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The Economics of Love

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

In its most fundamental form, exchange promotes life.  When we breathe, we receive oxygen and expel carbon dioxide, a gas critical for plant life.  On the other hand, plants expel oxygen to maintain life and growth.  This exchange works rather well and there is an abundance of both gases to facilitate life for all three kingdoms: plant, animal, and mankind.  (Science only categorizes life into two fundamental kingdoms which I disagree with)

In FATHER’S Kingdom, Love is the motivation for exchange and it is counterintuitive to man’s logic.  Love gives and FATHER blesses with greater abundance.  This is the foundation of the Heavenly Economic Model.  Mankind’s economic model tends to operate on addition and subtraction whereas FATHER’S Model operates on multiplication and division.

Jesus represents the Divine Intent of Love and conveys the abundance of the Kingdom in the following story found in Luke chapter 5:

1 So it was, as the multitude pressed about Him to hear the word of God, that He stood by the Lake of Gennesaret,

2 and saw two boats standing by the lake; but the fishermen had gone from them and were washing their nets.

3 Then He got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little from the land. And He sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat.

Jesus had not yet called Peter to the ministry and Peter, a fisherman, was busy cleaning his nets.  Jesus needed to utilize Peter and his boat so that he could teach the multitudes and all could hear.  Peter accommodated Jesus and rowed out from the shore and listened to the Gospel while managing the boat.  In response to Peter’s willingness to provide Jesus with the resource He needed, Jesus was now ready to bless Peter:

4 When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.”

Love spoke a blessing over Peter but he challenged the blessing by allowing his mind and intellect to take control of the situation:

5 But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.”

Peter’s orientation was based on mankind’s economic model of scarcity and challenged Love’s Intent to bless him.  He compromised the Word and let down a net rather than multiple nets as Jesus requested.  What was the result?

6 And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking.

7 So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink.

FATHER’S economic model of abundance superseded man’s law of scarcity and overtook the fishermen’s capacity to receive.  Yes, I understand that the fish represented Spiritual Truths of becoming fishers of men and other facets.  Yet we must not overlook the fact that Jesus was expressing a Kingdom reality in the area of economics and finance.  The mind wants to negate that aspect because it seems to be out of reach for us to expect a multiplication of resources.  How did Peter respond?

8 When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!”

9 For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish which they had taken;

When Love arrives on the scene, blessing occurs.  Mankind toils in a system of scarcity and then Jesus shows up to change the paradigm.  He defied man’s knowledge, understanding, and skill.  The Wisdom from Above understands how to take command over the infinite resources available to those who walk in the maturity of Love.  Love is able to fund the spreading of the Gospel and meet men’s needs.  There is no need to coerce funds from people.  As you pursue Love, FATHER will open up the windows of Heaven and make the necessary resources available.

Men tend to steer away from this aspect of the Gospel in fear of failure.  If I don’t expect the resources to come, then I won’t be disappointed when they don’t show up.  That is the ego’s way of keeping you from your calling.  You will never harvest a crop if you don’t plant seed.  Every farmer know this simple truth yet the moment we speak of giving, alarms sound from the ego.  Love gives, lust takes.  If you give out of Love, the recipient’s intent won’t prevent you from your blessing.  FATHER looks at the intent of the heart and is not limited by the recipient’s response or agenda.  The recipient will be dealt with according to his motivation thus you don’t have to attempt to judge the outcome.  FATHER is well equipped to handle the reconciliation aspect of giving and receiving.

Jesus understood that men need to be sustained by the necessities of physical life.  He had no problem in blessing the four disciples’ families with an exceptional catch of fish.  What do you think happened to all those fish that filled their boats?  They surely took them to market and received sufficient income.  Do you think those fish were of the highest quality?  No doubt!

We must start looking at challenges as opportunities, not through the eyes afraid of failure.  As we are led by HIS SPIRIT, FATHER will tell us which side of the boat to cast our nets.  HE will tell us to take action even though the world’s logic would say that it will be fruitless.  We must trust FATHER as we move toward challenging times ahead.  If HE says to prepare, then prepare.  If HE says to give, then give.  When you take action according to HIS Word, your boat will be full.  Some men get hard of hearing when it comes to funding the Gospel.  Peter nearly missed it when Jesus told him to set aside his own logic and simply do what Jesus said to do.

If you walk according to the world’s economic model, you will continue to toil and suffer lack.  We must seek to understand the Economics of Love if we are to be blessed and prospered.   People who become desperate will look for someone who isn’t and want to know why.  Our focus must be on Love and as good stewards we will be in command of the resources we need to minister life to all those we come in contact with.  This is just one aspect of the “greater things” Jesus spoke about.  It is time that we no longer compromise in this area of Love.  When we have Love as our intent, then we will appropriately expect all promises to come to pass such as:

Luke 6:38  “Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”

Move toward Cashless Society

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

The central planners would love to move the population to a cashless society where they can fully control each and every individual.  Another benefit is that the banks can assess a transaction fee which ultimately functions as a usage tax… just like credit cards.  The current abuse of cash-based transactions is such a small percentage of the total Gross Domestic Product, there is no true economic reason for it.  If they really wanted to do something to minimize lawlessness, they could spend more time and energy on illegal market rigging by the large players.  They only fine them a small percentage of the profit made on such illegal activities that the fines are simply the “cost of doing business” and are probably now projected and budgeted.

