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Positioning Leads to Breakthrough
by Cen Lintz
09/03/13
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As I continue in pursuing the will of God for my life as well as the things of Him- namely His attributes and character, I am learning how operating in faith truly does produce a sense of readiness.

In order for us to enter into a position of readiness, we would first need to take the steps necessary for preparation.

I mean, how else are we able to stand in expectation of receiving or walking in the desired manifestation of promise if we've failed to prepare?

Case in point: let's consider date night (with spouse or friends) after work or whatever the situation might be. An individual anticipating the evening event will first begin with preparation as all of the specifics for the engagement are arranged and in order, i.e., time and location.

Let's also take into account how much we can give thought as to the details of what we'll wear (even down to the accessories), all to execute our absolute best look. I mean to each his own, but I absolutely refuse to meet somewhere in which I'm not prepared for.

As I continued to meditate on this thought, the Spirit of The Lord had shown me two brief visual illustrations, both having to do with servicemen in uniforms.

The 1st visual was a depiction of military representatives always being on guard and ready at a moments notice. The 2nd visual was interesting as it had to do with firemen resting, but as soon as the alarm sounds, they too are up at a moments notice- literally stepping into their gear and ready to embark on extinguishing the emerged hazardous situation.

I find our perception of such servicemen to be very interesting as even their global image is synonymous with organization. Neither of these uniformed servicemen are ever scurrying about looking for their personal effects as they are people trained in preparation and readiness!

Also, take into consideration how there isn't always a demand for the actual use of these services; no initial urgency presented for either group to respond, but once their services are needed, they are on point and do not waste time when moving out in operation!

So should this posture and behavior be the preeminent structure operating in every Believer's life, whereby, we are able to effectively lead by example.

I think the reference of their uniforms signified order and conduct, which too, is a representation of prepared readiness as organization will always produce a cohesive flow for allowing transitions to run smoothly.

We can definitely find examples of preparedness in the Bible and of such, I will recapitulate two of them.

The first example chronicles Noah, the Ark and the Flood. {Genesis 6-10}

Most Believers' have yet to understand that building an ark wasn't just an uncommon practice in the eyes of passing spectators, but it was also strange because no one had ever seen rain as it had yet to fall and water the land. So, for Noah's actions to speak and warn of a flood was absolutely absurd to the people of his day.

As far as the time it took to build the ark- one can't really be certain, but it couldn't have been more than 98 years considering Arphaxad was born to Shem (Noah's son) two years after the flood when he was 100 years old.

Howeverbeit, 1 year or 98 years- there's only so much ridiculing a person can tolerate! Can you imagine the constant scrutiny that went on, not just throughout the day, but each and every day!

Be that as it may, we know the end result to Noah's preparedness concluded in sparing the lives of his family in addition to the paired animals on the ark. Imagine had he not prepared...

The second example chronicles Joseph's bondage and life in Egypt. {Genesis 37-50}

It's extremely difficult to fine-tune Joseph's account as there's so much to extract, nonetheless, here's a guy whose life-story is just as interesting as it was tumultuous. Him being a dreamer and favored by dad didn't win him any brownie points with his older brothers, of which contributed to the reason they sought his demise.

As fate would have it, there were other plans brewing in operation for Joseph as this "token" child's journey had taken him from: liberation to the pit; the pit into slavery and from slavery into prison.

It wasn't until Pharaoh's deep distress of a recurring dream that Joseph was released from prison. After providing Pharaoh with not only accurate interpretation, but also the solution for the problem on the horizon, Joseph was made governor and given high rank over all of Egypt.

As referenced with Noah, Joseph's preparedness saved a nation from what could have drastically resulted in catastrophic fatality. Thus, the reason people should always remain in a position of readiness. There's an expression I often use with my son that goes: "prepared people are always ready". When you are properly prepared, you are not consumed by thoughts of worry or concern. Even more so, preparedness enables you to graduate into the next phase of life's journey without delay.

There's a little story that I briefly want to mention in reference to the matter of preparedness. It isn't quite bible-based per say, but it is definitely along the lines of practical application.

For sometime, I've wondered about the expression: "faith like potatoes" and its correlation in the Believer's life and recently, I came upon a blog where someone had posted an entry about this very thing. Being that I have yet to watch the movie (Faith like Potatoes), I am uncertain as to its common association with the expression.

However, the post gave a depiction of two potato farmers. Both praying- asking God to send rain to water their fields so that their crops could grow, enabling them to provide for their families. While one farmer truly prayed without ceasing, the other farmer prayed and then prepared his field.

Needless to say, the farmer whose prayer coupled with action received his harvest sooner. With taking that in consideration, please don't misconstrue what I'm saying because I would never convey that prayer alone won't suffice, yet, accessing the situation is necessary for determining the proper method of approach.

For instance, you're believing God for the salvation or healing of loved ones- in this position, prayer is more than enough. On the other hand, let's say you believe God is birthing you into a new season of life by uprooting and moving you into another state or country; well, in a case such as this, you would need to prepare for His providence as among other things, boxes aren't going to pack themselves, right?!

The bible does say faith without works is dead!

In conclusion, it's vital that every Believer knows and understand that favor seeks a prepared and ready people because prepared people are always positioned to receive. Preparedness releases the power of God and allows His strong hand to operate in our lives, thus enabling His Body of people to become victorious, over-comers who are more than conquerors through Christ Jesus and ultimately render us as powerful, effective and useful vessels unto the Kingdom all for the glory of God.

So... are you prepared???


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