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Bible and Prepping
Bible and PreppingPosted by Raymond on October 10, 2022 at 12:51 am
Has anyone thought of how the bible relates to prepping? Or is it even mentioned in the bible? If someone comes to your door asking for food or you gonna feed them?
MemberOctober 10, 2022 at 1:33 am
I’ve done allot of reading and thinking about this subject. First for Christians is to be a witness for the Lord.
I think about past historical famines and how God took care of people…. then come back to reading about the fact you may entertain angels… when that stranger knocks on your door.
If God can make a person, sold into slavery by his brothers, head of store houses and forgiving enough to feed his family afterwords…. and, make oil not run out, etc…I think it wise to store up what we can, but not just for ourselves. Question comes down to is where a person’s heart? In fear and scarcity, or trusting in God and love.
MemberOctober 17, 2022 at 4:49 am
I have 3 or 4 extra Bibles to give out. Also stock up on David Jeremiah, Joyce meyers, T.D. Jakes books.
MemberOctober 18, 2022 at 3:06 pm
Can’t remember the passage, but “be wise as serpents and harmless as doves” comes to mind.
MemberOctober 28, 2022 at 11:25 am
MemberOctober 10, 2022 at 2:45 am
Those are great questions! We talk about how the bible relates to prepping all the time and there are tons of scriptures that are prepping related. As far as the feeding a stranger question, that depends on your groups SOP and if you’re on door duty that day lol! All kidding aside, we just had this question come up at our Conflicted Cards series we play at the Midwest Preparedness Festival last week!
MemberOctober 10, 2022 at 2:15 pm
I don’t know of any scriptures about preparedness, other than the bring 10% of everything to the storehouse. Please share others.
My dad and I discuss this as I prep. He says people who prep are prepping to stay on this earth. He is not planning on staying. He said he is planning on the Lord taking him up. Its a good way to live, I guess. Less stress. lol
MemberOctober 10, 2022 at 2:25 pm
Here is a place to start. It encompasses the spiritual and physical aspects of the reason to prepare:
“But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.” 1 Timothy 5:8
MemberOctober 10, 2022 at 2:30 pm
Oooh, thats good. THank you so much.
MemberOctober 11, 2022 at 1:12 am
Agreed. The Amish, most Plain Folk, and the Mormon Church all take Provisioning seriously, and expects every family/group to have a store of food. They retain canning equipment and the systems to store and distribute food in bulk. That is a very admirable trait that other creeds and faiths have occasionally admired from afar, or scoffed at and discarded altogether. The larger part of this generation instead relies on frequent visits to merchants for the complete gamut of provisions needed for existence, including all of our food, to an extent that would leave our great-great-grandparents aghast at modern disconnection from the effort they needed to exert(and the core competencies they needed to possess) for survival.
MemberOctober 10, 2022 at 2:34 pm
Preparedness is not an end-times mentality or activity. Preparedness is admitting that life goes sideways sometimes. And after enough times of not having thought ahead (think Hurricane Ian), you begin to question your life choices of living in full dependence on “I’m sure it’ll just work out fine” and you begin to take responsibility for you and yours.
MemberOctober 10, 2022 at 3:21 pm
Joseph’s preparations helped his entire estranged family, the children of Jacob, aka, Israel. Famine is cyclical, just as is feast. Being prepared is Biblical!
MemberOctober 11, 2022 at 12:02 am
We have beans and rice. We put one bucket to donate to the needy. I consider it a tithe. Anyone I know friends or family, neighbors, who wants to sit down at my table will be welcome to eat beans with us.
MemberOctober 11, 2022 at 12:59 am
The Tithe , in Old Testament times, went into the Storehouse of The Temple; in the New Testament church, it went to the church to support widows indeed of the church; also to the poor that were communing with them (communion, meals in common held by the body of believers).
MemberOctober 11, 2022 at 1:42 am
Reading the bible I find there are times that Jesus told his disciples to not prepare…..
Do not take a purse or bag or sandals; and do not greet anyone on the road.
Then there was another time they were to prepare:
He said to them, “But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one.
I do find that the key is to be listening to the Shepherd of the sheep, to prepare as the holy spirit directs (not as man directs ) . If you look at when Joseph in the OT prepared, it was with the direction of God via a dream that he got ready for the 7 famine years.
In the book of Acts, God by the prophets warned of a coming famine.
And in these days prophets came from Jerusalem to Antioch.
Then one of them, named Agabus, stood up and showed by the Spirit that there was going to be a great famine throughout all the world, which also happened in the days of Claudius Caesar.
Ok, now God spoke by Agabus, now watch what the church does with this information ->
Then the disciples, each according to his ability, determined to send relief to the brethren dwelling in Judea.
This they also did, and sent it to the elders by the hands of Barnabas and Saul.
Notice, that they took up a collection per the ability of each to give and sent it to those in need of the church. So those that had gave to those in need per their ability to give.
Myself, I have good Christian brothers and sisters who have warned of impending hard times ahead, in my reading of the bible I have seen that God instructed Israel to store up over a year’s provisions in the 6th year. Therefore having provisions for times of need, as Jesus said in the later times there would be famines, does seem reasonable to me.
There will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and pestilences. And there will be terrors and great signs from heaven.
The problem seems to be when we don’t seek God, and replace God with our provision store, we start trusting more in our bank account, more in our stored food than trusting in God, and stop asking God to provide, and we starting thinking that we are the ones that provide….. as the man who built bigger barns but was not thinking about the things of God….
