I was immensely blessed to be able to minister to a group of ladies recently. It was an absolute honor and privilege to watch as the Lord touched so many of them. I never take that lightly and I so enjoyed every moment of it. Until just a few hours before the meeting I didn’t have a clue what I was going to minister. I love it when all the sudden God drops something in my heart. He never fails me! Earlier that morning I watched a TV show on Netflix called Doomsday Preppers. It was on the National Geographic Channel a few years ago. I was intrigued by the lengths people go to in order to prep for what they perceive will cause Doomsday. As I was thinking about that show, the question came up in my heart, “What are you prepping for?” At that moment everything for the meeting came together.
First, I have to say I truly believe in having wisdom and preparing. I would never make fun of the Preppers for doing what it takes to care for the families and communities. That being said, I don’t believe in letting fear dictate our actions. Pray, ask God what you should do and do it. There’s no reason for fear.
The first priority for our prepper friends is to get out of immediate danger. My friends, if you’ve named Jesus as your Savior AND Lord, then you’re out of immediate danger of hell fires. 1 John 5:12 says, He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life. Regardless of what happens on this earth, if you have the Son, you have life…eternal life. If you’re not sure of your salvation please visit this page http://devotions4him.com/salvation/
One of the first resources preppers begin to stockpile is water. We can only live about three days without water. John 7:38 says He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.” The problem with stockpiling water is that it gets stagnant fast. Preppers have to find ways to filter it or add chemicals to it in order to make it drinkable. I used to work for a company that made potable water systems. Some of the systems were quite intricate and others were very basic. My coworkers used to put them together in the parking lot. I got to watch them take shape and get shipped to their final destination. They took a lot of care to create those systems. One mistake and the system wouldn’t work properly. People can get sick and die from toxic water. We can’t stockpile living waters. We have to let them flow freely. The very words living waters creates a very vivid picture in my mind. I see a beautiful flowing river with green grass, trees and animals on the banks. It’s giving life. Jesus promised that rivers of living water would flow from our innermost being. We aren’t meant to hold that inside of us! Rivers flow and give life. When they stop flowing they get disgusting, smelly and toxic.
One of the next priorities for preppers is food. Scientists debate on how long we can live without food. It depends on a number of factors such as weight, hydration level, health, etc. In John 6:35 Jesus said, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.” He is the bread of life. I love that scripture. Our problem is that we try to resolve our heart hunger in so many ways other than Jesus. He promised, He who comes to Me will not hunger and he who believe in Me will never thirst. It’s a conditional promise though. We have to come to Him first.
Preppers also make sure their surroundings are secure and that the security is maintained. It’s not just a one time thing. They know they have to be vigilant against any and all threats. One of the main ways we can ensure our own spiritual security is to guard our heart. I love the way the New Living Translations says it in Proverbs 4:23, Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. Wow! That will make you think twice about the condition of your heart. We absolutely must guard our hearts. Do you want the condition of your heart right this second to determine the course of your life? That’s why it’s so important for us to be relentless when it comes to things like bitterness, anger, and offense. One of the many ways we guard our heart is through the Word of God. We have to know it and study it for ourselves. We can’t rely on anyone to tell us what the Bible says. We have to be teachable but we also need to know the Word for our own sake. The enemy has been twisting God’s Word since the Fall of Mankind. Satan’s tactics haven’t changed. He wants to separate us from God so he twists the Word of God. If you don’t know the Word you won’t know when it’s being twisted.
A lot of preppers believe in creating a community of like minded individuals. In fact, the National Geographic Doomsday experts gave them extra points for preparedness if they created a network that involved other people. Another way for us to maintain spiritual security is found in Hebrews 10:25 not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near. I wish the words I’m about to write would hit your heart with the passion and urgency I feel right now. My friends, the day of Christs return is drawing near. It’s closer than we can grasp. A few days ago I was out walking my dog and thinking about the days in which we live. I don’t know if I can express how strongly it hit me that we are about to experience Christ’s return. Everything we’ve believed and longed for is about to happen! Seriously, meditate on that for a few minutes. I want to encourage you, do not forsake assembling with other believers. We need to be in a community of like minded believers.
Preppers have a “bug in” location. Usually it’s their home. Some preppers even have what they call a “bug out” place. A bug out place is where they plan on going if things get extremely dangerous at their “bug in” location. My personal bug in and bug out location can be found in Psalm 91. Read the full chapter when you have a chance. It’s an awesome chapter to memorize.
Some preppers are more selfish than others. As long as they felt like they were safe that’s all that mattered. Others tried to get their community involved and did their best to spread their message. For years I’ve used an analogy that I borrowed from a minister. Those who don’t know Jesus as their Lord and Savior are in a house that’s burning to the ground. I would never walk by a burning house and ignore it. People we interact with every single day are in houses burning to the ground. They’re on their way to an eternal hell and it’s not okay for us to ignore it.
What have you been prepping for? Are you putting the Word of God inside you? Are you taking the time to study on your own? Are you developing your own relationship with God? Relationship with God was never meant to be just for Sunday mornings. Do you have a river of life flowing from you or is it a stagnant cesspool? The greatest preparation you can make for yourself and your family is knowing God. One of the most eternal decisions you can make is that you won’t be selfish with your faith. You were born for this time. Don’t let the enemy rob you or keep you in fear. Prepare, guard your heart and let’s watch as God does amazing and miraculous things in our midst!