Are you engaging in any level of “prepping” during this season of seemingly shaky economies and rumored shortages?
What do you think of when you hear about people who are storing shelf-stable food and water for the long term, buying up generators and deep freezers, joining the ranks of the RV army with a “bug-out” plan in hand (and maybe even a piece of land somewhere in the middle of nowhere)? How are you feeling as crypto-currency is going mainstream, while folks stand on hour-long lines to buy overpriced ammunition (if it’s even in stock), and the rest of the people are at the seed store planting their very first garden so they can be self-sustaining “should anything happen”?
Are you more inclined to call this whole trend a result of “conspiracy theory” run rampant, or would you say, “It’s just plain and simple wisdom“? Either way you lean, it won’t change the fact that we are clearly obsessed with talking about this topic, especially out on social media. So what does the Bible have to say about prepping and what should the Believer’s approach to this whole thing be?
This episode of the Positioned to Prosper podcast is the first in a two part series around how we *should* be prepping as Believers. In this week’s episode I want to take on the attitude we choose to move in as we approach this topic and/or effort. Fear is one of the most insidious weapons that the devil wields against a Believer, and he’s using it overtime when it comes to how we approach being prepared as we walk through these end times.
With these last few years feeling like the devil’s plan for the world’s demise has somehow been accelerated, Spirit-filled Believers cannot be burying their heads in the ground and pretending like we have some “get out of tribulation free card” when we really don’t. News Flash (supported by scripture): The Church is going to be playing a major role in these end times, even through times of tribulation, and so it’s time for those who follow Jesus, in Spirit and in Truth, to come fully awake, and to hear the Lord on how and when to prepare for these times that are undoubtedly ahead of us.
So, if you’re ready to start this two-part discussion with me on how the Christian can prepare for what’s coming, without partnering with the fear being offered, I want you to grab your Bible, your journal and a pen, and . . . Let’s Go!
Scriptures Mentioned in This Episode
Proverbs 27:12 —
A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.
Genesis 41:49 —
And Joseph stored up grain in great abundance, like the sand of the sea, until he ceased to measure it, for it could not be measured.
Matthew 24:6-8 —
And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are but the beginning of the birth pains.
2 Timothy 1:7 —
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
1 Thessalonians 5:9-11 —
For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him. Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.
Psalm 97:10 —
You who love the LORD, hate evil! He protects the lives of his godly people and rescues them from the power of the wicked.
Links to Resources Mentioned in This Episode
You’re invited to join me this Tuesday night at 7pm ET for our weekly online Bible Study inside the REVIVE Church of Tampa Online Campus Community (the “ROCC”) where we’ll be diving deep into: End Times, The Tribulation & The Rapture. A replay will be available in the Guides tab of the group if you miss the live session. Simply join the FB group and turn on notifications and we’ll see you Tuesday!
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About this podcast:
Positioned to Prosper is a weekly podcast that covers the ins and outs of what it means to live a lifestyle of breakthrough and victory in your relationships, health, finances and beyond. Your host, Erica Pyle, is no stranger to jumping without the proverbial parachute while maintaining a firm grip on godly wisdom. A self-described slayer of pragmatism and a “walk by faith” kind of girl, Erica is an unabashed believer in the power of God to radically transform lives. Front-footed in faith as she offers straight-up truth, strategies, and wisdom for living victoriously, and equipped with her love for the word of God, her certification as a holistic health coach, and years of experience in personal finance and taxation, Erica is ready to help you get positioned to prosper.