Times Are Getting Tough, Can I Panic Now? Pt 2

Matthew 24:4-8

Jesus said, “Watch out for doomsday deceivers. Many leaders are going to show up with forged identities, claiming, ‘I am Christ, the Messiah.’ They will deceive a lot of people. When reports come in of wars and rumored wars, keep your head and don’t panic. This is routine history; this is no sign of the end. Nation will fight nation and ruler fight ruler, over and over. Famines and earthquakes will occur in various places. This is nothing compared to what is coming. 

Last time we visited via this blog, (03.14.11) we touched on the subject of current events.  We briefly mentioned all the chaos that is happening in the world.  Amidst this chaos we tend to focus on how it will affect us.  I shared how instead of withdrawing we need to engage what is happening.  Instead of panicking, we need to pray. Instead of panicking we need to prepare. And instead of panicking we need to pay.  Yesterday wrote on praying for those who are living through and experiencing first hand the upheaval in this world.  Today I want to share about preparing for these tough times instead of panicking.

Prepare, don’t panic

Here 3 simple suggestions to help survive these tough times. 

For the pain at the pump these practical suggestions will help.  Combine as many trips as possible so you are not driving all over the place.  Fill up in the morning or in the evening. Do not fill up your car in  the afternoon.  When it is hot the gas vaporizes and you may not get the whole gallon in your tank.  Do not fill when the gas tanker truck is there.  When the truck is putting the fuel in the storage tank, sediment is also being poured in.  If you pump when the tanker is filling there is a chance you may get some of that sediment inside your gas tank

Get out of debt.  We cannot say this enough.  Do not buy on credit unless you can pay the balance off.  You do not want to be paying loan shark interest rates to the credit card companies.  Do not buy groceries and gas with credit cards..  If you do not pay off the balance, you will be paying 20 percent interest on a tuna sandwich you had the last week.  Pay off your credit cards as soon as you can.  When you pay a card off, do not keep the extra money.  Instead apply that payment toward another card to pay it off sooner.

Most importantly prepare your soul.  Give your life to Jesus Christ.  Mark 8: 34-37

Calling the crowd to join his disciples, he said, “Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat; I am. Don’t run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I’ll show you how. Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to saving yourself, your true self. What good would it do to get everything you want and lose you, the real you? What could you ever trade your soul for?

Christ will lead and guide you through tough times.  If you do want to give your life to Christ pray the following:

O heavenly father I confess my sins to you and I thank you for their forgiveness through the precious blood of your son Jesus.  I accept him into my heart and make him Lord of my life. From today on I will love and serve you for the rest of my life.  I pray this in Jesus name, Amen.

If you prayed this than welcome to the family of God. Get a Bible and get plugged into a Bible believing church in your town.

Don’t panic, prepare.  Most importantly prepare your soul.

Until next time, God bless

pastor greg t.

Pastor Greg T.
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