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Don’t Start The Day Unprepared

When we wake up, we immediately go into "life." Life doesn't wait until after breakfast; it doesn't wait until we go to the bathroom. Life starts immediately. The entire day awaits for us to tackle it. And all too often the lure of our to-do lists, the screaming baby, or the overdue term paper takes priority over equipping ourselves for all the events we haven’t even planned for.

Every day is a battle — a battle against worry, doubt, self-hatred, fear of man and disbelief.

The battles look different for each one of us. Maybe your battle is a custody dispute, a difficult boss, or family drama. Our battles can change daily, and if we don't equip ourselves, we’re setting ourselves up to lose.

In Nehemiah 4:15-23, Nehemiah equipped his men with spears, shields, bows and armor. He also told his men that God would fight for them. And God did.

God fights for us like He fought for Nehemiah and his men. We don't use swords or spears like Nehemiah’s men, but we have been given a weapon — the Word of God. When we wake up each morning to read the Bible and pray, we are equipping ourselves for the battles ahead.

Hebrews 4:12 describes the Bible as “living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”

Reading the Bible reminds us who we are in Christ, gives us strength in God’s promises, and provides wisdom to help us face the day. Taking a few minutes to read one verse can help us start the day better prepared.


  • What’s one battle you’re facing today?
  • What’s one step you can take to make reading the Bible a daily habit?
  • Like Nehemiah, we don’t have to fight spiritual attack alone. Who do you call when life gets hard or you have questions about following Jesus? Maybe your next step is to join a Group.

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