Two weeks ago we returned from Orlando, Fla., with some very dear friends of ours. While we were there, we spent quite a bit of time praying and seeking the Lord concerning 2012. Each year in January, we try to get away and spend time praying about the New Year.
This year the word the Lord gave us was preparation. We had been feeling like the Lord was saying to us, "Are you ready?" We really didn't know what that meant until we spent time alone with God and came together with other believers. He was saying the same thing to all of us.
So, we began to ask the Lord what we were suppose to do. The evening of Jan. 25 we turned on the TV and Perry Stone was on there and he answered our question. This is what he said:
1. Every church needs small groups in case there are problems where each person can be helped if they have a need.
2. Every church needs the names of the elderly and widows.
3. Every church should have two feeding centers in the church. One for the church body and one for unbelievers or those who will be looking for help.
4. Every church should have a financial fund set aside for their congregation who need help with utilities, food, transportation, etc.
5. Know your neighbors.
6. Prepare as if you are going through a long storm or bad weather and can't get out.
7. Keep small bills to use to buy thing with. Not $100s or $50s, but $1s and $5s in case the stores don't have change.
8. Stay in prayer. Ask the Lord for wisdom and protection.
9. Know how to protect your family.
10 . Be wise in investing your money.
11. Have enough food and water on hand for a week or more.
12. Church, be ready to minister and care for the needs of our community.
We are coming into some very hard times, but we will recover if we stick together and take care of each other, those in our family and neighborhoods who do not attend church.
Great moves of God always happen after there is a crisis.
We are soldiers in Gods army and he said, "Blessed be the Lord my rock, who trains my hands for war and my fingers for battle." (Psalms 144:1)
We are in a time now when God said, "I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh: your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams and young men shall see visions." (Joel 2:28)
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding, acknowledge God in everything and he will direct your steps." (Proverbs 3: 5-6)
Psalms 91, "He who dwells in the secret place of the most high shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, he is my refuge and my fortress: my God in him I will trust. Surely he shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the perilous pestilence. He shall cover you with his feathers and under his wings you shall take refuge. His truth shall be your shield and buckler, you shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day, nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday. A thousand may fall at your side, and 10 thousand at your right hand, but it shall not come near you. Only with your eyes shall you look and see the reward of the wicked. No evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling. For he shall give his angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways. In their hand they shall bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone. You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra, the young lion and the serpent you shall trample under foot. Because he (that means you) has set his (that means you also) love upon me (God), therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known my name. He (you) shall call upon me (God) and I will answer him (you); I will be with him (you) in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him (you), and show him (you) my salvation."
My prayer is that you will take this message and ask the Lord what you need to do to prepare for the coming days and weeks ahead.
(The opinions of this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of The Inter-Mountain, the Randolph County Ministerial Association or the author's church affiliation.)