STOREHOUSE STRATEGY—the TACTICAL TWELVE
Descriptors for the Commission of Men of God: Connect and educate saints to initiate and continue prudent biblical preparation, equipping for and responding to needs in our families, churches, and communities. This addresses first spiritual, then intellectual, and finally physical needs, putting appropriate biblical action to our faith!
The Storehouse Strategy starts with the Word of God relevant to our lives NOW—in real time. It must leave the milieu of rumination and turn into ACTION!
The following are the twelve tactics necessary to prepare the Church for hard times, and the resulting Great Revival. Men of God, this is our responsibility. Our response to a troubled world is according to our abilities! This means putting real action to our faith, as the heroes of Scripture did.
I. Fast, pray, and seek the Lord for repentance, awakening, direction, provision, and then revival.
The Laodicean Church in Revelation 3 is a good example of this:
Rev. 3:14–22 “And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: ‘The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God’s creation. “ ‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself and the shame of your nakedness may not be seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, so that you may see. Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent. Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. The one who conquers, I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as I also conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’”
Our most important quest is to see ourselves clearly and truthfully—as God sees us. From this knowledge we simply must REPENT: make changes to our thoughts and actions. We ultimately need to hear His voice clearly, especially when the safety of ourselves, our families, and our church are affected by our decisions.
OUR QUEST: As Men of God, we need to daily seek the Lord in our “WAR ROOM” and grow to follow Him more closely, hear Him more clearly, and obey him more readily. Fellowship at our church and regular gatherings for prayer, worship, teaching and preparation should be consistent in our lives. Many times in Scripture the Lord delayed or cancelled His plans for judgment because His people seriously sought Him and REPENTED.
Men of ACTION: Men of God need to take responsibility to put in the time and effort necessary to get close to God, to seek His kingdom and His righteousness FIRST! Then we must take responsibility to teach others to do the same. This is the discipleship process. It is exactly what Jesus did. It is what we must do. If we are like most Americans, we can get trapped in the attitude that we are too busy to do this. If that is true, then there are unimportant things in our lives that must be sacrificed. Remember, it is not our TV remote or Xbox controller that Jesus asked us to pick up every day. On a more personal note, (yes, this is one of my pet peeves) there is no big guy in a helmet and tights that plays with a ball that is going to help us in the future!
II. Have a Scriptural understanding of what is presently occurring and how we should respond.
This is the process of acquiring knowledge and using wisdom to properly respond to what comes to us in our lives.
As an antecedent to this quest we must first ensure that we are dealing with reliable information.
Matt. 24:4–5 And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, “I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many.
Mark 13:5–6 And Jesus, answering them, began to say: “Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, “I am He,’ and will deceive many.
Luke 21:8 And He said: “Take heed that you not be deceived.”
This requires departing from old sources that were at least partially reliable in the past. That is no longer true today. The deception we must contend with every day is massive, sophisticated, and ubiquitous. As Jesus said, Herod—the enemy of God’s people—was a “Fox.”
On the “positive” side, let’s continuously seek the GOLD of Revelation 3:18: the Wisdom of God acquired by living out His Word in our daily lives. This produces, through the refining fire of trials, the righteousness of God in us. Let us do this under the “Tree of Life” and not under the “Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.”
OUR QUEST: As we come to “know the truth, the truth will set us free.” This applies first to the Word of God, and then flows out to every area of our lives. If we have bad information, we will make bad decisions. It’s that simple!
My attitude of late is one of verification: does the Word of God really say that—is that really true? Clear and repeated statements from our Lord in His word must form our World View: the guiding principles of our lives. Pet “doctrines” from the past that do not stand the ultimate test of Scripture must yield to the clear text in the Bible. As a paradoxical addition to this, I must add that there are very few things that Christians should divide over. We must maintain unity while clinging to the essential doctrines taught as essential in Scripture. If I won’t die for it, I will not divide over it! We must give each other latitude as far as we can without ever compromising the Word of God and our faith in it.
