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DocReits October 31, 2014 at 12:05 am

Well argued Pastor Jack,

“Preppers” are those who live off the grid in anticipation and “preparation” for post apocalyptic times. I often find their ideas interesting and somewhat compelling. On the one hand it is good to be self sufficient for water, power, food and shelter..not reliant on public utilities. I often wonder how long that environment would last if society ever broke down.

Is your arsenal going to withstand roving bands of hungry men? Are you willing to shoot someone who wants food or water? Discussions abound on both sides.

Ultimately, as you so well said, be practical and maybe store some supplies, food and water, and rely on God for his direction, mercy and care. Have you ever wondered what this Scripture really means:

“For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter”(Ps 44:22). David is saying awake and save us(v.23) as he pours out his lament for the torment his enemies have poured out upon him. Yet, Paul quotes this same verse in the NT as if it is the Christian’s lot in life to wear this particular badge of suffering(Rom 8:26).

My point, prepare to survive here on earth, but, more importantly… prepare to survive after death.

An aside, I was listening to John MacArthur today on the radio and he asked the question of whether we were encountering clashes and rejection when sharing the Gospel. His follow up question was, “If not , why not?”. The Gospel is foolishness and the Cross an offense to those who are perishing(1 Cor 1:23,Gal 5:11).

It is a tough sell for most Christians(including myself) because we are compelled to be meek by His Spirit and yet asked to suffer rejection and hatred in the sharing of the Gospel. Those two often pull the Christian in opposite directions, causing us to fear the rejection, while missing the opportunity. I need to hit my knees daily for Holy Spirit boldness in order to reconcile that conflict…

Blessings,

DocReits

Jack Wellman October 31, 2014 at 5:37 am

Yes, that is a hard road to walk in sandals my friend to remain meek and yet be persecuted and disdained, both in your face and behind your back. I think we tend to like the promises of God like He will never leave us nor forsake us and that He is always with us and that we can do all things thru Christ but the promises like you will be hated, if they persecuted Me they will persecute you, and all who live godly will suffer are the promises we don’t like to claim . Amen Doc to you very good closing in your comment…staying on our knees for Holy Spirit boldness so that this conflict is reconciled. Only God can help us do that. Thanks brother, as always, so encouraging.





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