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Be Ready to Receive

“The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the Lord” (Proverbs 16:1).

“Prepare your hearts unto the Lord, and serve him only: and he will deliver you out of the hand of the Philistines” (I Samuel 7:3b).

As believers, we must always live a prepared life. Many times, we miss blessings because we are not sensitive to what the Lord is doing. Jacob was guilty of not preparing his heart in Genesis 28:16b. He states, “Surely the Lord is in this place; and I knew it not.” The Lord has promised that He would go with us till the end of the earth (2) “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” (Hebrews 13:5b). “For where two or three are gathered together in My name, there am I in the midst of them” (Matthew 18:20).

Jesus is always faithful to His promises. Are we ready for His answer? Are we familiar with God’s provisions? Jesus is with you in the morning. He is at the Bible study. He attends every service that exalts His Word. The Lord is there, and you know it. We need to have the attitude of Joshua, “Sanctify yourselves: for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you” (Joshua 3:5b).

God loves to give the increase in our lives, and we need to be ready to receive it. Always be prepared for God to work. “Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom” (Luke 12:32).

Carl H. Stevens

Carl H. Stevens

(1929-2008) pastored and established thriving churches and Bible colleges in Maine, Massachusetts, and Maryland. He also helped pioneer Christian talk radio through Telephone Time and the Grace Hour and authored nearly 500 books and booklets. See also the Carl H Stevens Memorial Site
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