“Are we there yet?” This is the question we ask as we think about all the crazy things we have been experiencing lately. And it’s not over, not by any stretch of the imagination. Question is, how do we prepare for the future that is before us?
Is it food preservation?
Is it about generators?
Is it about firearms?
Is it about natural medicine?
Is it about gardening and canning?
My answer–sure, couldn’t hurt.
But know this:
No matter how we try and have a plan in place for any contingency, we will not be able to protect ourselves from every possible tragedy.
It’s great to know how to grow your own food. The art of canning and preserving is also more than necessary, it is fun and profitable. Generators, renewable fuels, natural medicine, even firearms, are great for survival during unstable times.
However, these are never going to be enough.
You can store enough toilet paper to last 20 years, but folks in Texas who had their pipes frozen and busted will tell you that when toilet paper gets wet, it’s useless. Jars of peaches break. Anything metal rusts.
Besides, how do you know what will be in demand and what will be in abundance? What skills will you need? Who will you need to know? Where will you be safe when there are earthquakes and other natural disasters?
For many years we were asleep in some dystopian dream of a great life on planet earth. This last year, and the beginnings of this year, have awakened us to some great realities.
And God has done it. It has been Him who gave us a little kick to open our eyes. Status quo will no longer work. We can no longer trust our eyes and our senses if we want to keep our sanity. We must walk by FAITH and not by sight.
There is only One Person Who knows the answers to our questions. He is The First and The Last, and only He knows the end from the beginning. The only way to be sure of the future, to be able to make the right moves at the right moment, is to have information only He knows.
And how can you have this inside information? Only one way–you have to know Him, as a Person, as Friend, as your greatest confidant, as your Way, and your Truth and your Life.
No more thinking we can get away with Psalm 23 and the Lord’s prayer when we’re really, really in the thick of a problem. Throw away the practice of sending up a sincere prayer when we are inspired, or thinking we can get away with making some church services, or at least watching online.
Jesus is no longer an “add on.” He must be the center of our lives, what everything else is built around.
And we need to be clued in to the voice of the Holy Spirit.
There is so much that needs to be said about the voice of the Holy Spirit. Let me start by relating a recent incident when I heard Him clearly.
I was driving to get my son from work at midnight. It was about 0 degrees Fahrenheit and the streets were snow-packed, but it was much warmer than the previous nights of -25 temperatures. All-of-a-sudden the thought of deer on the road came to my mind. I had only seen deer on this road once in the past, but the idea put me on the alert and made me slow down so I would be able to stop quickly on the icy road if a deer should suddenly jump out in front of me.
Then, on the way back from picking my son up, there on the side of the road was a dead deer that had obviously been hit by a vehicle. When I turned down my street there were three more deer walking together.
Coincidence? Not at all. I was praying at the time the idea of deer came into my mind. I know it was the Holy Spirit, as I have had these urgings many times before.
This is the way we are going to have to live in these last days. We are going to have to have our senses tuned in to the Holy Spirit within us the way we fine-tune a radio to receive a broadcasting station. And this is going to be for the small stuff, not just the big stuff like where to move or who to marry.
“Just how do we tune in?” I hear you saying.
Here are some great scriptures for this:
Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” Whenever you turn to the right hand Or whenever you turn to the left.Isaiah 30:21
Wow! This is the promise we can claim. This is the hope we can have of God actually speaking to us in real time about our real lives.
Yes, it takes faith. You have to believe that God really wants to talk to you. Then you learn His voice.
My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.John 10:27
And how do we get to know His voice? First, by training our minds to hear it.
This is not automatic. Our minds are full of loads of information, and the underlying patterns are after this life, the conditioning of the devil’s system and our natural flesh. The work we must do to hear His voice takes drastic measures:
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.Romans 12:2
And those drastic measures of transformation begin with death–death to our desires and our ways. We willingly offer ourselves as a sacrifice because of the sacrifice He made for us:
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.Romans 12:1
This takes studying His Word, the Bible. This will not mean just a few minutes in a devotional at the beginning of the day. If our hearts are hungry enough, 3 hours of concentrated reading (spread throughout the day) and hours or inactive engagement will not seem hard to do.
It also takes a commitment to keeping our minds on Him.
You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.Isaiah 26:3
I know this sounds extreme. I know it means we may have to give up movies and surfing and social media posts. To be honest, most of us don’t have three hours of concentrated time to spend in the Bible. God understands just where we are and He will show us ways we can keep up our responsibilities while weaving His Word into those spaces we once used for phone time etc.
Along with this is prayer.
This is focused and concentrated and geared towards listening. I know it seems an impossibility for a mom with small children, but where there is a will, there is a way. I know I found it, even when I had three children under three years old! If you have a burning desire to pray and hear from Him, ask Him, and He will show you how to make it happen.
Drastic times call for drastic measures.
If we have been paying attention to the times, we know we can’t go back to sleep.
Therefore He says:
“Awake, you who sleep,
Arise from the dead,
And Christ will give you light.”
See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.Ephesians 5:14-15
In the near future we are going to go through more changes. Some will be horrifically tragic, others will be glorious beyond our wildest imagination. Either way, a so-so Christianity will not prepare us for what is ahead.
It’s no longer “Jesus and…” it is “Jesus ONLY.”
Time for games is over. It is only with this commitment that we will be able to navigate through the future with our love and peace in tact.
And he who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations—Revelation 2:26