If you are not hurting financially for money, well, God bless you, but many people are. Some people truly have financial wisdom and I thank God they do. But many in the Body are feeling lack and compared to times prior, I can relate to that too.
Many preachers talk about the wrath of God and getting right with God and there are very few that are not preaching “Give” with all their hearts and souls, it seems. Sometimes you just need a break from it!
But then you go to the world and everywhere you go there is a “Sale!” and a “Deal”. Some expenses for things that you must have are going up, and there are news reports “predicting” prices going up, too. Many are getting evicted from their homes, and people who should have handled our money in the financial institutions, well, they have not.
Prophetically, like many others, I have gone to God over this. Not just once, but a number of times. There are pressures not just on me but on many in the Body. Now it’s one thing to miss our ice cream after a meal and other little perks like a new car every 2-7 years that we are probably used to, but some of it seems to be hitting closer to home in our lifestyles than that.
The other night watching GodTV, I heard Mike Jacobs interview a man who understood a lot of things about where our society is, especially as it relates to the global market, and I was impressed to hear LOGICAL REASONS for some of this. One is the fact that the spending years of the baby boom generation has passed.
On a graph, the line went up, then suddenly dropped down because the numbers of people in that age range of those buying homes and other things that relate to that time in their life, sharply declined. Today, those who are in the age range to buy homes are called the Baby Bust generation, and their demographics are in much smaller numbers. This is expected to last until 2012-2015.
Then, the Baby Boomer grandchildren will see the bar on the graph go up again for spending, because, as he said, when the population is on an increase, more prosperity is seen. He also mentioned it will not be as great as the Baby Boomer generation saw it because 54 million children were aborted and so the numbers are down. Try to avoid the spirit of condemnation on that reality, but understand it. God is on the side of life.
He went on further to say that the economy surge we saw from the Baby Boomers is like a balloon that inflated and then suddenly burst. It is not something you can blow up again, the dynamics are just not there for it. So people who before could count on resources in certain areas to come rolling in, can no longer do that because the dynamics for business with a generation that is retiring and not spending is not as strong now because of the numbers.
Now that is not to mention the people who have not done things right and added corruption into the mix, causing pain and theft for others. Certainly that is felt more now, too. As a Body, corruption has always been something that we have had to fight and stand against. In this fallen world still, not everyone does it right!
But discovering this information, and I am no financial genius by a long shot, really came as a word from God to me. Ministries who have been used to the extra income are also not finding it, and so the logical response when it gets cut off too, is to scream loud, put pressures on because their bills are behind, and some will even condemn the Body in places when it is not their fault! I feel led to write about this!
Of course we as Christians want to belike those who lived as the Jews did in the land of Goshen, the ones dramatically different and full of prosperity. And some businesses will do better in certain “times” than in other “times.” Hospitals and graveyards do more business when there is a plague, or are there for in those retirement ages.
At least the good news from these actuary tables is that there will be a logical rebound in 2012 -2015, not taking into consideration any other social and spiritual factors. Some want to define those factors sometimes in ways that are not true reality. But I think if we take this information for what it is, it can be a key in how we plan the future days.
There is something about prosperity and luxuries that is so comfortable. It seems so easy to move into, and so hard to come out of. I think one reason for that is that we were created to prosper. But we must learn the ways to do it correctly or we get hurt by what is not right.
But we also must be practical and understand that the “times” are what they are right now. If you were counting on a great increase because of “the numbers” from the past, it just may not be there logically speaking. If you go preach in a poor country, you are probably not going to get wealthy from the offerings, unless God does a miracle for those people financially and the people congenially understand the concept of giving and receiving in the correct Spiritual context.
We Baby Boomers can thank God for the blessed and prosperous times that we have had. Every mark is a part of the look of the sculpture God is designing. He has not left, and it’s not that He doesn’t care, these are just the factors of our society and world. There will be exceptions with different ones, but if you are coal mining and the coal on the land runs out, you are going to have to look for other resources or new land with more coal in it.
There is something to be said for the Spiritual aspects of this too. Under the prophet Samuel and King Saul, Israel was struggling for Godly leadership. Then King David came on the scene and his life and ministry was about taking out the giants and wicked rulers that surrounded and persecuted them. He turned the hearts of the people to worship and the nation began to prosper in many ways.
By the time his son King Solomon took the throne of Israel, there was a lot more prosperity, safety and population. What many would call expensive in other times, like gold and silver and special spices, was more commonplace. But after King Solomon’s days, corruption came in again and prosperity left and the people were scattered. I think our generation can understand this concept of the times better than most.
The good news is that God still has a people. And those who know their God will be blessed! They may go through trials but they have promises, potential and grace and favor. God always has a remnant. Sometimes they have to find each other to work together, sometimes they have to fight devils together to get things accomplished. And the enemies of the Lord are just still here, but we have an overcoming God with rewards to give for doing it His way.
Prophetically I know God is going to do gatherings and outpourings. I know He is especially going to do that in Israel. But He will do it according to His precepts and prophesied plans. I don’t want the Body to be discouraged or feel condemned when some of this is not their fault.
Let’s also not be duped by false realities given. We are in an economic downturn for a short season. Let’s be practical and not burdensome to others. We have as many Christians as we have evangelized and raised up properly. How well have we done on that?
We have to get it right, the wrong will not be blessed by Him. BUT, the promises are great, and the plans are glorious! Let’s be practical while we are seeking and doing His will. The power of His Love is upon it.