Bankers don’t go to jail whereas shoplifters do.  The scales of justice need some adjustment.

 

See:  http://www.silverdoctors.com/breaking-martin-armstrong-reports-on-a-secret-banker-meeting-in-london-to-ban-cash/

Charging us on Our Cash?

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

It started in Europe and has now come ashore to the U.S., banks want to start charging us on our own deposits.

See: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-04-23/negative-interest-rates-may-spark-existential-crisis-for-cash

This is a sustained effort to control us by controlling our resources.  Central planners continue to make it difficult to move cash according to our own desires.  We are limited to how much we can carry.  Law enforcement can confiscate it if they feel like it (judge and jury).  Now that the central planners have dug a debt hole that cannot be filled, they want to seize the rest of the population’s assets.  Only Our Heavenly Father has a solution for the current situation.  Until HE activates the power and anointing to deal with the current path of destruction, we must “wait on THE LORD”.  Your current best investment is “time” given to FATHER.  All other investments are moving toward high risk (even cash) given the thinking of those in control, even though I suspect their days are numbered.

The Reality of Inflation

Monday, March 30th, 2015

Even though the government is reporting low inflation, most of us in the rest of the country experience something much different:

KWN Arnott 3:30:2015

Total Solar Eclipse On March 20th Falls In The Middle Of The Four Blood Red Moons

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

My buddy Mike forwarded this article to me:  http://www.silverdoctors.com/sign-of-judgment-total-solar-eclipse-on-march-20th-falls-in-the-middle-of-the-four-blood-red-moons/#more-51246

The number 7 represents “completion, maturity, perfection’’”.

The number 8 represents “new beginnings”.

It will be an interesting year based on all the activity at hand.  This Feasts cycle culminating on September 28th could possibly see some real fireworks.  Those who have the Mind of Christ and thus are in direct communication with FATHER will not be moved by any events, surprises, etc.  Now is the time to enter your prayer closet and listen intently to HIM.  Perfect, mature Love casts out fear.  As events unfold give HIM the Glory for HIS judgments are necessary to expose the lies of men.

Seven Months Out

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

The following interview provides an interesting timeline to what a few financial/economic technicians are seeing in the near future.  Perfect Love casts out fear so if this interview causes fear to rise up in you, you may want to focus more on HIS Love until the fear has been completely removed.

Go to: http://usawatchdog.com/great-shaking-and-collapse-is-coming-jonathan-cahn/ to watch the interview.

Two Types of Borrowing

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

In the past, I have recommended to the readers to eliminate debt.  That still goes…   However if you borrow money for income producing purposes, it is a different type of borrowing.  For example, borrowing for a new car which is an asset of declining value puts you at risk if something negative happens.  On the other hand, borrowing money for viable inventory that produces sales is not as risky and becomes part of the cost of doing business.  As you sell the inventory, you retire debt and produce a profit which more than offsets the interest expense of the inventory carrying costs.

Lowering your leverage is a wise move especially now.  The Swiss National Bank removed its Swiss Franc “peg” against the Euro last week.  In 13 minutes, people who were leveraged in this area of the currency market suffered huge losses and some were wiped out.  The Swiss Franc increased 30% in about 780 seconds and no one could do anything about it.

See: http://www.goldcore.com/us/gold-blog/market-chaos-swiss-franc-surges-30-13-minutes-gold-rises-sharply/

This is serious!  The central banks are now in self-preservation mode and there is surely more volatility on the way.

In the U.S., I suspect dogs could now get a car loan based on the easy credit available.  A Honda Finance executive comments:

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2015-01-20/honda-warns-against-stupid-auto-loans-driving-u-s-sales-gains.html

I have written several warnings about the economic challenges ahead.  It seems 2015 has started out with a “Swiss Chocolate” Black Swan.  Expect more black swans on the horizon.

Labor Participation Rate

Friday, January 9th, 2015

These two graphs are the more realistic of where the U.S. Economy stands:

 

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Gold/Oil Ratio

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

Energy is a significant cost of mining.  When the ratio of the price of gold vs. the price of oil goes up, miners make more money and their stock values improve.

The following graph depicts the relative reduction of energy cost per ounce of gold mined.  The same holds true for silver.

King World News Gold:Oil Ratio

1st Quarter results will begin to reflect the lower cost of energy and Wall Street will hop on board early to ride the wave.  The only caveat is if the manipulators are able to further suppress the futures price of the metal.  Expect the unexpected.

$303 Trillion in Total Derivatives

Friday, December 26th, 2014

As of June 30th, 2014, U.S. Banks are reportedly holding $303 trillion in derivatives:

The latest spending bill puts the taxpayer on the hook for the above derivatives.  Of course Citibank helps Congress out by suggesting language for the Cromnibus Bill:

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2015 may be a year of Black Swans.  Keep the cupboard full so that if something ugly happens, you will be prepared.  The “just in time” distribution chain assumes no unexpected events will occur so if people panic, it will take some time to restock shelves.

PS It is not important that you fully understand derivatives.  I daresay many Congressman who voted for this bill have no idea either.  This idea of hiding behind the “letter” of the law does not affect the outcome of unintended consequences.  The banks may be the ultimate losers after all.