One of the hardest things is to remember faith in the moments where you actually need it. We spend all this time working to build up our faith, but training is never the same as the battle. When you’re training in your head you sort of know that it’s not the real battle, so how do you really prepare yourself so the real battle isn’t a shock to the system.
“Blessed [with spiritual security] is the man who believes and trusts in and relies on the LORD And whose hope and confident expectation is the LORD. For he will be [nourished] like a tree planted by the waters, That spreads out its roots by the river; And will not fear the heat when it comes; But its leaves will be green and moist. And it will not be anxious and concerned in a year of drought Nor stop bearing fruit.”
JEREMIAH 17:7-8 AMP
The best way to be truly prepared for the battle, is when your training is your lifestyle. Consistency, we must learn to make living by faith in God a lifestyle. The tree planted by the water, is rooted by its source. It doesn’t seek that source only after the rain has gone. To be prepared for battle you don’t start to prepare only when you see the enemy coming.
““Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.”
Matthew 7:24-25 NKJV
The man who builds his house on the rock realises that you can build the most architecturally beautiful structure but if it is built on the wrong foundation it is to no avail. You can’t save foundational damage after you’ve built the entire structure. Jesus went to the cross for us because he knew we had corroded the structure of our faith through sin, the temple had to be torn down that He would build it on the strong foundation of His sacrifice in three days and could never be torn down again. That is why we say He is our firm foundation. If you build your life on Him when the winds blow and the floods come we will not fall.
when the storm comes will you remember your source. Peter had faith enough to walk on water, that if I say so myself is substantial faith. However when the storms came, his faith did not endure, because he took his eyes of his source and onto his situation.
Before the bible says, ‘blessed is the man whose hope is in the Lord and who trusts the Lord, he shall be like a tree planted by the waters’ it first says;
“Thus says the LORD: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man And makes flesh his strength, Whose heart departs from the LORD. For he shall be like a shrub in the desert, And shall not see when good comes, But shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, In a salt land which is not inhabited.”
Jeremiah 17:5-6 NKJV
You get nowhere in this life once you let your circumstance direct you. The moment you put your trust in men and in situations or your surroundings you freely relinquish authority over that which God has given you.