I rarely share the thoughts that fuel my life, but after talking to my mom on the phone yesterday, I shared with her this bit of fuel and she encouraged me in it, so I thought I would share.
I read a few months ago an encouraging thought from brothers & sisters in Christ living in North Korea. Their beliefs are in secret, because once caught they will most certainly be sent to a work camp for life and/or then executed. The encouragement was this: many say their freedom is preparation for the camp. While “free”, they can attempt to learn as much as possible of the Bible, they can fellowship, they can read. When they are taken for life in work camps or to be executed, that is the goal. They know it will happen, and they are preparing themselves to glorify God in these camps. It made me think of living in the US, which I did not choose, but it was set for me. This is a life of preparation for us right now. Preparation for what is to come… a time to have children and teach them wisely, a time to memorize scripture all I can, to fellowship with other believers and give continuously of our abundance.. because there will be times I will need this preparation to do what is right, and it may be for me the beginning of the end.
I do not know what is for me tomorrow, or next week, next month, or after my children are old and on their own. But I want to be prepared, deep in my soul I feel the urgency of preparedness for what I do not know but He does.
“Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.”