The Sky Is Not Falling –

The Sky Is Not Falling  By Andrew Wommack  
    
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“Recession Starts Taking Toll: Will it lead to another crash?”

“Worries are building that today’s sagging economy may be on the brink of collapse.”

U.S. News & World Report

Running Short of Cash: “The United States and its allies scramble to head off a global financial disasterFinance ministers from the United States, Britain, France, Japan and West Germany met last week near Frankfurt to find a way to avert a global economic collapse.”  Newsweek

As you all know, these sentiments have been expressed many times over by the media in the last few months. Many are even comparing our current financial situation to the Great Depression.

It may surprise you, however, to learn that the two quotes above were from November of 1974 and December of 1982 respectively. They were made by the fear mongers in the 70s and 80s who were predicting financial collapse. It did not come to pass then, and this current financial situation is also not the beginning of the end.

Let me quote a few statistics that you probably won’t hear from our media. Unemployment rose to 24.75% in 1933. In time, that improved, but even during Ronald Reagan’s first term in the latter part of 1982, the unemployment rate rose to 10.8%. Yet the rest of the 1980s were some of the strongest economic years of growth this country has ever had. Today the current unemployment rate is about 6%-7%. Amazingly, that means 93%-94% of Americans are still working.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell from a peak of 381.17 in October of 1929 to a low of 41.22 on July 8, 1932—a decline of 85%. The Dow did not return to its peak for more than 22 years. From 1929 through 1933, about 10,000 out of the 25,000 banks in the United States disappeared (source: Business and Media Institute). It’s nothing like that today.

There were no federally insured deposits during the Great Depression, but today the FDIC guarantee is up to $250,000 per account. That simply means there will be no runs on the banks as there were during the Great Depression.

The mortgage foreclosure rate during the Great Depression was 50%. In August of 2008 the national foreclosure rate was 4.4%. It may be higher now, but it’s not even close to what it was then. The truth, even though it may be painful, is that we have needed a major adjustment from the unsound lending practices of the last few decades. For example, illegal aliens and others who had no way to pay back their loans were receiving sub-prime home loans with government guarantees. That’s just wrong!

Marvin Goodfriend, who is a professor of economics at Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business in Pittsburgh, speaking on National Public Radio, said that there is no real threat of another Great Depression. That depression lasted nearly ten years. He sees this turning around in the next few months. On a scale of 1-10, with the Great Depression being a 10, he sees this current situation as a 3 or 4.

All of this is to say, THE SKY IS NOT FALLING. Chicken Little is out there again, predicting the worst, and I’m amazed at how many people are buying into this. I kind of expect this from the unbelievers, but many Christians are just as worried as those who don’t have the promises of the Lord.

Do you remember the Y2K scare? The unbelievers weren’t too moved by this, but Christians predicted this was the beginning of the tribulation. I had a pastor friend who advocated that his members move out into the country, buy a year’s supply of food, and use guns to protect themselves. I know some people who were so stressed, they lost their marriages over that scare.

Or how about the bird flu? I was in Scotland in October of 2005 when one of the leading experts of the British Health Care system said there was no question about if the bird flu would infect humans and cause a pandemic, but only when. Then he said that it might be one year or at the most two years, but he stated emphatically that one-third of the world’s population would die by October of 2007. In October of 2007 I read in USA Today that there had been a total of twelve human deaths worldwide from the bird flu. Although it’s sad that anyone died from that, it’s a far cry from a pandemic.

Can you see a trend or pattern here? The world likes to exaggerate (literally lie) and present the worst-case scenarios because bad news sells. I can’t do much about the world, but I would like to use my influence to affect believers. We are not to let our hearts be troubled:

“Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me” (John 14:1).

Isaac went through hard times. There was a famine in the land (Gen. 26:1). Isaac was a stranger in that land. He didn’t own any property. But the Philistines around him panicked. They didn’t work their fields. What was the use? But Isaac saw it as an opportunity and took advantage of their idle fields.

Genesis 26:12 says,

“Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year an hundredfold: and the LORD blessed him.”

This happened during a drought! What was he doing sowing seed when they were in a drought? He was believing God! That’s what we should do.

And since there was a drought, others hadn’t planted, and therefore food was in short supply. Isaac got premium prices for his crops. The next few verses go on to tell how Isaac became so prosperous that Abimelech, the king of Gerar, came to him and asked him to leave because he was more prosperous than that whole nation.

In Genesis 26:14 and 16 reads,

“For he had possession of flocks, and possession of herds, and great store of servants: and the Philistines envied him…And Abimelech said unto Isaac, Go from us; for thou art much mightier than we.”

This is the news believers should be listening to. We have promises from the Lord that He will provide our needs according to His riches IN GLORY by Christ Jesus (Phil. 4:19). We aren’t limited by this world’s economy! Let those who only trust in money panic. In God we trust (Ps. 91:2, 118:8-9; Isa. 12:2, 26:4; and Nah. 1:7). We should be rejoicing.

I’m not saying you shouldn’t make adjustments. If you bought into this world’s philosophy, getting all you can and getting it by mortgaging your future, then come to your senses, and follow the principles of God’s Word. Even if you haven’t been burned, you’ve learned a valuable lesson, and now you can go forward with a new focus on the Lord as your source.

And let me point out the obvious: This is not a time to cut back on your sowing. You will only reap what you sow (Gal. 6:7). This is a time to believe God as never before. This is our greatest hour. We can demonstrate to the world, as Isaac did, that there is a God in heaven who blesses His people, even in the worst times.

