536: Evaluating Our Priorities in These Dark Times
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The Importance of Being a Faith Prepper
If you look around at our culture, you can see things are getting darker for our nation and the church. We have experienced betrayal at the highest level of our government. Our elected officials lie as if it was a spiritual gift and are never held accountable. In fact, we almost expect it from those who hold those positions. And God’s judgment is being slowly unleashed upon our land. We have record inflation, rising crime, war breaking out all over the globe, violence and hatred worn as a badge of honor, and a growing apostasy that has not only overtaken the pulpits of America, but also the pews.
And every day it only seems to get worse.
What are we to do? How can we protect our children and grandchildren from being groomed in school to hate their gender and crave to be something God did not create them to be? Men are no longer men and women are no longer women. We must now, like living in an asylum, call someone by their chosen pronoun, regardless of how little that pronoun resembles their reality.
And to do otherwise could get you canceled, fired, arrested, or imprisoned for a hate crime, whatever that is. What a strange, evil, and insane world we have created for ourselves. No wonder God’s judgment is unfolding on His rebellious creation. And no wonder we, as believers, will also suffer the collateral damage that comes from living in silence in a world that needs our voice. We all, as the church, have blood on our hands.
After all, Jesus said it rains on “the just and the unjust” (Matt. 5:45). So you better get ready for rain.
Keeping the First Thing First
Today we are going to learn how to become a Faith Prepper. A Faith Prepper is one who sees the darkness coming and realizes the importance of having faith that can move mountains (Matt. 17:20) and will do whatever is necessary to become more like his Lord. A Faith Prepper is the “prudent man foresees evil and hides himself,” and not the “simple who pass on and are punished” (Prov. 22:3). He sees the big picture and understands the core truths of this life. In essence, a Faith Prepper is one who has the priorities of their life arranged correctly, putting God first and everything else, including self, second.
Here are few things a Faith Prepper understands.
• God is sovereign. Let that sink in for a moment. When you get a grasp of what this entails, everything in your life changes.
• He is a King, and we are citizens of His Kingdom.
• The highest satisfaction in life is to surrender our lives to Him, the One who created us and gives us breath and to trust Him for all things, now and forever. From His perspective, nothing else really matters.
• We surrender our lives to Him by faith. Faith in His Word, faith in His promises, faith in His character and attributes, and faith in His faithfulness.
• And if we trust Him for all things, He promises us immense blessings, both now and forever.
Becoming a Faith Prepper is to take God at His Word and believe whatever He says, no matter what. And when we believe His Word and act upon it like we truly trusted what God said, we can experience the promises that accompany faith and obedience. And those promises are beyond comprehension (1 Cor. 2:9). Literally.
But often we miss the promises and blessings of God because we place ourselves first and leave Him and His glory a distant second. And when we do, God will chastise us, as a loving Father, to bring us back into the fold of His blessing.
And there is no better example of this than in the small, two chapter book of Haggai.
Join us as we look at the book of Haggai and discover the importance of putting God first in all things before He allows us to suffer the consequences of our selfishness and lack of faith. And no one, trust me, wants to be on the receiving end of the consequences of our sin.