Thursday, August 15th, 2019
The Enemy's Game: Countermeasures--Preparation
Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it... to bring into the king's service some of the Israelites from the royal family and the nobility--young men without any physical defect, handsome, showing aptitude for every kind of learning, well informed, quick to understand, and qualified to serve... They were to be trained for three years, and after that they were to enter the king's service...
In every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king questioned them, he found them ten times better than all... in his whole kingdom.
Daniel 1:1, 3-5, 20 (NIV)*
Before every big job, God made sure His heroes were well-prepared:
Abraham journeyed long and far to become God's chosen point-man. As a founding father of faith, he learned and mastered sacrifice.
Joseph, a bright and much-loved son, faced thirteen years of hard labor. He practiced his management skills, saving Egypt and Israel.
Moses grew up as a great prince and grew old as a great shepherd. He needed to experience both man's and God's ways of leading.
Daniel was just a gifted boy when he lost everything but God. In Babylon, his fame followed years of dedicated study.
Esther was a godly beauty caught in an ungodly contest. Her win came after training and Esther's willingness to adapt.
David was a courageous teen chosen to be Israel's king. Years of lonely trials taught him one-on-One dependence on God.
Jesus was the Prince of Heaven, Who left His throne to live on earth. He waited for an eternity (plus 33 years), to prepare us.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: You're being set up for something big. Roles of a lifetime are planned for you. However long your casting might take, consider yourselves in acting school.**
So don't forget what outsiders know: success follows homework and field work.***
But from you, God requires even more. Like every hero mentioned above, you need two kinds of preparation: spiritual first, then physical. While you grow ever deeper in faith, work hard to grow broader in your skills. These countermeasures stop Satan's schemes.
## The Enemy's Game: Countermeasures--Preparation (Part 49)
* Daniel Chapter 1 in entirety: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Daniel%201&version=NIV
** Instant successes can happen, but they're the exception to the rule. They carry unforeseen burdens, like lottery winners who become miserable. So don't be fooled by (un)reality TV: the great majority of working performers prepared long and hard.
*** Previous AMTC Devotion series, Acting School (33 parts): http://amtcdevotions.com/acting-school-part-1-gods-royal-academy
NOTE: This series is a republished edit of a 2015 devotion series called, 'The Enemy's Game.' You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you're not a performer, don't be deterred. In truth, every disciple acts for Christ, models Christ and stewards His talents.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the The Enemy's Game series.