[b]HOW TO HANDLE HARD TIMES[/b][i]by Bill Mcleod[/i]Who would have thought three years ago that we would ﬁnd North America, in particular, in an economic crunch of the present proportions? In looking back, it seems incredible. Jobs were available everywhere and some industries were crying for help. Now this giant clock has stopped running and panic has stricken many. How do we as believers handle all this? First of all, we have to admit this is of God. No other countries have been so richly blessed economically as Canada and the US. We have been the envy of the world. And this can be seen in the millions trying to get into our countries to live. Have we, as nations, been thankful and have we, as believers, responded by increasing our giving to Christian work around the world? The answer is NO! Statistics show clearly our giving has been decreasing. We must begin by confessing our cupidity [excessive desire for wealth] and selﬁshness and start making amends. We must also remember that no matter how hard the times, Gods promises are still the same as ever. Seek ﬁrst the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things [food, clothing and whatever we need] shall be added unto you. Matthew 6:33. Elsewhere we read that He opens his hand and satisﬁes the desire of every living thing. Psalm 145:16. Christians in North America have been spending millions on big and expensive toys. Sporting equipment of every kind; several vehicles where one would do; houses big enough to house twenty people for two people. We also hear of believers taking expensive ﬂying trips around the world and know of some who were bragging because their holidays only cost them $3,500. Trans World Radio is now broadcasting the Gospel in over 200 languages and needs ﬁnancial help. How are we going to answer to God some day for our dismal failure in our giving to His work? It is simply then a matter of returning to the Word of God with all our hearts and not allowing others to make boundaries for us. Paul said in Galatians 5:25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. If we are born again we are now living in the Spirit, but we may not be actually walking in the Spirit. See Romans 8:9 with Galatians 5:16 and 5:24,25. Hallelujah for the cross!
_________________SI Moderator - Greg Gordon
The riches of the kingdom of GOD lie hid withChrist. HE is the pearl of great price; the onlytreasure we should be seeking!!GOD will try us to find where the treasure of our hearts lies. Make no mistake. GOD is showingus very plainly that we are bankrupt without theriches of His grace!!
_________________Martin G. Smith