|Therefore prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set you hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed. As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” –1 Peter 1:13-16
The verses above are pretty self-explanatory, but the idea that I want to emphasize today is that you ought to prepare your minds for action. Many people take this for granted a lot, and that is why we fall into sin as many times as we do. Your flesh is constantly in action, fighting to pull your mind into a state of lasciviousness, so that you are drawn to things of the fleshly nature. The only way to overcome this is to fight back!
The story of Joseph in Genesis 39 comes to mind. Potiphar, one of Pharaoh’s officials put Joseph in charge of his household and entrusted everything he had to him. Because Joseph was so handsome, Potiphar’s wife made sexual advances towards him many times. He explained to her that he couldn’t do that to God or to his master, but she was relentless. In verse 12, we see Joseph running away from Potiphar’s wife when she became more aggressive with her advances. Joseph had a game plan right from the first advance this woman made at him, and his mind was prepared for action, and that made it easier for him to overcome temptation.
Jesus has told us that temptations will definitely come, so it is time for you to prepare for action. Don’t wait for the temptation to become irresistible before you come up with your plan. Temptation clouds your judgment, so it is in your best interest to prepare in advance.
What is your game plan? Is your mind prepared for action? If not, what are you waiting for?
Stay blessed and spread the word.