Sunday, February 17, 2013

"First Be Spiritually Prepared"

What to do?  How to prepare?  The signs and evidence have been obvious for quite a while, and even now the "low information voter"-type person has caught on that we are in a time of lawlessness and increasing totalitarian controls . . . .

Fireballs . . . . "demonic flashing", where people snap and commit sudden, violent acts and rampages . . . . The government buying up millions and millions of rounds of ammunition . . . . The dollar crashing, inflation starting it's jitters to a spike . . . . The pope resigns . . . .

Any given week now, the unprecedented stories, events . . . stack up . . . and are becoming so constant and numerous now, that we forget them because new ones, even more outrageous and unprecedented are in the news . . . .

How to be ready? 

For years, those who have been tracking and reporting on all these things, who have a spiritual inclination, have always said, "Well, first . . . you have got to get your spiritual house in order; then . . . you need get some food, water, silver, gold, self protection . . .  etc."

In almost every case, I have heard this advice from the end times watchmen and survivalist pundits:  "First, you have to prepare spiritually . . . then __________ . . . . . . . . "

And every nods and agrees, mumbling, "yes . . . yes, of course . . . indeed . . . . "

Then the conversation quickly shifts to things like water, food, medicine, escape routes, bug-out bags, and so on . . . . . . . .

However, this is not something that should just be glossed over--"first, be prepared spiritually" . . . .

Because, in reality . . . this is the advice that should be given . . . taken . . . and MADE REAL, regardless of the times; in any age . . . during any crisis . . . in days of peace, plenty, war or famine.

Thank God for tyrants, calamities, plagues, drought, conquerors . . . for if it were not for the obvious threats and "tragedies" . . . I doubt anyone would EVER seriously consider the urgency of the directive:  "First, be prepared spiritually."  It is almost always only in times of distress and impending doom . . . that finally, in desperation . . . we turn to God.

Otherwise, we seem quite content to eat, drink, fornicate, nap, watch games, vacation, specialize in some hobby or work . . . with perhaps an occasional 30-second ponder at the wonder of life and vague curiosity as to Godly things . . . followed by a shrug, and then back to business or pleasure.

So . . . what does it actually mean and how to really and truly "first be spiritually prepared" as the tribulation and persecution enters the stage, up close and personal . . . ?

Well . . . the answer is found in this matter of believing AND trusting . . . FULLY . . . in the Savior.

But is easier said than done.  In fact, most say it and claim it . . . but inwardly, do not LIVE IT.

Yes, there is a way to "prepare" for what is swiftly upon us . . . .

And indeed, it should be done first, before all the ancillary  and contingency preparations are worked on, assuming one is even in a position to do much about those things . . . .

The beauty of this primary preparation . . . is that it can be done whether a person has any financial, external means or not . . . .

The sign of its acquisition . . . is peace and confidence--assurance within--that no matter what happens, the end is certain; and it is a glorious, blessed end . . . and no end at all, but only the beginning . . . of all hopes, dreams, wants and needs . . . fulfilled . . . forever, perfect in His will.....

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