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Vantage Point: Emergency Preparation

By Ken Horn
Sept. 16, 2012

Emergencies come in various forms. They can be big or small, physical, financial or relational.

But there is one characteristic all emergencies share. They are all sudden! They don’t happen on schedule. You don’t get to choose when to deal with them.

You might say that means you don’t get a chance to prepare for them. But that wouldn’t be true. While you can’t plan for what kind of emergency you might face, and you never know when you might face one, you can prepare — in a general but effective way. This preparation can help make you ready to face the worst that life can throw at you. No, it doesn’t guarantee a positive outcome. But it does assure your best chance of coming through victoriously.

Here are four effective ways to spiritually prepare yourself for the emergencies that eventually hit us all.

Develop a close relationship with God. When emergencies strike, you want quick access to those who care and those who can help. “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you” (James 4:8, NKJV). This gives you immediate access when a sudden trial hits. Skip this step and you may find yourself struggling to sense His presence.

Memorize life-giving Scriptures. Hide God’s Word in your heart (Psalm 119:11). Make sure you include plenty of promises for rough times (e.g., Philippians 4:13; Romans 8:31) so those promises are readily available when needed.

Be full of the Holy Spirit. Ephesians 5:18, “Be filled with the Spirit,” literally means to live in a state of constant filling. “Be being filled with the Spirit.” Spirit baptism is not a one-time experience. Like your relationship with Jesus, it is intended to be ongoing and intimate. When you live full of the Holy Spirit, you’ll have the spiritual reserves necessary when an emergency strikes.

Get connected in the body of Christ. Make sure you’re in church and have lots of Christian friends. They can be great resources in times of need (Galatians 6:10).

Careful preparation does not mean emergencies you face will be easy. But it does mean you will be best equipped to meet them … with God’s help.

Ken Horn

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