program. BAU is accredited by the Assemblies of the Lord Jesus Christ Christian School Accreditation and is a wonderful fully Apostolic Bible College.
I am preparing for the next level in Jesus and I and my family are so blessed. Preparation will bring a blessing. I know the Lord will speak to us when it is time to move forward. Until then I will continue to write and preach in my local church and be a dedicated bible college student until Jesus reveals the fulness of His plan. Is Jesus telling you to prepare for a new area of ministry? Is he calling you just now into ministry of some sort? Find you a good Apostolic Church. Attend bible college if you so desire because God’s will can be found in a solid Apostolic education. If you dont feel attending school is whats needed then work with your local church and allow God to prepare you and equip you to be all he wills and desires for you to be.
I hope this has been a blessing. In Jesus Name.
A Man built upon Jesus the Solid Rock.
Bro. Josh Sparks.