Prepping Calls for Us to Turn Negatives into Positives

From the start of DestinySurvival I’ve tried to emphasize the need to turn negatives into positives. But to do that, you and I first have to recognize the negatives.

And there are a lot of them out there. I won’t try to catalog them, but a couple are obvious. The economy’s in shambles. And we’re losing more freedoms in the U.S. all the time. That was poignantly demonstrated when the Supreme Court upheld Obamacare, as so many call it.

So we as preppers face the negatives and turn them into positives. We face fear with resolution and–I hope–faith in God.

I say all that because this week’s DestinySurvival Radio dealt with a lot of negatives. But we as preppers have to recognize them before we can turn them into positives. We’re going to be surviving in a world far different than we’ve known to date.

Ray Gano paid a return visit to DestinySurvival Radio yesterday. He’s the Executive Director of and the author of Survive the Coming Storm. I wrote about his May 10th visit here. I told DestinySurvival Dispatch subscribers to expect a wide ranging discussion about prepping issues, and that’s what we had.

Since Ray’s book is about the coming collapse of the economy, we spent a few minutes discussing the faltering Euro and how other countries are turning to the dollar. Unfortunately, that won’t last forever.

Plenty of warning signs tell us things won’t go on the way they have been. We’re already in conditions that parallel the Great Depression of the 1930’s. People may lose faith in the dollar at some point. And that’s when we’ll be in big trouble.

Often things start popping in the fall. This fall promises to be nothing less than interesting.

At the time of our discussion, Ray wrote a series of articles on Israel, America and God’s judgment, which he may turn into a book. He contends both nations turned their backs on God. America will suffer for it as Israel did in Bible times.

As a result, he believes it’s important to get right with God and strengthen our relationship with Him as individuals. That’s good advice for any time, but I agree it’s crucial now more than ever.

When it comes to prepping, we need to be building an ark like Noah, figuratively speaking, for our own families. Ray believes not to do so is disobedient to God. Our great grandparents had sense enough to be good stewards with what they had. We’ve gotten away from that and need to get back to it.

We talked a bit about his recommendations for firearms. He believes in having a good pump shotgun for home defense. A semiautomatic handgun is his preference over a revolver for security in situations outside the home. He’s a Glock man, not a 1911 fan.

He wants fire power and doesn’t care for single shot firearms. He says those who have to reload will die in a fire fight.

If we have gun control, it might come about in the form of ammunition control. He cites Argentina as the example.

I asked what he thought police and the military would do in the event of a worst case scenario. Ray believes many will desert their posts if they don’t get paid. They’ll become corrupt and willing to take payoffs and bribes.

In such a scenario, we’ll all be put to the test. That’s all the more reason for being in right relationship with God.

I asked if he thought preppers would be tagged as domestic terrorists. He said we could at least be tagged as hoarders in a society that’s becoming increasingly more socialist. Hiding what we have from the government won’t work when there’s so much they already know about us.

We touched briefly on the need to be prepared medically, since so many in extreme times will become sick and die. He recommended several books, including:

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Finally, to turn negatives into positives, we must do the best we can to prepare. Then we must leave the rest to God and His providence.

You’re invited to hear my whole discussion with Ray Gano by listening to DestinySurvival Radio for June 28, 2012. Order Survive the Coming Storm by clicking on its title wherever you see it linked in this post. Ray’s Web site is, where he seeks to present and interpret current events from a Biblical perspective.

How are you changing negatives to positives as you get prepared to survive? Leave a comment below and share your thoughts.


Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.