My guiding thought in judging information is this: Trust men and women who have proven themselves to be Servants of God and regularly display the fruit of the Holy Spirit. Trust those that have honed their discernment over many years through many tests, and even through many failures! Verify ideas by the Scriptural rule of the “testimony of two or three witnesses.” And what is said must never contradict the clear meaning of the Word of God. In the area of prophecy, if many different saints are receiving the same information from the Lord, this adds more weight to what is being said, furthering its verification and further establishing it as true and valid.
Men of ACTION: Men of God, stay in the Word. Stay in prayer. Stay in fellowship. Listen to whom you are drawn to by the Lord. Listen to those that are within your calling and talents. Listen to those whom have proven themselves as “Servants of God.” Always be willing to repent; simply change what is not of God—not truly in His Word. We are chosen not because we are good, but because we are good repenters.
III. Seek and discover the Lord’s strategy, teach it to family, friends and church, then act to help others.
2Ti 2:2 …what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.
Without exception we should go after God’s Kingdom and His righteousness. From this flows the process of passing on information to those in our circles of influence, starting in our families. It is the principle of discipleship that Jesus used to spread the most important message of all: the Gospel. This precious Gospel—the Good News—is as Paul described in 1Corinthians 15, and it is as Jesus described in Matthew 24 & 25.
Matt 24:14 And THIS gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.
OUR QUEST: Becoming involved in discipleship is the model of our Lord. This starts with our family and branching out to those around us in our communities and in our churches. Discipleship always ends with doing…this is Jesus sending out His men in groups to DO ministry. This will grow more and more important as people are looking for answers when the things that they have relied on are no longer there.
Men of ACTION: Build your own network (modern word for discipleship) in your family, in our church, and all around you. Be assertive in your role as a leader in all three areas: spiritual, intellectual, and physical. Then get busy doing it! Document things that have importance to you so that it can be passed on to others. Imagine if Paul forgot to write down the New testament!
IV. Promote the Biblical World View in all we do and say: family first, then church and neighbors.
This begins with Jesus’ Great Commission to his Church. In the near future the Lord will open up many opportunities to give the Good News. When the many distractions of our culture are diminished or removed, many eyes will be opened to the Truth of the Gospel. I believe we should be preparing for one last great harvest of souls.
Rev. 14:6-7 Then I saw another angel flying directly overhead, with an eternal gospel to proclaim to those who dwell on earth, to every nation and tribe and language and people. And he said with a loud voice, “Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come, and worship him who made heaven and earth, the sea and the springs of water.”
OUR QUEST: We must continue to commit ourselves to discipleship: first each leader being discipled by our Lord. Establishing and maintaining a flowing stream of God’s Word and His Spirit in all areas of our life will naturally flow out to others.
Men of ACTION: Continue to develop habits that bring more of the character of faithfulness and righteousness into our lives. Maintain a steady diet of the Word and time alone with our Lord. Pass these traits on to those around us. Now is the time to ensure that we never hear the words, “I never knew you” from our Lord.
V. Covenant and coordinate with others—according to gifts, talents, and resources—to meet needs.
This is the heart of the Storehouse Strategy. This is the reason for the details in this TACCOM (Tactical Communication). Now is the time for each one of us to become serious about why the Lord has put us on this earth and to work to disseminate our gifts, talents, and resources out to those in need. This is Matthew 25 in operation:
Matt 25:15 To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away.
Matt 25:23 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much.
Matt 25:40b And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’
OUR QUEST: First we must know who we are in the Lord and what we have to offer those in need. Second, our Godly passion must be documented to pass on to others. Third, this organized network of saints must be available for others to draw from.
I am convinced from all sides that being connected as seen in the first-century Church will be necessary in the near future for the well being of many. If someone in our congregation or our neighborhood needs help in any of the three “SPINFIZZ” areas (SPIritual-INtellectual-PHYSical), they should be able to make that connection. This process starts with those that are leaders. This process starts with us!
