Are you ready for the coming crisis? Bad news all around. Stock markets is down, unemployment is up, taxes are going to skyrocket. Greece and Spain in trouble. The Dollar and the Euro are both unstable. What happens if the banks close to prevent a run on them? Could you survive 2 weeks without your ATM card or credit cards? The banks will be closed, their systems shut down, so the cards will not work, and this will be the case for at least two weeks in the event that happens. What to do? Before I get to the practical lets look at this from a spiritual standpoint first. Do not put your trust in any politician, in any government program or social agency, they do not really care about you. The politician just wants your vote, end of story. Government programs and social agencies are rife with corruption and rarely do the people that actually need help actually get the help or if they do they become enslaved to the program and lose the incentive to work and be self sufficient. The govt has taken over one of the responsibilities of the church with these entitlement programs. These programs are what has the governments around the world in financial crisis. In the US there are now more people receiving these benefits than are paying into the tax system that supports these programs. Those we have elected to represent us have done a very poor job of managing the tax dollars we are required to pay. No household, no business, no church, no organization of any kind can survive very long by spending more than it takes in. That is why I say do not put your trust in them, they cannot and should not be trusted with anything!! But there is ONE you can trust in! And that is the Good News! The Lord, will provide, and you can trust in Him. He provides healing, He provides food- He fed first 5,000 and then 4,000 a week later with nothing more than a few fish and a few loaves of bread, and there were left overs! Pray to Him for your needs and wants and desires, make Him your friend by studying His Word! That said, there is an old Indian Proverb that says, “pray, but row for the shore too!” So , just how does on \e on a practical level prepare for a financial crisis so bad that the banks will shut their doors and systems down for even a short length of time? First of all, you have to eat, so have at least some food surplus stored up, 7-14 days worth of perishable and non perishable items. You will need gas in the car, so have at least 2 weeks worth of cash available in your home. Enough to meet any immediate needs and to cover any emergencies. Do this incrementally, do not do try to do this all at once and create a financial crisis for yourself! Unless, you can afford to do this all at once and still meet your obligations. Now remember there will be desperate people not prepared, and they will steal and rob, people in desperate situations do desperate things, especially if they have no internal moral compass to guide them. So you will need a means of protecting yourself and your family. If you do not have a firearm and do not know how to use one. Learn how to use one safely and then get one. Always treat a firearm as if it is loaded. Never point a weapon at someone unless you intend to shoot them. Remember the scenario I am describing, Law enforcement may not be available. I am describing a scenario here that is very drastic and very not likely to happen. In any case, shooting is a very enjoyable hobby! And could very well be a skill that saves your life or the life of another. Just to be clear, I do NOT condone the taking of anyone;s life except in the case of self defense and all other options have been exhausted , including escape. I store my firearms unloaded with trigger locks on them. If you have children in the home you want to do the same, and store the ammunition in different location. Children and loaded guns are a bad combination. I do not have children in my home and my grandchildren are fully aware of gun safety, (their Dad is a gun nut!) So I have the magazines fully loaded and stored in a shelf above my rifles. Still out of the reach and sight of any children that may be visiting. Pray for the best, prepare for the worst. Store up some food-
6 Go to the ant, you sluggard;
consider its ways and be wise!
7 It has no commander,
no overseer or ruler,
8 yet it stores its provisions in summer
and gathers its food at harvest.
And have a means to protect what you have stored up
“Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.
He said to them, “But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one.
Remember to store up treasures in Heaven.!
Matthew 6:18-20 (New International Version)
Treasures in Heaven
19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.
He said to them, “Therefore every teacher of the law who has become a disciple in the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old.”
Remember to give to the poor – if one asks you for help- then help them!
From Matt 7
Ask, Seek, Knock
7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
9 “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! 12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.
The Narrow and Wide Gates
13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
True and False Prophets
15 “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. 16 By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17 Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.
True and False Disciples
21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’
The Wise and Foolish Builders
24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
28 When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, 29 because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.