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How Prepared Are You?

Doomsday Preppers is a reality show that has attracted a large number of viewers, and according to its website it “explores the lives of otherwise ordinary Americans who are preparing for the end of the world as we know it.” The show focuses on people who stockpile food and water, guns and ammunition, generators, and all kinds of gear they hope will enable them to survive in the event of extreme disaster.

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Whether or not you agree with the “Preppers” rationale and methods of preparation, there is a lot to be said about being prepared. In fact, the word ‘prepare’ or ‘prepared’ is mentioned nearly 200 times in the Bible.

The definition of prepare is: “to make something ready for a particular purpose, end, use, service; or state.”

God is a God of preparation. Here are just a few of the many verses that describe His preparedness.

He prepared good works for us to do:

Ephesians 2:10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

He ispreparinga kingdom for His children to inherit:

John 14:2-3 In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I (Jesus) go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.

1st Corinthians 2:9 But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”

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God has also prepared a place for the devil, his angels, and those who do not believe in and follow Him:

Matthew 25:41 “Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels:

Proverbs 19:29 “Judgments are prepared for scoffers and beatings for the backs of fools.”

God desires and calls us to be prepared too.

2nd Chronicles 12:14 And he (King Rehoboam) did evil, because he did not prepare his heart to seek the Lord.

2nd Chronicles 27:6 “So Jotham became mighty, because he prepared his ways before the Lord his God.”

1st Samuel 7:3… “If you return to the Lord with all your hearts, then put away the foreign gods and the Ashtorethsfrom among you, and prepare your hearts for the Lord, and serve Him only; and He will deliver you from the hand of the Philistines.”

Isaiah 40:3 “Prepare the way of the Lord; Make straight in the desert a highway for our God.”

All of us should be like the Doomsday Preppers in the respect that we should be “preparing for the end of the world as we know it”.We may or may not have to face extreme disaster of doomsday proportion. Regardless, everyone will have to “face the end of the world as we know it” when death occurs, and even those Raptured will experience the end of life as they have known it.

Are you prepared for the end of the world as you know it?

What must you do to be prepared?

 Turn away from your sin, believe in the redemptive work Jesus did for you on the cross,  and follow Him.  John the Baptist, who in the time of Jesus prepared the way of the Lord cried out, “Repent! For the kingdom of heaven is at hand!” That was Jesus’ cry as well (Matthew 4:17); it was the message of the disciples as they preached the gospel throughout the world; and it has been the proclamation of all of his true followers ever since.

Repentance is the key to being prepared for whatever lies ahead.

2nd Timothy 2:21 “Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter (his sin), he      will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work.Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.”

Written by Julie Van Gorp

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How To Experience Spiritual Revival

The foundations of our nation are crumbling: we are experiencing moral collapse everywhere we look.Many are crying out for revival—or healing—in our land. How can we create revival? 

There can be no revival without true repentance.

Repentance cannot come until we humble ourselves and see our sin in light of a Holy and Just God who created us and made us for His pleasure and for His purposes (Isaiah 43:7-9). If we wish to see revival in America it must begin with admitting:

  • - I am a sinner in need of Jesus as my Savior
  • -Confession of my own sin

When was the last time that you spent time considering God and asking Him to convict you of your sin?If you desire change in our land, have you considered that the change that brings revival must first begin in you?

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Years ago I used to wonder why God did not change the problems in my life, in our nation, and in the world. As I came to know Him better through spending time in His Word, I realized that God has given us the prescription for change.

It can be found in 2nd Chronicles 7:14, “If My people, who are called by My name, shall humble themselves, pray, seek, crave, and require of necessity My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land. “ Amplified version

This is an admonition to “My people”—to God’s people, not to the world in general.It assumes that God’s people—those who claim to know Him and choose to be aligned with Him—have gone astray.It is imperative that we as the Church:

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  • Quit looking to others to change in order for revival to come upon our land
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  • Open up our eyes, humble ourselves, and realize that we are the ones who have turned from God

After meditating on that verse, I have made it a daily practice to ask God to reveal my sins so I may repent. I have also asked Him to show me the sins of the Church that I might “stand in the gap” and pray for the Body of Christ to repent as well.

It is foolish to think that we will not reap the punishment that a Holy God and Our Creator has decreed for those who turn away from His just and good commands and embrace evil.

“The Harbinger” by Jonathan Cahn is a New York bestseller that hypothesizes that America, like Israel before her, is under judgment. He states that a series of judgments are forthcoming unless we repent.

Any honest appraisal of America’s history will see that we are a nation that was founded upon biblical precepts by God-fearing men.However, we have rebelled against God, the Source of all of this nation’s blessings. God’s Word is very clear that there will be blessings for obedience to His commands and curses for disobedience—for both individuals and nations.

So, is there hope for our nation? Can there be revival in the land? The key question to be asked first is, “Are you willing to repent of your own sin so that God can bring revival in you?”

Written by Julie Van Gorp

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