Pressing toward the Goal

I expect 2014 to be a year of “variables”.  When I was a boy, life was pretty simple.  The economy was stable, our family had one car, and mom stayed home, taking care of two boys.  The warmth and wind dried our clothes outside on a clothesline.  Today, the complexities of this society have increased exponentially.  There are so many diversions to your focus and so many opinions, you must make a decision on who you believe to be looking out for your best interest.  Major corporations own news agencies and television networks now.  They promote the own subtle agendas through the media.  They hand pick celebrities who will reflect their motives.  They will parade a group of highly credentialed economists in front of the camera to assure us that Janet Yellen is the perfect person to run the Federal Reserve Bank.  Who is wise enough and smart enough to keep the wheels on the financial wagon in the U.S., given the current conditions?  In one word… nobody.

The current system is based on assumptions, conclusions, and incomplete information.  For all practical purposes, it is another long term experiment.  The experiment spans decades thus it is difficult for an individual to assess its current status.  Only those who have a broader perspective can see the trend of currency destruction that continues unabated.  When my dad complained of inflation, I had no perspective or appreciation of his comments.  “Fifty cents for a cup of coffee?  Unbelievable!”  Now I find myself exclaiming the same thing but with larger numbers.  When I was in college, the oil companies would have “gas wars” and the price of a gallon of gas would drop down to 19 cents, from 28-32 cent range.  Have our wages kept up with inflation?  No.  Inflation hurts most of society.  It simply provides the illusion of economic health for a period of time.  We are in the latter stages of currency destruction now.  It is like reporting on a slow-motion train wreck.  How long will it be before we reach the tipping point of a harsh economic event?  Only Our Heavenly Father knows.  Everyone else must simply guess.

To serve my brothers and sisters in the best way I can, I write what I hear and comprehend Our Heavenly Father is expressing to me.  I now have a 42 year track record of hearing HIS Voice.  Over that period, I have fallen into the ditch several times by not listening and responding.  As a loving Father, HE has picked me up, encouraged me, corrected me, then continued my training.  The one thing I now have is perspective.  I have gratitude and appreciation for HIS deliverance out of the throes death, destruction, disease, and other events that many experience.

When will the second coming of Christ occur?  I have been hearing that question for nearly four decades.  My current belief:  When the Sons of GOD are sufficiently matured, not a minute sooner.  Do you think Our Heavenly Father would allow a vacuum of leadership?  HE never has.  HE has raised up heathen kings to do HIS bidding as needed.  Until the remnant is ready, the current system will be kept in place.

Are you going to observe the coming of the Kingdom or are you going to participate?  There is an old saying:  There are three types of people-  Those that make things happen, those that watch things happen, and those that wonder what happened.  If you are not drawn to preparation, you must ask yourself why.  Paul spoke about “pressing toward the mark” in Philippians 3:

12 Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. 13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Are you led by The Spirit or by your cravings?  Out of you belly will come one of two results: lust or Living Water.  Paul warned of the first scenario:

17 Brethren, join in following my example, and note those who so walk, as you have us for a pattern. 18 For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: 19 whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame—who set their mind on earthly things.

Jesus promised the second scenario on the 8th Day of Tabernacles:

John 7:37 On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. 38 He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart (or belly) will flow rivers of living water.”

I write economics blogs to help you navigate through the times ahead in order that you may prepare spiritually.  Our goal with the writings, books, and online broadcasts are to prepare and mature those who are led to participate in the “second coming”, not just observe.  The mature son is the one who will be given the power and authority, not the one who simply “watched” events unfold.  Think about it.

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