Daily Devotional for Thursday March 19, 2020
Is the economic meltdown we are seeing in this nation and around the world God's judgment?
(Psalm 75:7; Romans 2:2; 2 Chronicles 7:14; 1 Peter 4:17)
***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Lord, Thank You for meeting my daily needs as you have promised in your Word. I look to You and You alone for my sustenance through life, and Thank You for Your faithfulness. Please help me to be a good steward of the funds You entrust into my care during this life, and give me favor in my finances, and wisdom in my decisions during these challenging days. In the name of Jesus I pray...AMEN!
***COMING IN THE FRIDAY DAILY DEVOTIONAL!!! In the early days of the church, Rome had 2 major plagues. Christians not only led in caring for the sick and dying, but in the process led many to faith in Christ. FOR THOSE WHO HAVE FOLLOWED LIVEPRAYER FOR ANY LENGTH OF TIME, YOU KNOW THAT FOR THE NEARLY 21 YEARS OF THE LORD’S MINISTRY HERE, I HAVE DECLARED THIS NATION WAS DUE GOD’S WRATH AND JUDGEMENT AND ONLY TURNING BACK TO THE ALMIGHTY AND HIS TRUTH WOULD SPARE US THAT WRATH AND JUDGEMENT! LIKE OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN THE EARLY CHURCH, IN THE MIDST OF THIS GLOBAL CRISIS IT IS NOW OUR TIME TO RISE UP AND LEAD THIS NATION AND WORLD TO THE ONLY ANSWER AND HOPE THERE IS...JESUS CHRIST!!! DON’T MISS FRIDAY’S CRITICAL DAILY DEVOTIONAL TO BELIEVERS EVERYWHERE TO RISE UP AND LEAD THE LOST AND HURTING MASSES TO FAITH OVER THEIR FEAR!!!
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Is the economic meltdown we are seeing in this nation and around the world God's judgment? Back in early 2008, I wrote a Devotional on how God could use the economy as an instrument of His judgment on the United States. As we are now in March of 2020, 12 years later, do you still think what we are watching before our very eyes just an economic problem as opposed to a spiritual problem?
Have you seen the headlines lately? Our nation is over $22 trillion in debt and climbing, with our current unfunded obligations totaling well over $70 trillion. At this moment, due to the health crisis a larger percentage of our population is dealing with the uncertainty of having a job. Almost overnight we went from the best unemployed numbers in history, to unknown numbers that could rival the Great Depression. In the past month, ONE THIRD of the stock market has been wiped out!
As the financial crisis continues, you will soon be seeing anarchy in the streets. Thieves stealing copper tubing from air conditioners, steel manhole covers, and metals of every kind. You will have flash mobs of violence popping up all over the nation. Unbelievably you actually have many cities that are advocating for NOT charging people with many crimes AND letting criminals already charged and convicted out of jail! As financial conditions worsen, criminal acts are only going to increase.
DO YOU STILL THINK WHAT WE ARE WATCHING BEFORE OUR VERY EYES IS SIMPLY JUST AN ECONOMIC PROBLEM, AND NOT A SPIRITUAL PROBLEM???
My friend, God's judgment can come in many forms. Most people think of God's judgment as what we read about in the Book of Revelation when His wrath is poured out on the world in the final days through devastating natural disasters that will affect huge percentages of the world's population. We also think of how God judged the children of Israel in the Old Testament when He allowed their enemies to take their land and enslave them.
However today, I want to take a look at another form of God's judgment that is also in the Bible, but one that most people never really think about, and that is the economy. I have personally felt that using the economy is not only the most likely form of God's judgment on this nation, but would be easily the most devastating since it will affect the lives of every person in some way.
The first issue to discuss is why would we even be talking about God's judgment on the United States? My friend, you don't need to be much of a Bible scholar to know that this nation is not only due God's judgment, it is OVERDUE God's judgment. In the Book of Deuteronomy the Bible warns," If you ever forget the LORD your God and follow other gods and worship and bow down to them, I testify against you today that you will surely be destroyed."
As I have told you many times, the promises in God's Word are true but so are the warnings. This nation was founded on the Word of God and the hope of Jesus Christ. God blessed this nation abundantly, but over the past 243 years we have squandered those blessings and now live in complete rebellion to God and His Word. Just the fact we have abandoned God and have turned to the false gods and idols of this world, is enough for God to pronounce His judgment on this nation!
