Because you are reading SurvivalBlog, I am going to assume you are already well on your way to becoming more self-sufficient. And since I am making that assumption, I will also assume you are making the proper preparations to live that lifestyle. You are acquiring guns and the proper, good quality ammunition, although now impossible to find at a decent price, if you can find it at all. It’s also important to remember the often forgotten parts such as cleaning supplies for your weapons and training such as self-defense, gunsmithing, and ballistic information. You are storing food that is good quality and also long lasting food such as freeze dried. Along with food are water, water storage, and purification tools. Heirloom seeds are another important survival tool. I think this is one of the things that is often overlooked by many these days. On a side note, if you do the math, you pay many times more at the Big Box stores for little tiny seed packets compared to what you would pay by buying the seeds in bulk. When you buy the seeds in bulk, it is imperative that you store the seeds in a dark, dry, and cool place. Be sure to rotate them according to date and use up the old ones or donate them. I always say teach a man to grocery shop for a meal, but teach him to garden and he’ll feed himself for life.
So then what can I offer you in preparation for your survival and your freedom? When I first read JWR‘s books, I realized he had one item of preparedness right that I feel many people overlook. One thing that is so important, that without it, I believe you are in deep trouble.
No, it’s not guns, silver, water, or food. It is much more important than any of those. It is my belief that the most important “survival” item a person can possess is salvation. Some of you may be thinking “Oh no, here we go again, another preachy thing that someone has been trying to talk me into for years.” But please, just hear me out.
I’m not trying to sell you anything, nor am I trying to condemn you. I believe not many people in the “church” today have done a good job of explaining things. Or I’m also willing to bet we “the people of the church” have hurt, betrayed, condemned, or have tried to sell you on something it seems like we don’t live by ourselves. Therefore to you people on the fence or non-believers, I would like to apologize. I would also like to try to explain why I believe some of us people of faith have hindered your growth, or downright turned you away from coming to know what Jesus Christ has truly done for everyone.
First off, I am no expert. I myself have only read the Bible a few times. I do however study it every day and have for several years. I am a 36 year old husband and father of four boys. I am merely a self-proclaimed auto technician “master” who over the past 18 years of working on cars, has spent the last six years studying and listening to the Bible and any radio sermons or podcasts I can find. So enough about me, here’s what I can offer. Or perhaps I should say what God has to offer you. I believe in what the Bible says. I believe that the world is in a “fallen” or evil state. I believe that the Bible is 100% accurate in everything it claims. I believe that all people are sinners and that we are in need of a savior. I believe that Adam and Eve were made in the image of God. Not that God looks like us necessarily, but that they were made spiritually alive and the day they ate from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, they spiritually died. They did go on to die a physical death hundreds of years later. So now that this is a fallen world and we all are in fact sinners and born spiritually dead. I do believe God manifested in flesh, came to Earth, lived a perfect life, died on the cross, and rose from the dead in order to make your salvation possible. But most of all I would like you to understand God’s perfect love and the acceptance he has for you. I don’t believe you can start understanding, until you understand his forgiveness. Jesus died for you without you asking him to. He also died without you doing anything for him. Because of what He did, God now perfectly loves and accepts you. If you accept and acknowledge that you are a sinner and you are in need of a savior, He will accept you into his kingdom. God forgave you because of his perfect love for you.
I truly believe that seeking a relationship with God and realizing that you can only be saved because of what Jesus did for you, is the best preparation you can make for yourself and your family. While it is important to be responsible, take care of your family, and have the necessary tools and items, the time here is like a blink of an eye compared to eternity. Once you start to understand your God’s love, you will have the most freedom you can experience here on Earth. And once you understand God’s love and forgiveness, you will not be bound by this Earth nor the people or government on it. It is the one and only survival tool that follows you everywhere. It never wears out or needs replacing. It doesn’t matter how rich or poor you are, because it’s 100% free. It is the true prep for your future. It is my belief that if you invest in your relationship with God, it will pay you back more than anything or anyone can. I know without a doubt, if you seek him, you will find him. You may not always find ministries that have pure and good intentions. And you may not get true doctrine taught. If anyone says or teaches that it’s Jesus plus this or that, you may want to question their teachings. It is Jesus… it is only Jesus. What he offers is available to you all. No matter what race, class, age, no matter what you have done. No matter how bad you think you have sinned, he waits for you. I think once you start to understand Jesus and what he has done for you all, you will begin to understand his love and the completeness of his forgiveness. I came to Christ many years ago, but only in the past few years did I understand the complete forgiveness we all have received. Only through this will you start to know God’s love. So when I think of survival, true survival, I can think of no better way than living for eternity with God. What better prep can you offer your friends and family? So I beg you all, please consider God as your most valued “prep”.
God will never leave you nor let you down. Trust me, if you seek him, you will absolutely find him. I’m not asking you for any money or trying to sell you anything. I only want you to experience God’s love, forgiveness and friendship. I know of many free resources for anyone who wants it. After a lot of consideration, I decided not to post them. I’m not affiliated with any one church or resource, and I don’t want people to think I’m drumming up donations for these people. But if anyone has questions on anything Biblical or wants any resources, I’d be happy to help in any way I can.
So the ball is truly in your court. God waits for every single one of you. So if you want to be saved, it is very simple. What must you do? Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved (Acts 16:30-31). Why do you need to be saved? We are all infected with sin (Romans 3:23). We are all born into sin (Psalm 51:5). We all choose to sin (Ecclesiastes 7:20). Sin is what caused us to be spiritually dead…”unsaved”. Because the penalty of sin is infinite and eternal, only Jesus could pay the penalty. Jesus has fully paid for all of our sins and has already done all of the work necessary for your salvation. Just receive what he has done for you. Believe in faith what Jesus Christ alone has done for you. Believe in him and you will never perish (John 3:16). Jesus is the way of salvation (John 14:6). Growing to know Christ is a wonderful journey that will fulfill every need your heart has and in every step of the way, you can be confident that God loves you (Matthew 28:20).
I know this was written several years ago but I want to thank you very much for writing this because it has helped me greatly. I grew up Catholic but had a bad experience and believed I was doomed because I could never do enough good deeds, something I had either misunderstood or been taught as a child. I always prayed and believed but I didn’t know if I was saved (still don’t know if I was saved then or years later). If I wasn’t saved then, I’ve been a Christian or at least a more Biblical Christian for almost 2 years now but still find myself very afraid for myself and my family and friends. I fear that I’m not really saved because of continued sin and doubt. I often find ‘teachings’ that tell me simply saying “Jesus I accept you, please forgive me” isn’t enough. Some of these even come from theologians, or at least those that claim to be and even cite evidence that I’m not experienced enough to refute. I’m often lost and confused in what to truly believe. IN addition, I fear I’ll not be able to save my father, brother and best friend no matter what I do, even if they accept Jesus in the manner i have. Thank you again for this post, even if it’s a few years old. It’s been an encouragement to a young and fledgling Christian prepper and I believe God led me to it. God bless.