Get up, dress up, show up, and never give up

 When you are brought before synagogues, rulers and authorities, do not worry about how you will defend yourselves or what you will say,  for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say.” -Luke 12:22-26

Zig Ziglar said “No matter how you feel… get up, dress up, show up, and never give up!”

I have started the day the same way for as long as I can remember. I am the first one awake in the house (having a dog who has a non-negotiable internal alarm clock set for 5:00 a.m. helps!) and it is the quietest part of the day. I start the coffee, take the dog out for a quick walk so the next half hour or so is uninterrupted, and begin reading my devotionals. I read the daily section of the Bible-in-a-year schedule, Jesus Calling, Streams in the Desert, My Utmost for His Highest, and Walking With God, and then I blog. This time spent alone with God prepares me for whatever the day holds.

I believe that this struggle with the giant is set in an environment of evil. The Bible tells us to turn our back on evil and flee from it, but what do you do if that isn’t possible- if you have to work in and with evil to take a stand against it? For starters you prepare and for me that means starting the day with a strategy session with the Almighty. My demonstration of trust in God weakens principalities and powers of darkness- that is the foundation for the day.

“Demonstrate your trust in Me by sitting quietly in My Presence. Put aside all that is waiting to be done, and refuse to worry about anything. This sacred time together strengthens you and prepares you to face whatever the day will bring. By waiting with Me before you begin the day’s activities, you proclaim the reality of My living Presence. This act of faith- waiting before working- is noted in the spirit world, where your demonstration of trust weakens principalities and powers of darkness.

When you spend time with Me, I restore your sense of direction. As you look to Me for guidance, I enable you to do less but accomplish more.” -Sarah Young, Jesus Calling

After preparing for the day by meeting with God, it is time to suit up- and that means putting on the armor of God.

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God,so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.

Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.  In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” Ephesians 6:10-17

After preparing for the the day by meeting with God, suiting up in the full armor of God, it’s time to commit to trusting God with the next steps. The next steps in this struggle seem daunting, and when I am tempted to worry, which happens often, I commit and recommit until peace overtakes that worry.

 “Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear.  For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! 25 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life?  Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?” -Luke 12:22-26

Commit to the Lord whatever you do,
    and he will establish your plans.” -Proverbs 16:3

My plan for enduring the time spent with evil: Get up and spend time with God. Dress up in the armor of God. Show up and trust God with the next steps. Never give up and recommit regularly.

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