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Summary: Ready? Prepared? Plans? Proceed? Persist? Luck is where preparation and readiness meet opportunity. Renewal helps us stay ready? Wish we all been ready?

READY, HERE I COME, READY OR NOT…

By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com

READY? ARE WE READY? Do we have time to write our will?

Matthew 24:44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.

Linda and I had a friend? Doris was a wonderful lady? She attended church every service and was a super loving mother.

Doris was married to Don, they had two sons. One day Doris spoke privately with my wife. She informed her and then us of a serious medical condition. Both her breast were as hard as rocks and Doris was getting very sick. She asked: DO YOU THING THIS COULD BE SERIOUS? We recommend to see the doctor immediately? Doris was dead in a few weeks. Our hearts were broken. We were not ready, nor expecting this?

WHY WEREN’T WE READY? THERE IS A SERIOUS QUESTION: ARE WE REALLY READY?

What were we ready for on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001? 2,996 people died? 19 were terrorist. 265 people on 4 planes. Billions of dollars?

There was no state of war? No one was expecting that day, there was no combatants, because there was no war. Thousands and thousands of USA citizens were demanding the President to stay neutral. This is not our fight? Let Hilter

Kill the Jews? We don’t care?

Was it December 7, 1941 that Japan bombed pearl habor? 2,403 died,( 2,008 in the Navy, 109 Marines, 218 Army, 68 civilians, over 1,000 were sleeping on the ship? 1,178 wounded. 18 ships were sunk.

COME FLY WITH US? WE ONLY CHARGE YOU $10.00 TO FLY ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD?

So you call 100 times and there is no answer? No returned calls, they cannot afford to hire someone to answer the phone, so you go to the airport, it is a great deal? You find out that the airline uses a 1931 FORD TRI-MOTOR AIRPLANE that carries 10 people. There is no heat? No air? No seat belts? Hydraulic oil is dripping on the run way? There is even a larger puddle of dirty black oil. You notice 2 of the tires are almost flat? You ask about the meal? The meal is day old sandwiches from subway? The pilot is a 12 year old kid? You look in the cabin to see the fuel gauge is almost empty? So you ask your boy pilot, is that enough fuel to get us to our destination? He replies: I am not sure, I don’t know, I have never flown a plane before? Then you look at the boy and see he is wearing a parachute? Where is mine you ask? He says: We can only afford one? Would you please take your seat and be quiet? We do not want you to alarm the other passengers as they board?

ARE WE REALLY READY?

TEXT:

2 Corinthians 4:16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.

2 Corinthians 4:16 (MSG) So we're not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace.

COME LET US REASON TOGETHER: ARE WE READY? ARE WE GETTING OTHERS READY?

Hebrews 12:12 Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; 13 And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed. 14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:

Hebrews 12:12 So don't sit around on your hands! No more dragging your feet! 13 Clear the path for long-distance runners so no one will trip and fall, so no one will step in a hole and sprain an ankle. Help each other out. And run for it! 14 Work at getting along with each other and with God. Otherwise you'll never get so much as a glimpse of God.

EVER PLAY HIDE AND SEEK? WE COUNT DOWN? THEN WE SAY HERE I COME – READY – OR NOT…

READY: prepare to do, properly prepared or finished and available for use, almost about.

Prepared mentally, emotionally, spiritually, likely to happen,

PREPARE: to make ready, to make yourself, to create,

Have you ever been around a school at mid-term or finals time?

Some wait to the last minute to prepare? Others have been ready through wise preparation?

Matthew 25:10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.

Matthew 25:12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.

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