Sadly, in addition to worshipping the false gods of the world, we are living in utter rebellion to the Truth of God's Word. Sexual sin is rampant. Men treat other men in the most inhumane ways imaginable. People worldwide turn to drugs and alcohol for strength. Human life that can only come from God is no longer respected or valued. The greatest example of that is the fact that we legally slaughter over 4,000 innocent babies in this nation every 24 hours. We are now advocating killing our elderly! That fact alone demands God's judgment on our nation!!!
As you read through the Old Testament, we see the children of Israel turn from God to the false gods of the world. We see them living in rebellion to God in every way imaginable. At some point, God says enough is enough and pours out His wrath and judgment on Israel. That judgment came in many forms, but usually it was allowing the enemies of Israel to take their land and the children of Israel into captivity. Sadly, it was only AFTER the judgment of God fell that the people would repent and turn back to the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
PLEASE HEAR ME CLEARLY. IF GOD SPARED NOT HIS CHOSEN PEOPLE FROM HIS JUDGMENT, WHY WOULD ANYONE EXPECT THAT HE WILL SPARE THIS WICKED AND APOSTATE NATION HIS JUDGMENT???
My personal belief is that God's judgment on this nation could easily come through the economy. This is not complicated to understand. I know economics can be intimidating, but this is actually very simple. With the population of the world growing at the current rate, most people have no idea how precarious the food supply is becoming. We walk through our grocery stores with shelves stocked full of food, but it wouldn't take much for you to see many of those shelves empty. SHELVES FULLY STOCKED EVEN A FEW WEEKS AGO NOW ARE OFTEN BARE!!!
The US and global financial markets have always been more tenuous than most people understand. For the most part, they are one big Ponzi scheme, lots of smoke and mirrors with very little of substance to back-up any of the numbers you see. Just a month ago, the Dow Jones, S&P, and NASDAQ were all trading at record highs. One-third, apx. 6 trillion dollars has been wiped out in less than a month!
DO YOU BELIEVE ME YET??? The point I am trying to make today, we are currently living through how fast the economy of this nation, and thus all 330 million people could change virtually overnight! God might be using this current downturn as a warning, or He could just as easily use the economy as a form of His judgment on this nation affecting every man, woman, and child alive. Most people would be reduced to living like some people in other parts of the world, simply living from day to day trying to acquire the basic needs of life to survive.
I love you and care about you so much. I am not trying to scare you today, but to prepare you. Prepare you that life as we know it at this moment is very different than it was just a few weeks ago. I firmly believe by the first week of April we will see things start to return to normal and by the end of May the financial markets begin to return to the levels they were prior to this sell-off we have witnessed due to the coronavirus.
Now is the time to get serious about your faith and become bold in sharing that faith with others. God's judgment is coming. I know we are living in the last days, and I know Jesus is coming at any moment. That is why I have worked so tirelessly, these past 21 years since Liveprayer began, since I know that God has raised up this ministry for THIS moment in human history.
A great revival is about to be unleashed on this nation and the world. It won't be a revival of people chasing miracles, but a revival of souls as the lost come to repentance and turn to Jesus. They won't need signs and wonders to excite them, they will already be moved as they see the world around them crumbling and realize that they need something bigger than themselves to hold on to. There will always be those with the hard hearts who will curse God with their last breath, but hundreds of millions of souls will bow their knee and confess Christ as their Lord and Savior by faith!
Never fear. If you are child of God, no matter what form God's wrath and judgment on this nation takes, we have nothing to worry about since our citizenship is not of this world. We have a Heavenly home awaiting us. Our only job during these few years is to do all we can to bring as many people to Heaven with us. This is the time, now is the moment, our opportunity to make our lives count for Christ is at hand. May we be found faithful as we take our stand for Him in these last days.
Practically, I will be praying for you and your family as God meets your every need. Never forget, HE, and HE alone is our supplier. If you have lost your job, God will open the doors for a new and better job. If you are struggling in your business, know that the Lord can give you wisdom and favor to see your business prosper, perhaps in a different form than it currently is in. Even in these times of economic trouble, the Lord can still open doors to provide for His children.
*My word to you if you are struggling, be open to God guiding you down new paths, new opportunities, new ways to provide for you and your family. Keep an open mind!!!
Also, I know from our daily emails for prayer that many people have already been feeling the effects from the economic crisis we are experiencing. Many simply struggling to meet their monthly needs. Please know that I will be praying for you today and for the Lord to not only meet your every need, but bless your finances and give you FAVOR as you are faithful and obedient in that area of your life.
GOD WILL CONTINUE TO MEET YOUR EVER NEED AS HE PROMISED IN HIS WORD!!! Amen!!!
In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,