Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Getting Prepared..for a crisis - Updated!

In my morning Bible reading today, I read Hebrews 11. It is known as the faith chapter. I have read it many times before but this time verse 7 kind of jumped out at me. Hebrews 11:7  By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.
The question I have in my mind is - What does God want me to do to prepare for the coming world crisis that will affect each of us individually?  We see the build up in the middle east preparing for war, threats from some of the Muslim countries to destroy Israel. We see war in Syria. We see the drought stricken fields in Canada and the USA, the extreme weather that is being reported on the news every night. We see the experts predicting higher food prices and shortages of corn. We see how sexual perversion of all kinds is rampant across our countries. Seeing these things happen, we can see that God is beginning to take action against the sin of our nations. It seems that a line has been drawn in the sand.
Jan Markel, Joel Rosenberg, John McTernan, Ann Graham Lotz and others are warning us just as Noah warned people in his day. In Noah's day, no one listened to Noah as he preached to the wicked people of that day. Day in and day out Noah and his sons worked on the ark which would be used by God to save Noah and his family. Noah acted in faith. The raindrops were not falling yet while Noah was preparing the ark. God told him of the judgement that was about to come on the world, and Noah believed God and began to build the ark. When the flood came upon the world, Noah and his family were ready and were kept safe inside the ark. As a Christian, I too want to live by faith and act upon the word of God, and prepare and be ready.
So the question I am pondering is - What should I do to prepare for that which we see on the horizon? What should I do and what can I do to take care of the people in my family? Thoughts about necessities of life such as food, water,  medications etc. come to mind.
Update - July 18 - as I have been pondering this in my mind the last while, a thought that seems to make sense is to consider making your own relief kit. In the past, many of us have made up relief kits for the less fortunate overseas. So we know that a relief kit would contain many of the essentials rquired in a crisis. To list a few items that I think could be helpful - soaps, band-aids, soothing ointment for a wound - such as Ozonol, painkillers such as advil or asperin, flashlight and batteries, candles and matches, toothpaste, toothbrush, personal hygiene products etc. As individuals, we can each could come up with a list of items beneficial to our specific situations. 
These are questions that we each must work through individually. If the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ is delayed, and times get real tough, Will we be prepared?  We need to draw nearer to the Lord daily, allow the Lord to strengthen our faith, so that when He comes, He will find us watching and ready -  Let's make sure we are prepared at all times to meet the Lord Jesus Christ. 
The very most important in preparation is of course to make sure of your salvation. Jesus the only begotten Son of God, came to earth and was nailed to the cross and paid for your sin and mine. He died there and rose again on the third day. We must accept the Lord Jesus into our heart and life, believe in Him that He is the Son of God and that He did this for us. We must repent of all sin, and confess it to the Lord, turn from the sin to never take part in it again and live for Christ from now on. Then nothing at all can separate us from the Lord Jesus.
Romans 8: 38-39 says
38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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