SPIRITUAL AND MENTAL PREPARATION FOR THE END TIMES:
1. PRAY! PRAY! PRAY!
It goes without saying that we need serious wisdom in these last days. There is a lot of good knowledge on the world wide media now that we can draw from. However there is also some serious junk that is nothing more than conspiracy theories that can lead us into an action that will be self destruction. Therefore we need the wisdom of God to be able to judge the truth from the lies and then how to act on them.
James 1:5-6 ESV If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. (6) But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.
Pray for Wisdom, Strength, and Endurance. You don't always need to pray on your knees or in your prayer closet. You can ask God for help or leadership anywhere you are. You can praise Him while you go about your day. Tell Him of your sorrows, trials, and concerns for He cares for you. Ask Him to help you be ready for what is coming upon the earth.
Keep your wants, your joys, your sorrows, your cares, and your fears, before God. You cannot burden Him and you cannot weary Him. He who numbers the hairs of your head is not indifferent to the wants and needs of His children. Take to Him everything that bothers your mind and keeps you from inner peace. Nothing is too great for Him to bear for He holds up worlds and He rules over all the affairs of the universe. There is nothing that concerns our peace too small for Him to notice. The relationship between God and each person is as distinct and full as though there were not another soul upon earth to share His watch care.
Psalms 147:3-6 ESV He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. (4) He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names. (5) Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure. (6) The LORD lifts up the humble; he casts the wicked to the ground.
2. TAKE ACTION SPIRITUALLY:
The things that are going to take place are unparalleled in history and we need to be ready. The first area that we need to ensure that we have settled is in the spiritual. People arm themselves with guns and store food for the end times thinking that these things will sustain them. We need first and foremost understand that our Lord is going to return with judgment in His hands and we need to be ready to stand with Him and not against Him.
Matthew 24:44 ESV Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.
Don't let the cares of this life be so consuming that you have no time for spiritual things. Remember that one of the thorns that crowded out and chocked the Word of God in the parable of the four soils was the cares of the world.
Matthew 13:22 ESV As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful.
Matthew 6:31-34 ESV Therefore do not be anxious, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' (32) For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. (33) But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. (34) "Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
3. SEARCH YOUR HEART:
Psalms 139:23-24 ESV Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! (24) And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!
God not only wants our obedience, He wants our hearts. He wants us to obey Him because we love Him. Many times we can deceive ourselves as to our true condition before God. We should ask Him to help us in this matter.
John 14:15 ESV "If you love me, you will keep my commandments.
1 Corinthians 11:28 ESV (28) Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup.
2 Corinthians 13:5 ESV Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test!
Charles Morris. Founder and Senior Pastor of RSI Ministry, RSI School of Ministry, and RSI Publishing L.L.C..