This prepper's perspective, and what you can do about it!
Mark 8:38 Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels. (KJV)
This verse, Mark 8:38, has been speaking to me a lot lately. I see posts and comments on social media and this verse is brought to my mind. If you are a Christian, there's a pretty good chance that you believe that we are living in what is commonly referred to as “The End Times”. It is my belief that the evil one is always, constantly, and consistently pushing us and testing our faith. He always has, since he was kicked out of heaven and subsequently defeated by the death and resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ. But, I also believe that he is working double over time in these last days. In addition, I believe he is working stealthily and behind the scenes so as to fool even the elect.
What does it mean to be ashamed of something? According to Google Dictionary it means:
embarrassed or guilty because of one's actions, characteristics, or associations. "you should be ashamed of yourself"
reluctant to do something through fear of embarrassment or humiliation. "I'm ashamed to say I followed him home"
We have all been ashamed many different times in our lives. But, how often do we allow that to carry over into our Christian lives? How often do we find ourselves being ashamed to admit that we are a Christian? Or are embarrassed to react in a way that we know we should as a Christian? How do we do that? One way I have often seen this is on social media. If your friend is requesting “good vibes or prayers” to be sent their way, would you respond that you are sending good vibes, or sending prayers? And, why? Some would say, “good vibes because they aren't a Christian”. Meaning their friend is not a Christian. But does that really make sense? If they aren't a Christian, as a Christian, shouldn't we be reacting as one, and not as someone who isn't? Deep down, is the reason really because you're embarrassed to say you are sending prayers? I do realize this isn't always the case, but it is something we need to be aware of. Every day. Little reactions and interactions say a lot about us and who we are. Denying Him can be as simple as being embarrassed to admit to others you are a Christian by your actions/reactions (as in the example above) to outright denying knowing Him as Peter did (See Matthew 26:34).
As I mentioned above that many of us believe that we are living in “The Last Days”. Jesus told us in Matthew 24:9, “Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.” (KJV). He was speaking of the last days in this and surrounding verses. There may come a time when we will have to be prepared to die for Him. Simply by NOT denying Him, but in confessing that He is The Christ, The Living Son of God. Are you prepared to do this? After all, He died for us; are we truly willing to die for Him?
I do realize that this is harsh teaching. But, it is the Truth. If we aren't brave enough to act like a Christian now, when things are relatively peaceful, how are we going to stand up for Him when SHTF? As Christians who confess to living in the end times or the last days we should be totally focused on God, and His Word. We should be keeping our eyes on Him and not on the things of this world.
Jesus also tells us in Matthew 6:25, “Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?” (KJV).
This is the main reason I wanted to move to my son's homestead. So that I can focus on the things of God and not so much the things of man (people). Because it is entirely possible that we are living in the last days and we need to truly be prepared. Not just physically (as in stockpiling food and essentials) but spiritually as well. I realize that not everyone can make a move such as I have. But, you can make a decision right where you are. You can decide that you are going to focus your attention on the One who matters. You can decide you are going to let Him guide your way and you are going to serve Him. This move for me has just been one more step in that direction for me.
As you can see from some of the scriptures above, believing in Jesus is the first step in your salvation. If we don't take it further than simply believing in Him and actually living for Him, is our salvation secured? From what I'm seeing here, it is not. At least not if we are denying believing in Him and knowing Him. Even in the smallest of ways. Sometimes, just by our actions (or in-actions). Remember what I said about how the enemy works? And, he's good at it. 1 Peter 5:8 says, "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:” (KJV). The enemy wants to devour us! He wants to take as many of us to hell with him as he can. Don't let it be you or your family. One way that can happen is if we deny or continue to deny being a Christian.
Matthew 10:32 & 33 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.
But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven. (KJV)
So what can we do if we have denied Him? Even in the smallest way? Acknowledge it. Tell God that you have denied His Son. Tell Him that you are sorry for doing so. Ask Him to help you to build your faith and help you to be strong in Him and not deny His Son again. Then, be aware. Be vigilant. Know what you are doing and what you are saying. Think before you speak. Act in a way that is pleasing unto Him. Read the Word (Bible). Study the Word. Get to know our Heavenly Father and His Son on a more personal level. Put your trust in Him and not in those things which are around you. Acknowledge Him and when the time is right, confess Him to those you know.
It is my prayer that you will remain vigilant in your preparations, both physically and spiritually.
Until next time...happy prepping, and God bless!