Prepare Your Heart

Your Training Ground

By opening this page, you have chosen to step onto your training ground. Like any soldier would, you must go through basic training and review the fundamentals. Different, though, than a newly enlisted soldier, you will receive on-the-job training rather than spend weeks in bootcamp. As you learn, use what you know. Make the most of your time, for the days are evil. (Eph 5:16)

I can think of no better imagery than that of a soldier, the brave soul who runs into the fight rather than away. That must be us now, willing to step into our combat boots and rattle the gates of hell with our collective march. The concept of rattling the gates came to me several years ago at first through song lyrics. I never did anything with the song, but the idea did eventually find its place in a chapter of a nonfiction book I wrote. I will use that content and imagery in topics below, but for now, I’ll set the scene.

“…I will build My church, and the gates of hell will not prevail against it” (Mt 16:18).

I believe Jesus meant exactly what He said. Yet, to look at the church today, we sure don’t seem to be the ones prevailing. The gates of hell seem to rattle us way more than our activities rattle the gates. Just so you know, I don’t mean some spiritual charge against hell. I simply mean we tend to spend more time running away from the enemy, fearing he has some mystical power over our lives, than we do charging ahead with the battle cry of the Lord. When we, as believers, stand upon Jesus, the Word made flesh, the enemy has no power over us. It’s time we started living that truth. It’s time to be soldiers rather than babes in the faith.

We genuinely don’t have time for our old way of life, that life we keep referring to as “normal.” Newsflash: We will never see what we consider normal again. And praise God for that since our normal in this nation was already calling evil good and good evil, substituting darkness for light and light for darkness. (Is. 5:20)

Pre-2020 life, for the most part, was good. We gathered in person and without fear. Preachers preached about the loving Jesus, the saving Jesus, and the healing Jesus. We sang, we listened, and we went home until the next Sunday. With what we now know, that way of doing church should be a thing of the past, yet many–actually most–are once again falling into those same old patterns, pretending there’s a new normal that’s warm and comfy.

The first church comes to mind, how warm and comfy life was for them. Oh wait, that’s not right. The first church, those early believers, were persecuted and thrown out of their houses of worship for speaking the truth of Jesus as Messiah. New believers were disowned by their families and lost their homes and livelihoods for standing firm for Truth. Sound familiar in the days of mandates? We, the last church, are faced with the same tough decisions and consequences as the first church. Will we stand and speak truth about the soon-coming Jesus, or will we sleep on in the warm and comfy routines that were once our pre-2020 lives?

In order to be who we must be and do what we must do, it’s time to get serious in our walks with the Lord if we’re not already. It’s time to learn and grow and stretch our understanding. There’s much to cover, and as much as I’d like to get it all accomplished in one or two sittings, I think we need to strengthen our resolve over time. I know that’s what it has taken for me. I continually seek an ever-deepening relationship with Jesus. Without that I won’t stand. Without that, I would melt into a puddle of fears and inactivity. Commit to step onto and remain on your training ground until that moment when you’re snatched out of the way of the fast-approaching train.

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Prepare Your Heart Series


How Do I Share What I Know Series:

  • How Do I Share What I Know? – Rapture Ready article by Lisa Heaton
    This link leads to the kick-off article that encourages the reader to utilize Daybreak, Last Days of Light as a free resource, a soft entry point for sharing what they know with others. Free Daybreak Download included in the article.
  • Enter (My) Mission – Rapture Ready article by Lisa Heaton
    The information contained in this article is a recap of the Enter Mission and Training Ground pages here on the Daybreak site.

Series Sessions Material:

  • My Role: How Do I Share What I Know? – Rapture Ready article by Lisa Heaton
    Accept My Role: This session challenges the reader to decide if they are willing to step up and speak out when others around them remain silent. Silent shepherds, especially, are starving the sheep.

Excerpt:
“We must rise from amongst the flock, those of us with a heart for our Shepherd and His sheep, and offer truth when our pastors ignore the signs of the season and leave the people unaware of the coming rescue for the saved and the tribulation for the lost.”

  • My Design: How Do I Share What I Know? – Rapture Ready article by Lisa Heaton
    Embrace My Design: We’re not all designed to speak from a stage. It’s the everyday interactions with people in our lives that offer us opportunities to share what we know.

Excerpt:
“He made you ‘you’ with purpose. The Potter knew exactly what kind of pot you needed to be to carry Living Water to the thirsty in your community. Right now, in today’s world, a thirsting-to-death people have no idea of what’s coming.” 

  • Fear Keeps Me Silent – Rapture Ready article by Lisa Heaton
    Elevate My Voice, Part One: Before we will be willing to speak out, we must overcome our greatest obstacle: fear.

Excerpt:
“Time is running out. We see it and even feel it deep in our bones. That means it’s time to figure out how to make ourselves heard in a way where people will listen. Once our eyes are opened and we see the darkness rising in this world and our nearness to Jesus’ return for His bride, finding our voices to share with others is a necessary exercise that will require us to hurdle every obstacle in our paths, including ourselves.”

  • Elevate Your Voice Part Two – Rapture Ready article by Lisa Heaton
    We all need practical ways of telling what we know, including conversation openers to practice and have in our pockets for when the opportunity presents itself.

Excerpt:
“The fact is, many, maybe even most won’t listen. You’ll think you’ve failed, but what farmer plants a seed then stands back feeling disappointed over the mound of dirt? He allows God to water and bring sunshine upon that seedling. As the world spins ever out of control, that seed may grow and the person later come back to us and ask questions.”