Practice Makes Permanent
February 2, 2021
“The reason why many fail in battle is because they wait until the hour of battle. The reason why others succeed is because they have gained their victory on their knees long before the battle came. Anticipate your battles; fight them on your knees before temptation comes, and you will always have victory.” - R.A. Torrey
The demolition is underway! The used car lot and repair shop beside our condominium are coming down; new businesses and apartments are going up. Before the old buildings were flattened, the local fire department used them for training exercises.
From our perch several stories above, we watched the fascinating drills and practice exercises. Giant saws sliced through metal doors, axes and pry bars ripped open the roof, and ladder trucks hoisted firefighters and hoses to strategic points above the buildings.
I’m glad the firefighters are well trained and ready. Their preparation assures us that they possess the necessary skills and abilities if we ever need their help.
Paul’s heart desired that his young friend Timothy be ready when the next spiritual crisis arose. After listing several things to avoid, Paul commanded him, “Train yourself to be godly.” (I Timothy 4:7b)
Training for a race, an exam, or firefighting requires repetition and discipline. Training for godly living is no different. The simple routines of studying God’s Word, talking to Him through prayer, avoiding temptation, and connecting with others are essential. We must be prepared before the flames billow toward us. Start now and train yourself to be godly.