Recently, we have received a surprising number of inquiries concerning the possibility of a massive financial storm striking America sometime this September or October. Several respected leaders have pointed to the confluence of Jewish High Holy Days marking the end of a significant 7-year cycle called the Shemitah along with a rare fourth blood moon.
There is no question our economy is shaky because of huge government and personal debt in America and for that matter in most countries. When you overlay the decisions our leaders are making that are contrary to the truth of God’s word, there is a legitimate concern that the Lord could discipline our country.
At the risk of being misunderstood by some, I want to share an experience that has fueled my passion for 38 years to help people learn God’s way of handling money. The year was 1977, and I was suddenly overcome by the Spirit of God and found myself prostrate on the floor, weeping. Then the Lord revealed to me that during my life time our economy would experience a very difficult time. God didn’t reveal when this will occur or what it will be like, but there’s no doubt that it will happen.
The financial crisis of 2008-2009 that engulfed the entire globe, made it clear that the economies of the world are more fragile than most people imagined. So what should you do to survive the coming economic storm? It’s wise to do what we’ve learned in Florida to prepare for hurricanes and follow these 6 steps. By the way, if it’s already difficult for you to make ends meet, simply do what you can do and trust the Lord—the only One who can protect and provide for us.
- FINANCIAL Prep
In addition to having some cash accessible outside of our bank, all we can do with our finances is to handle money God’s way.
- Be generous even when facing a crisis. “Agabus (a prophet) began to indicate by the Spirit that there would certainly be a great famine all over the world . . . and in proportion that any of the disciples had means, each of them determined to send a contribution for the relief of the brethren living in Judea” (Acts 11:28-29).
- Work to get out of debt. “The borrower is slave to the lender” (Proverbs 22:7).
- Save. “The wise man saves for the future” (Proverbs 21:20).
- Diversify your investments. “Divide your portion to 7 or even 8, for you do not know what misfortune may occur upon the earth.”
- FOOD and WATER Prep
If you can afford it, have extra imperishable food on hand that could feed your family and some neighbors. Store foods that you already eat and can rotate to keep fresh. Adults require about 2,000 calories a day to maintain their weight. Have extra portable water on hand and a filtering system to purify water, if needed.
- SANITATION Prep
Think extra toilet paper, hand sanitizer, hydrogen peroxide, garbage bags, etc.
- ENERGY Prep
Assuming you don’t have electricity, decide how you would generate energy to power lighting and cook food. Secure energy efficient lighting, flashlights, batteries, candles, matches and a hand crank/solar powered radio. Consider a generator, fuel, and a propane stove.
- MEDICAL Prep
Prescriptions, Neosporin, and a good first aid kit are a good start.
- SPIRITUAL Prep
Most importantly, pray and spend time in God’s word to get to know Christ better and to understand that He is our provider and protector. And if you can, prepare with some friends because we all will need encouragement and the counsel of others. Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 says, “Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion.”
I view these challenges as an amazing opportunity to influence people to consider Christ as their personal Savior. It could be the most exciting time in our lives. The Compass Ukraine Director lives in Kiev and said there was revival in Kiev when Russia invaded the eastern part of their country because God’s people prayed and served those who were unprepared.
May we prepare spiritually to meet the needs of our family and those around us.