Men of ACTION: I seem to have the ball & bat in my possession, so I am the one to call if you want to “play ball!” I will be documenting those that are called by the Lord to act in preparation for the dark storm clouds billowing over this nation’s future. I very much encourage each of us to become more connected with those around us, starting with myself. I admit to needing help in this area.
In the near future we will establish a robust communication platform that can meet the needs of the Storehouse Strategy. For the present, we will rely on standard means: e-mail, phone, and monthly meetings.
VI. Have a well-thought-out plan for emergencies, mass events, civil disobedience, and relocation.
Traveling down this rabbit hole is extremely disruptive to our normalcy bias: the general feeling that things will continue tomorrow as they have today. If one is awakened to the realities of our post-modern predicament—our progressive rejection of the Word of God in our culture—then planning for a difficult future is basic common sense. It is also clearly demonstrated for us multiple times in Scripture.
Prov. 22:3 The prudent sees danger and hides himself,
but the simple go on and suffer for it.
John 9:58–59 Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.” 59 So they picked up stones to throw at him, but Jesus hid himself and went out of the temple.
OUR QUEST: Keeping people safe is the first priority. Following this is the likelihood of protecting assets and property. The best way to avoid being affected or hurt during a big event is to not be there. Having pre-planned places to go and divergent routes to get there will be extremely valuable when something goes really wrong. This preemptive thought exercise will also draw saints closer together in dependence on one another.
Men of ACTION: An example of his will be included in the StSt (Storehouse Strategy) Document Binder. This binder will contain most valuable information to get our own families through a G.O.O.D. situation (Get Out Of Dodge!).
VII. Establish a security mindset, first boldly securing the Faith handed down to us.
Security is a growing concern for almost everyone in all situations of life—at work, at home, at church, in school, at the movies, at the mall, etc. I am anticipating that it will be vital for us all in the future.
Neh 4:17b-18a Those who carried burdens were loaded in such a way that each labored on the work with one hand and held his weapon with the other. And each of the builders had his sword strapped at his side while he built.
The “security mindset” is one that needs to be cultivated. Being constantly aware at a “yellow/orange” level takes practice. It is a habit that needs to be developed. This has nothing at all to do with fear. The only fear we should have is for our Lord who controls everything. A security mindset is a pursuit that men should naturally undertake. We are built for it, and we are responsible for it in our families and our circles of influence.
OUR QUEST: It is my opinion that every man/husband/leader should avail himself of his right to “keep and bear arms.” Additionally, since none of us know exactly when and where we will need to defend, we must have our PPD (Personal Protection Device) available at all times, preferably on our strong-side hip.
Securing the Faith is more important to us than physical security. We need to be able to respond in our everyday lives by standing up for the Truth and Godly principles for which our Lord has made us ambassadors on this earth. It is time to pull the light out from under the basket and let it shine. In the end, God wins, and we should act like that is a reality today.
Men of ACTION: If you do not already have it, get your Concealed Carry Permit. Acquire PPDs from private individuals. This will not leave a paper trail for confiscation. Ensure that you are trained and confident in using PPDs when it is required of you.
In our homes, businesses, and churches, we should actively pursue increased security that is reasonable and affordable. Think of it as “life” insurance and “property” insurance that you can control. We should also defend our faith at every opportunity. Boldness to speak the Word of God is what I am praying for and cultivating in my life.
We should also be willing to expose evil with the motive of turning people to repentance toward God. This is love for those that are lost.
Jude 22–23 And on some have compassion, making a distinction; but others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire, hating even the garment defiled by the flesh.
VIII. Have redundant, secure communication strategies and systems in place.
This begins with what is routine and available for us now. We can take advantage of the many ways to communicate in our tech-driven society. Adding redundancy to what now exists will be invaluable in the future when normal channels are interrupted, controlled, or monitored.
