More Effective Than Daydreaming

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“Prepare while others are daydreaming” is a powerful statement made by William Arthur Ward in his Blueprint For Achievement.

H. Jackson Browne said:

“The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.”

What preparations have you made for today?  Have you written your to-do list for the tomorrow?

Robert H Schuller said:

“Spectacular achievement is always preceded by unspectacular preparation.”

I want you to write down the next five words. . .if you get nothing else from this blog…these five words when properly applied will change your destiny.

Here it is.

Preparation precedes performance and promotion.

Let’s look at seven kinds of preparation.

1.         Hearing the Word.

There is a difference between hearing and understanding the Word.

Romans 10:17 in the King James Version says:

“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

According to Strong’s Concordance the word hearing comes from a Greek word G191 which in part means:

“to comprehend; understand”

Hearing the word is more than the audible perception of a verse.

God is looking for people who have a holy reverence and understanding of His Word.

1 Thessalonians 2:13 in the Amplified Bible says:

“And we also thank God continually for this, that when you received the word of God [concerning salvation] which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of [mere] men, but as it truly is, the word of God, which is effectually at work in you who believe [exercising its inherent, supernatural power in those of faith].”

There are four phases for preparing to receive the Word.

First, communication is simply listening to God.

Second, comprehension is understanding what God’s Word says and means.

Third, confidence is trusting in what the Bible says:

Fourth, change is being transformed by what God says.

Whenever you read or hear the Word. . .be prepared to receive.

2.         Prepared For Battle.

Ephesians 6:13 in the Message Bible says:

Be prepared. You're up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it's all over but the shouting you'll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You'll need them throughout your life. God's Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other's spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.”

The World English Dictionary defines preparation as:

“the act or process of preparing and the state of being prepared; readiness”

Preparation is a mental decision before it becomes a practical reality.

Before any well-trained soldier goes into battle. . .he/she will inspect their equipment to make sure they’re fully prepared to face and defeat the attack of the enemy.

3.         Prepared spiritually.

In preparation for spiritual warfare. . .the most important you can do is to sanctify yourself for battle.

Joshua 7:13 in the New Living Translation says:

“Get up! Command the people to purify themselves in preparation for tomorrow. For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: Hidden among you, O Israel, are things set apart for the Lord. You will never defeat your enemies until you remove these things from among you.”

God instructed the children of Israel to purify themselves . . .in the King James Version He says sanctify yourselves.  According to the Strong’s Concordance the Hebrew word for sanctify means:

“to consecrate, sanctify, prepare, dedicate, be hallowed, be holy, be sanctified, be separate.”

Part of your daily preparation should be to sanctify yourself. . .consecrate and yes, prepare yourself for what lies ahead. 

How do you purify yourself for battle?

1.         Enter into His presence

2.         Read your instruction manual/battle plan

3.         Repent

4.         Eliminate any doubt about the outcome of your mission

5.         Receive your forgiveness

6.         Determine who will be in the foxhole with you

7.         Get out in front of your battle by praising God

Preparation precedes victory in every battle

4.         Preparation allows you to maximize your efforts.

Knowledge also requires preparation.

The World English Dictionary defines preparation as:

“the act or process of preparing and the state of being prepared; readiness”

I’m going to repeat a statement I made earlier. . .please write it down but more importantly. . .get it down inside of you.

“Preparation is a mental decision” before it becomes a practical reality.

Psalm 90:12 says:

“So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.”

The word number is the Hebrew word manah (H4487) in the Strong’s Concordance and it means:

“to count, reckon, assign, tell, appoint, prepare.”

I think it’s significant that the definition of number includes the words “assign, appoint and prepare.

We’re to prepare our days.  With knowledge and preparation we can expect manifestation.

Joshua 3:5 in the New Living Translation should become our expectation for each new day.

“For tomorrow the Lord will do great wonders among you.”

Joe Gibbs, a Super Bowl winning coach and NASCAR owner, said:

“A winning effort begins with preparation.”

5.         Preparation in the midst of adversity.

You may be in the midst of a demonic firefight . . . but it’s important to view everything as preparation for your promotion, specific assignment and future accomplishments.

Never focus on the attacks of the enemy. . .but the deliverance and plans of your God.

1 Samuel 10:7 in the Message Bible says:

"When these confirming signs are accomplished, you'll know that you're ready: Whatever job you're given to do, do it. God is with you!”

I want you to read that again. . .

"When these confirming signs are accomplished, you'll know that you're ready: Whatever job you're given to do, do it. God is with you!”

Personalize it. . .

"When these confirming signs are accomplished, [your name] will know that [he/she is] ready: Whatever job they're given to do, they’ll do it. God is with [your name]!”

6.         Preparation is moving the right people in and the wrong people out.

God will bring the right people into our lives if we’re willing to move some of the wrong people out.

If the people in your inner circle. . .never plan their days. . .you need to move some people out.

If the biggest discussion of the people in your inner circle is whether to eat at IHOP or Cracker Barrel on Saturday morning. . .you need to move some people out.

If the people in your inner circle spend their time talking about other people. . .you need to move them out of your inner circle.

When you start moving the wrong people out. . .God will begin moving the right people in.

Corrie Ten Boom, author of The Hiding Place, said:

“Every experience God gives us, every person He puts in our lives, is the perfect preparation for the future that only He can see.”

7.         Preparing Your Day.

Don’t let whatever comes your way. . .break your focus from preparation.

Control your morning preparation time.

What do you listen to while preparing for work?  The morning TV shows. . .sports talk. . .news radio. . .you favorite music station whether country, jazz or hip hop is irrelevant.

Ask yourself this question.  Does what I listen to each morning prepare me for the events before me?

Controlling your input will dramatically impact your output during the day.

Before any well-trained soldier goes into battle. . .he/she will inspect their equipment to make sure they’re fully prepared to face and defeat every attack of the enemy.

If you want to be successful each day. . .you can never ignore or minimize preparation time.

The price for success is always paid in advance of your victory. . .never after the fact.

Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone, once said:

“Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.”

Spend some time today. . .thinking about how you will prepare for tomorrow.

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