And how can you know if you're following the right one?
Often times when I am writing an article, or even talking to people, I tend to forget that they don't have the same knowledge, wisdom, experience, and mindset that I have. I suppose I assume that they will understand without me having to go into great detail. And, then there are times when I over-explain things because I don't feel like I am being completely understood. I suppose it's natural to be this way...at least I hope it is, lol.
When I'm in the shower my mind tends to focus on The Lord as that's a time when everything is quiet and there are no interruptions. At least that's how it is for me. It may be different for you. Anyway, today as I was praying in the shower, I saw how I may be assuming that those who read my articles are of the same mindset as I am. I will try and explain what I mean by this.
As you may know, I'm a Christian. I've been a Christian for over 40 years and have 20 plus years of experience working in the ministry. I'm not bragging, I'm just saying my life experiences may be a little bit different from yours. And that's where my assumptions come in. I know not everyone reading my articles have the same amount of faith as I have; some have more, some have less. The Bible even tells us that God gives each of us a measure of faith (Romans 12:3). Yet, as I am writing my articles, I am writing from a Christian view point. I often times assume that the reader knows (and understands) where I am coming from in my writings.
Romans 12:3, For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. (KJV)
In the last couple of articles I've written, I've tried to convey the importance of realizing the need to be prepared and to take action. It may appear to some that I was trying to motivate people with fear. That was not my intent. Giving a warning and trying to instill fear are two different things. I merely feel the need to warn others that there may be things happening that we need to be prepared for. I don't want to scare people into anything. Again, that was/is not my intention. It is my desire that people be made aware of the warnings and heed to them; not that they respond with an unhealthy fear.
There is a lot of sensationalism and even fearmongering floating around out there on the web; especially in the prepper world. My blog site is not at all about spreading those type of things. Yet, if we all remain quiet about the possibility that something very bad could be going down in the world around us how will anyone know that they need to be prepared for it? That is my mission in the prepping world. To open peoples' eyes to what is going on and to help them take action and do something to prepare themselves and their families. Not to motivate by fear, rather by logic and reason.
Now, having said all that...it is each and every one of our choice as to what or whom we choose to listen to (and follow). As for me, I choose to listen to God's Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit was sent to us to teach us, admonish us, and comfort us.
John 14:26, But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. (KJV)
It is easy to get caught up in the sensationalism of prepping. It's also easy to get overwhelmed with all of the prepping information that is available today. So, how do we know who we should listen to and who we should trust to tell us what we truly need to know regarding prepping? It's really pretty simple. Listen to your gut. Not your mind. Your mind wants to instill fear, whereas your gut wants to help you to see the logic of it all. I know, because my gut and my mind are in conflict quite often.
You know how sometimes you'll have a thought that you want to do something that you know isn't exactly the right thing to do? Your mind will argue that it's okay, no one will see, you won't get caught. Your gut will tell you that even if no one sees you do it, it's still the wrong thing to do. It becomes a battle between the mind and gut. What happens if you give in to the mind and go for it? Usually there's remorse, and you realize that it really wasn't the right thing to do and your gut was right after all.
This same principle can be applied to prepping. When you read or hear something about what's happening in the world and your mind latches onto that and tries to instill an unhealthy fear into you, instead take a moment to listen to what your gut says. It's your gut that will try to calm you down and try to convince you to think rationally and figure out what you need to do about the situation instead of freaking out over it. Listen to your gut.
Where does that gut feeling come from? I'm not sure science can explain it, at least I haven't read anywhere that it has been able to. But, the Bible does explain it. It's the Holy Spirit telling you the right thing to do (John 14:26). Even if you aren't a born again believer, the Holy Spirit still speaks to your gut (your heart). God sent the Holy Spirit (His Spirit) to this earth to teach us, admonish us, and comfort us. Once a person accepts Jesus as the Son of God and asks Jesus to come into their heart, it's the Holy Spirit that comes into their heart and dwells there. You see, the Holy Spirit is on this earth, not just in people's hearts. He speaks to all people, not just Christians. It is my belief that He speaks to us in our gut (heart). We are all given a measure of faith (See Romans 12:3 above). Because of that measure of faith we are able to hear the Holy Spirit speak to us.
I'm not trying to preach at you, I'm just trying to explain whey we should listen to our guts. When I read an article or watch a video concerning prepping/survival, I will take a moment and listen to what my gut has to say about that particular article or video. I was watching a video the other day and right smack dab in the middle of watching it, my gut started wrenching. My whole body began to tremble from within my gut outwards. I don't even know how to properly describe it. My outer body was not trembling and shaking, but my entire insides were.
Some would call that fear, and it was. But, it was not an irrational or unhealthy type of fear. It was a warning type of fear. It was my gut telling me that this was real and what the video was saying was going to happen was likely to happen. I won't share what that video was about with you because I don't feel the time is right for me to do so. But, I wanted to share the experience with you to help you understand that there truly are different types of fear. My immediate reaction after the trembling episode did not become hysterical nor did I "freak out". Instead, my thoughts were about what needed to be done and if there was enough time to do it. Those thoughts actually came from my gut, to my mind.
I had a doctor's appointment about half an hour after watching that video and experiencing the trembling episode. It was a regular check up and my doctor monitors my blood pressure. I literally had to pray before I left for the appointment that my blood pressure would be normal and not sky high. When it came time for my blood pressure check I was astonished! My blood pressure is normally teetering on the high range. That day, my blood pressure registered as perfectly normal...something I hadn't experienced in YEARS! What does that have to do with this article? To me it shows that the warning I felt from my gut outward was not a false one. That the fear was a healthy type of fear. The kind of fear that we are given to give us a warning. Had it been an irrational fear I'm sure my blood pressure would have been higher than my normal high readings. Not to mention, I would have been totally freaking out still.
In conclusion, what I'm sharing with you today is that we have a choice in whose lead we are going to follow. We can listen to and follow the sensationalists and fearmongers; or we can choose to listen to and follow the logical voice in our gut. Instead of becoming irrational in your fears, learn to listen to the fears that are meant for warnings (in our gut), not meant to scare us (in our minds). Listen to the Holy Spirit. He will lead you and guide you in the right direction. He will show you (in your gut) what you need to do to prepare and protect yourself and your family. He will also give you a calm assurance that you are doing the right thing (if you in fact are).
Once you truly understand and acknowledge the need for being prepared (prepping for any unseen emergency/catastrophe) don't let the unhealthy fear lead you. Begin to explore what you can do to prepare yourself and your family for any emergency situation. Start out with a small goal and build on it as time permits. We don't need to have everything over night. That's not usually how it works, unless you're stinking filthy rich, lol. Prepping takes time. But it's time we can't afford to waste.
This world has to come to an end. The Bible tells us that. It also tells us to be prepared. It is my belief that we need to be prepared both spiritually and physically. Please don't be praying, "Lord Jesus come soon" unless you really mean it and you are truly prepared for what has to take place for that to happen.
Until next time...happy prepping, and God bless!
Mark 13: 5-8, And Jesus answering them began to say, Take heed lest any man deceive you: For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And when ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars, be ye not troubled: for such things must needs be; but the end shall not be yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows. (KJV)