OUR QUEST: Key individuals in our church and in our communities should be able to communicate if traditional methods are down. HAM radio is the best available alternative for this. We should also have at least one of us on the ARES: Amateur Radio Emergency Service. Two-way radios are also valuable, but only in the neighborhood or in a convoy. Security of communications is also a factor. There will be a time when discretion will be important. For many in power in our country, you and I are the “extremists” and “terrorists” because we hold to the teaching of the Bible.
Men of ACTION: Some of us should get HAM radios and licenses. This will enable us to continue to communicate when infrastructure is down. For families, a good set of 2-ways is wise. Having a battery-powered short wave is also good. Things as simple as a compass and a whistle should be part of your EDC (Every Day Carry items).
IX. Store water, food, shelter, tools, discipling, defense, medical, sanitation & emergency supplies.
Acts 11:27–30 Now in these days prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. And one of them named Agabus stood up and foretold by the Spirit that there would be a great famine over all the world (this took place in the days of Claudius). So the disciples determined, every one according to his ability, to send relief to the brothers living in Judea. And they did so, sending it to the elders by the hand of Barnabas and Saul.
Rev 13:16–17 Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead, so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name.
Noah, Joseph, and Agabus are models of this in Scripture. Each of these godly men were told by the Lord to stock food and supplies for coming famines. The New Testament Prophet Agabus had the disciples gather food for the prophesied famine throughout the world in the days of Claudius. The account of this is in Acts 11. Today we have many Servants of God prophesying similar breakdowns in major areas of our society. We must also be fully aware that a time is coming (Rev 13:17) when we will not be able to buy anything or sell anything. For this event alone we will need to have our physical storehouse full of the things necessary for life.
OUR QUEST: Our predominant attitude needs to stay focused on storing up for the future needs of others. This will fulfill Jesus’ mandate in Matthew 25 and will keep us from turning our stores into false self-sufficiency or even an idol in our hearts.
Ideally, I can foresee many of us men becoming experts in these areas: water storage, food storage & food production, shelter, tools, energy, discipling, defense, security, communication, medical, money/trade, wilderness skills, sanitation and emergencies. It is good to be familiar with the whole picture, but my vision is that each part of the Body of Christ will use their natural talents and their giftings to ensure that all important areas are covered. Each of us will then document what we have learned in a simple form that can easily be passed on to others.
Men of ACTION: Each man of God may already know exactly what they are able to do in the quest of helping others. If not, seek the Lord and find a niche that you can fill. Become an expert that is able to lead and teach others. Holly Deyo’s “Dare to Prepare” is the leading reference book for many of these areas.
Clearly and simply document all that you discover and have it available to pass on to your family, neighbors, and the Church. Being able to sustain ourselves and others without our modern technological infrastructure is the end game here. The less we are dependent on [control] systems that will fail, the more we will live in FREEDOM!
X. Have alternate energy systems available and fuel stored to use them.
Rev. 18:9–11 And the kings of the earth, who committed sexual immorality and lived in luxury with her, will weep and wail over her when they see the smoke of her burning. They will stand far off, in fear of her torment, and say,
“Alas! Alas! You great city,
you mighty city, Babylon!
For in a single hour your judgment has come.”
And the merchants of the earth weep and mourn for her, since no one buys their cargo anymore,
Energy is the life-blood of our modern world. It allows us a standard of living unmatched in history. It is necessary for nearly everything that we do. The contemporary conduits of this energy are not guaranteed to be as readily available in our future as they are now. One of the war-gaming scenarios in our military and government is an EMP blast in the atmosphere above our country. In such an occurrence all that we regularly depend on for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness would instantly disappear. Pray that this never happens, but be aware that losses and control of energy sources are inevitable in the future.
OUR QUEST: The first phase of energy preparation is to be less dependent on the ubiquitous plugs in our walls. The first phase is to have non-powered backups of devices necessary for survival. Heating and cooking fuels would be at the top of the list. The second phase is to have back-up power for the basics. A good generator and fuel to run it will cover emergency power needs. A good store of batteries for small devices is also key.
