So, you have the right firearm, the right ammunition, the right holster and you carry your firearm everywhere you go. You have had all the best training possible – Gabe Suarez, OPS, John Farnam, Tactical Response, Front Sight, Black water, etc. You practice all the time and train as often as you can. At home, you do hours of "dry fire practice". You have practice one-handed, weak-handed reloads. You can draw your firearm from your holster using either hand. You wear out the "x-ring" at the range. There is not one faster on the draw. You haven’t met a jam you can’t clear in record time. You have THE warrior mind set. You are always aware of your surroundings and never in "condition white". You are the model for every carry permit holder to strive towards.
Your house is secure as well. You have firearms strategically placed throughout your home. You have a top notch monitored security system with all the bells and whistles – motion detectors, fire alarms, smoke alarms, recorded cameras, door and window sensors, broken glass detectors, etc. You have dead bolts, chains and bars on your door. You even have a "safe room".
You have prepared for every life changing scenario you can think of. You have thought of everything. There is nothing you can’t handle and come out of the victor!
So, tell me how you would handle this scenario:
You are out by yourself. Not a "bad" area of town, at the grocery store. You have been there hundreds of times. There is nothing special about the night. It is cool, a slight breeze, partly cloudy with a half moon. The parking lot is well lit and half full. It is about 9:00pm. Of course you have your firearm on and are as aware of your surroundings as you can be. You are pushing your basket to your car; your "gun hand" is free to deploy the firearm in a split second. On the way to your car you pass a van. From behind the van a thug jumps out and shoots you right in the head with a .45acp. You have absolutely no time to react. It all happens too quickly. You are dead instantly. All that training and preparing is not even a factor – you didn’t even have a chance.
You don’t think that could happen to you? You are too aware of your surroundings to let someone get the jump on you like that, right? OK. How about a car wreck? A heart attack? Cancer? For this training scenario, it’s all the same – you are dead!
Take a few minutes and think about eternity. I mean really think about it. It is really hard to grasp for more than just a few seconds. But, try to think about it. Now, think about where you will be spending it. Have you prepared for the ultimate scenario? Have you prepared for death and eternity (both absolutes in life) as much as you have prepared for a confrontation with a criminal (an unlikely event in life)? Believe me, this is not a commentary knocking the importance of training. I think it is extremely important to practice and train with your firearm and become as proficient as possible with it so as not to be a victim. However, I also realize the greater importance of preparing our souls for our greatest "test". Have you done what is required to emerge as the victor over death and sin? The test is coming – you can be sure of that! Have you trained for it? Are you still training for it? The training never ends; the training takes place right up until the "test"!
To engage in the training, here is where you start.
- Confess before God, "I am a sinner."
All have sinned and come short of the Glory of God. Romans 3:23
All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on Him (Jesus) the iniquity of us all. Isaiah 53:6
- Realize that there is a penalty for our sin.
The wicked shall be turned into hell…Psalm 9:17
How shall we escape if we neglect so great salvation? Hebrews 2:3 Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. Luke 13:3
- Believe that Jesus paid our debt for sin.
Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God… 1 Peter 3:18
While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
- Accept Christ into your heart and life, TODAY!
Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Romans 10:13
Jesus said, He that heareth my word and believeth on Him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. John 5:24
As many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name. John 1:12
If you accept Christ and the freedom He offers, bow your head, right where you are, and pray:
Dear God. I truly want Your forgiveness for my sins. I am guilty before You and I want Jesus to be my Savior. I want to be free of guilt in my soul. I do, right now take Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior. Wash my sins away in his blood shed on the cross. Help me to live for You all the days of my life. Thank You for saving me. Amen.
If you prayed that prayer and want to know what to do next or want someone to talk to, please contact me. I would love to help you get started in your “training” journey.