I love that Scripture. That verse is in the middle of a passage where Jesus is instructing His disciples on how to go about preaching the Gospel. He warns them of the persecution they will endure. And in the face of that, Jesus says the above verse. It is a reminder that we are to focus on Him and not man.
We live in an unprecedented time in history. We have been extremely blessed. There is not much need in our land. Even among the poor in our country. Technology, medicine, food and money is abundant. We have much. Our generation has lived in much peace and prosperity, and haven't had to experience much war.
This abundance has produced an entitled people. We feel we are "owed" everything that we have, or that we deserve it. We have forgotten where this abundance has come from. It is from the Creator of the universe. He has blessed this nation. But we have squandered it.
We flaunt our wickedness and don't even hide it anymore. It is disgusting. We mock God. We laugh at His commands. We make fun of those who stand for righteousness. Churches are empty. Bibles collect dust on our shelves.
In doing so, we have brought judgement upon ourselves. It is deserved.
So what do we do now?
First, we repent. We need to repent and turn to the Most High God and ask for His mercy. In our homes first, then in the church and then society.
Unfortunately, I believe that part of the Most High God's righteous judgement is that He has given our society over to a reprobate or debased mind. He has lifted His restraint on evil and allowed us to sink into depravity. That is a sign of His judgement. (Read Romans 1)
As for me, I will never fear man. Never. I have chosen to serve the King of Kings. My life is His.
We will prepare the best we can for the hard times coming. And they are coming. The Bible says in 1 Timothy 5:8:
"But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel."
We have to provide for our families. The signs are everywhere. Get your households ready. Here is some practical advice. Prepare your hearts first, and then for the needs of your family. START NOW!
We have been preparing for years. But most haven't. When you start your preparedness journey, think of the three "B's"...Beans, Bullets and Bandaids!
Focus on food, protection and medical supplies.
Part of medical supplies are your hygiene products. Hygiene is the best defense against disease and sickness. Soaps, cleaning products, toiletries, sanitation, etc.
Get at least a weeks worth of food for your whole family immediately. And then build from there. It is easy to quickly build up some food over time. Put away grains. Sugars. Salts. Rice. Oats. Beans. These things can be purchased in bulk for decent prices and can be stored easily. Have a water source. This is critical.
Protection/self defense. This is a Biblical principle and don't let anyone ever tell you it isn't. I may blog about the Biblical case for self defense someday. (Read a good article on the subject HERE.) I believe it is sinful for a man NOT to defend his family. But that is for another day. Guns are also good for many other things such as hunting, varmint control, and butchering.
As we see society crumbling around us morally, don't fear! Do what you can and leave the rest to our Awesome God! He is in control.
Fear God, Not Man!
Thanks for checking in and God bless! -Steve