Men of ACTION: I think a great way to observe what is needed in power-down situations is a power fast. This is not a hyper-spiritual way of fasting, but it is turning off the power in your home for a weekend. As apocalyptic as this may sound, it will quickly reveal what is needed when the lights go out. As in the Tactic above, it would be good to have some men become experts in this area and pass it on!
XI. Acquire alternate methods and forms of trade other that paper money and digital entries.
James 5:3 Your gold and silver have corroded, and their corrosion will be evidence against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have laid up treasure in the last days.
Matt 2:11 And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh.
The nature of money is quickly changing, and it would be best to anticipate these changes and stay economically viable. As Scripture says, “money answers everything.” If you no longer have money, you no longer have answers. I of course do not mean this in the ultimate sense, but we must stay informed and wise to respond to what the banksters are doing. There plans are most definitely not for our benefit.
The latest thrust in the money world is to go cashless. A monetary digit on a hard drive can be easily controlled/manipulated. We know from the Revelation of John that this will end in a mark involving commerce which we will not be able to participate in. Prescient planning is paramount in this precarious predicament.
OUR QUEST: This boils down to maintaining our ability to purchase and/or barter for the necessities of life in the future. We must continue to produce money, and store that money in tangible forms. These forms must be real, hold value, and be liquid. Assets that we own must also be valuable, tangible, and useful for basic survival.
Men of ACTION: The first action to take is to get out of debt. If we are in debt for half of what we mistakenly think that we own, we are half a slave already. Men of God who are called to this area will need to pray and search out what will work for the Church in the future. Some starting points are the acquisition of gold and silver as a store of value and for use as money in the future. For today, a store of real cash on hand is wise. For those that have wealth to preserve, moving it to tangible assets is also wise.
XII. Maintain a core Biblical group (Spiritual Strike Team) to respond to serious, immediate needs.
Luke 10:17-20 The seventy-two returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!” And he said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”
This is begins today as the work of the Pastors and Elders in our Church. It then goes out to each of us men who are to DO the work of the ministry in the world. I am hopeful that the ranks of this team will swell and be prepared to engage the difficult battles ahead of us.
OUR QUEST: As Jesus sent out His men to real situations, I believe we will likewise be called to act on the behalf of others. Some would call this ministry: the most humble form of service. As acute needs arise in the future, more Men of God will need to be trained and equipped to respond to those needs. This would be coordinated by the leaders of our Church, as all else is. As Paul says in Ephesians, it is you and I that do the work of the ministry as we are trained to do by the leadership of the Church.
Eph 4:11–12 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ.
Men of ACTION: If we have abilities that can be useful in critical situations, we should start something! Through our Church leaders, groups should be formed to take care of the needs of the saints. With Jesus and his disciples as our model, each critical area should be covered.
1Cor. 12:14–20 For the body does not consist of one member but of many. If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. If all were a single member, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, yet one body.
This is the foundation of the Storehouse Strategy, as it is the foundation of the Church of Jesus Christ on this Earth. Each part of the body working for the whole of the body is the model of Jesus and His Apostles. Likewise, each Man of God working for the preservation, perseverance, and protection of the Church will satisfy the command of Jesus to make ready His Church for His Second Coming.
Now is the time to act on all that the Lord has formed in us. Now is the time to grow our talents and gifts. Each man should decide, through prayer and fasting, what his part in this final quest will be. Each of us should become an expert, and coordinate with others to be ready to help as need arise. Finally, documenting and passing on this expertise is the model of Christian discipleship. Imagine if Paul neglected to write down the New Testament and pass it on!
As Jesus told us, this is going to be the most difficult time in history for those who reject their Creator. Conversely, it will be the greatest time for His True Church. We will shine brighter that ever in the gross darkness ahead.