 The world is hungry for the message of God’s unconditional love and grace.

Most importantly, “let not your heart be troubled…believe in God” (John 14:1).”

 http://www.awmi.net/extra/article/sky_falling

The sky is not falling but God is sifting all persons to reveal what they are really made up off.. for their own good as well.. do see also http://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/

God is not here to save Homes, Buildings, Businesses  from bankruptcies etc., or to meet our expectations firstly, God is here to firstly help each person  with God’s priorities and not ours..
 
Self centeredness, greed and selfishness, neglecting God  were, are  the main reasons many businesses had failed, marriages ended in divorce as well..
 
Rather is is time to become God centered, to return to our first love.. AND TO GET READY FOR HEAVEN OVER HELL.
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About thenonconformer

I am a Canadian, retired and I do have an Engineering degree, from Concordia University , Montreal 1968, plus I had also now worked as a Re/Max Realtor in Calgary too.
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One Response to The Sky Is Not Falling –

  1. The Jobless need more help, and the federal Stimulus is still unlikely to stem the job losses, help the unemployed.

    Reality, Canada is in the starts of of a deep recession and the proposed existing fiscal stimuli, is very much inadequate and what is needed is real, viable, tangible job creation programs. The hardworking Canadians who have been paying into employment insurance for years to have access to employment insurance at a time of need and what do they really get, 5 extra weeks extension of UI for them to find non existent jobs? After which their sole option is to go on social welfare but first they will have to loose all of their assets, savings.

    The 2009 Canadian federal budget had extended employment insurance payments for those who are eligible by five weeks. But Finance Minister Jim Flaherty resisted demands to increase benefits or ease eligibility rules. Currently, only 54 per cent of laid-off workers qualify.

    Liberal MP Rodger Cuzner accused Human Resources Minister Diane Finley of failing to grasp the gravity of the situation.

    Calling the job carnage a “national tragedy,” NDP MP Peter Julian said the Liberals are also to blame for an inadequate assistance package.
    “They’re simply rubber-stamping a Conservative budget that continues a policy that is hurting thousands and thousands of Canadian families at the worst possible time — when they lose their jobs and they have no one to turn to,” he said.

    Canada’s present and upcoming Jobless need more real help. Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government still even faces mounting demands to improve all of the support for the jobless in the wake of the vast continual increase in layoffs across the country. Opposition parties now rightfully accused the unprepared for Prime Minister Harper, who had falsely assured us mere months ago that if Canada were facing a recession, we would already have had it, of leaving out the now large, continually growing pool of unemployed persons to deeply suffer without their receiving adequate help now, next. A financial recovery plan crafted on making the banking loaned easier available to industry, car buyers, home purchasers also into enough. Any incentives designed to buy new vehicles when there is no job to go to is a real unacceptable fiasco as well..

    I personally sat in the Alberta Minister’s career and manpower office, job creation program, office decades ago and found out firsthand the he had no plan whatsoever to deal with increasing Alberta’s employment, for he falsely too was relying on others to do it That seems to be still the trend of what too many of our leaders are also doing. Unacceptably Nothing!

    The federal government relying on an uncertainty, a speedier U.S. recovery to hopefully boost the country’s fortunes, unemployment figures is a clear absurdity, unacceptability. Canada itself will next have to deal with a vast amount of likely home foreclosures as well which will add to the woes.

    Federal finance minister Flaherty rejected calls to ease employment insurance eligibility, saying that extending benefits was the best way to help the jobless. How stupid is he, does he really believe that the economy will turn around in that period of time while most public, civil servants, politicianss, ministers doing nothing about it all? Or in his mind is he still like the fool, Ostrich of a PM Harper who said there was not going to be any major Canadian recession? Sure seems like it. Birds of the same feathers flock together. Unacceptable., Really inacceptable.

    Instead of everyone chasing their own tail we need to get down to serious job creation programs, give real help to the unemployed.

    It was about 25 years ago, 2.5 decades ago I reviewed the matter of recession and job creation programs approach in Canada and I had fully, rightfully concluded that the best and fastest way to increase jobs, to create MORE jobs, for this certainty was not through the rather mostly wasteful GOVERNMENTAL, MUNICIPAL DEPARTMENTS, AGENCIES.

    The effective job creation programs should rather be done through the established firms in the private sector and done by mainly increasing their existing sales, marketing, developing additional markets, products in these existing profitable small, medium or larger firms. Most private firms still are hesitant to expand, they need incentives, encouragement to take on the extra problems, new work, to expand for they all tend to reach a comfort operating level and they tend not to want to next even increase their size, profitability in fact. Hoping to develop new jobs, profitability by the creation, establishment of the new firms is very unlikely, for it takes years before these firms show some degree to stability and profitability.

    So you have to establish reasons for a new firm to create the new jobs, such as a cash grant, rewards for each of their new employee who lasts longer than 2 years with the firm. And provide for 2 months on the job retraining.

    In order to do this you have to now help them to develop more effectively especially firstly their own sales, marketing department as well. A role the pretentious, incompetent FBDB is not capable of doing now even as well.. The government thus also should offer free services from a private sales, marketing consulting firm to help any firm that requests it a free review, recommendations towards increasing effectively, immediately their firm’s profitability, sales and size.

    do see also http://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/02/02/federal-budget-approved/

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