Luke 12:18 ……
So, as I understand it we are to always trust God to give us our daily bread, sometimes by the sweat of our brow, but God gives us the breath to breath so that we can earn our food. We should store up when those of understanding in the body of Christ are directed to do so by dreams, visions… The key always seems to be the intention of the heart, why do we store? Do we do it to be prepared for future need, or to trust in our own resources instead of trusting God. This is why it is so important to be walking with the Holy Spirit to know the direction God is leading us, and to read the bible to align our will to God’s plan.
MemberOctober 11, 2022 at 3:13 am
I love all of the feed back. I agree. We do need to prepare and provide for our families and friends and those in need. I believe the Holy Spirit has guided us all here for a reason. Everyday, I hear the promises in my ear yet I am still guided to provide, prepare and preserve food, security and the Word. I think while we are all doing these things, we need to also look at the Word as the “Living water” that needs to be stored up in our minds and hearts. Put up the “Meat” of the Word for preps. I don’t know about y’all but there are times when I feel like I am dying of thirst or starving for the Word or some sign from Our Father. Perhaps this is the Biblical Prep that is mentioned in the Bible? What are your thoughts on this?
MemberOctober 18, 2022 at 12:27 am
I don’t have time to read everyone’s responses but I’m so glad your response rose to the top of my reading. This is very true. The only thing we need to be prepared with is the oil in the lamps, like 5 of the 10 virgins in the book of Matthew. Our Bridegroom is coming!
MemberOctober 13, 2022 at 1:29 am
The ant prepares for the winter…..
If a man does not work, he should not eat……
MemberOctober 13, 2022 at 3:49 pm
That is why I let my husband do his work and I prepare after my work and taking care of my family.
Bible in different languages, Hebräisch, Aramäischen, Arabisch and more.
MemberOctober 14, 2022 at 9:47 am
We are told in Revelation 13:16-17 about not being able to buy or sell without the mark of the beast. In Rev. 14:9 we are told what happens to those that take the mark.
We are expected to have common sense and have been told these things for a reason. We have been given free will. “This calls for patient endurance on the part of the saints who obey God’s commandments and remain faithful to Jesus.” Rev 14:12
Take the mark or patiently endure. If you choose to patiently endure, common sense tells you to prepare. We have been told ahead of time so we will have no excuses.
MemberOctober 15, 2022 at 5:17 pm
What a great thread, thanks for it.
I’m not as versed in citing the Bible as any of you are, but I struggle with how much to prepare to still maintain the level of trust in our Lord to not lose my live in the end trying to preserve it, but I do feel like he has a purpose for me afterward in helping to rebuild. I had this strong urge to save seeds right from the beginning and by now I think I have enough for my neighborhood. I expect estranged family and friends to come for help and I will not turn them away, but how much can you give before it affects you? Will this then be the moment of not trying to preserve your life in order to keep it and to trust him to open a door in need and lead the way? Trying to walk in faith, listening to my heart while preparing as best as I can has become a balancing act.
MemberOctober 15, 2022 at 6:03 pm
Wow I am finishing up a Bible study on this very subject, and will have a verse chain link on this subject soon. Personally I believe that the Lord will keep the crazies away, but if someone comes we need to help. We will need to be in prayer almost always and have a close walk with Him. Trust in your preparing that you will have the right amount for what’s coming. God will bless all that you do.
MemberOctober 15, 2022 at 6:53 pm
The Rapture isn’t guaranteed and if it does happen, you may well be leaving loved ones behind that still have time to repent if they can survive long enough. Leave a Bible in your preps…
MemberOctober 17, 2022 at 4:58 am
Full disclosure: I grew up in the (white) Southern Baptist church, my early days with the fire and brimstone preachers, then progressing to the more moderate form. Skip a couple of decades and converted to Eastern Orthodox, and dove in deep for at least 4-5 years, being Christmated as “Onesimus”. Currently, I consider myself agnostic.
That being said, anyone calling themselves Christian, “prepping” or not, would do themselves well to read or listen (in Joel’s own voice) to “The Marvelous Pigness of Pigs”. We all claim to walk our talk on the easy (or easily hidden) topics, but as Joel asks, when was the last time you heard a sermon on not how much you eat, but what you eat and how it was produced?
Such a sermon, at least in my area, would likely bring to anger some of the most generous of congregational tithers, the industrial farmers.
MemberOctober 20, 2022 at 1:29 am
Very good question. My natural instinct says to share, but then I have to remember that I have to eat as well. 2 Corinthians 9:6-8 to give what is in your heart, not reluctantly and God will bless you abundantly. I know when I give, it seems to come back 10-fold. We have had to set boundaries with others though recently.
MemberOctober 25, 2022 at 12:32 am
I found it very interesting in the new testament the church did not give to all. There were requirements to those who they gave to. Boundaries so needed, but those who have no boundaries are sure to come to you to fix the problem they created….
MemberOctober 21, 2022 at 5:50 pm
Love your answer
MemberOctober 25, 2022 at 11:58 am
The bible is the inerrant word of God. Man’s interpretation of it, however, can be full of errors. Only the Holy Spirit can show you the Truth. And that, only in His time. When HE deems that we are ready.
MemberOctober 25, 2022 at 11:40 pm
The Holy Spirit combined with the bible indeed. As the Holy Spirit will not speak in such a way that it will not be in harmony with the bible. So many claim they heard a word from the “Holy Spirit”, when it was only their own minds and not God leading them. It is good that the Bereans checked what Paul said by checking what He said with the bible.
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