Inflation is at a 40-year high and is rising around the world. Interest rates are inching up. Consumers are seeing price hikes.
Some economists are predicting a mild recession while other industry watchers are predicting an economic crisis in some parts of the world. And some nations, like Sri Lanka and Venezuela, are already in economic crisis.
We're now hearing terms like stagflation. Stagflation is persistent high inflation combined with high unemployment rates and a stagnant demand in a country's economy.
This could be the perfect storm the late John Paul Jackson prophesied about many years ago. Or the economies could bounce back quickly. Only God knows.
What we do know is this: one day Babylon will fall. Revelation 18:1-3 (NKJV) tells us plainly:
"After these things I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was illuminated with his glory. And he cried mightily with a loud voice, saying, 'Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird! For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich through the abundance of her luxury.'"
Noteworthy is the verse that comes right after this. Revelation 18:4 (NKJV) reads: "And I heard another voice from heaven saying, 'Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues.'" The Message translation puts it this way: "Get out, my people, as fast as you can, so you don't get mixed up in her sins, so you don't get caught in her doom."
As Christians, we need to be careful not to get caught up in the world's system. We must not depend on the arm of flesh. God is our source. He is the minister of supply who supplies all our needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. (See Philippians 4:19.)
Prophetically speaking, now is not the time to stop sowing financially, sowing your prayers and sowing your time into the kingdom. Second Corinthians 9:10 tells us plainly that God gives seed to the sower and bread for food. We are supposed to eat the bread, not the seed. Too many Christians pull back on sowing and then suffer a lack attack as the enemy devours their harvest.
God spoke through Malachi to bring the tithes into the storehouse and gave a twofold promise. Number one, He will rebuke the devourer. Number two, He will open the windows of heaven and pour out a blessing you cannot contain. (See Malachi 3:11.)
I see the enemy attacking Christians with fear of giving. It's a diabolical plan to tempt you to eat your seed. God did not give you a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind. (See 2 Timothy 1:7.) Remember, you are not of the world or subject to the economies of this world. You are a citizen of the kingdom of heaven, and God owns all the silver and the gold.
Nevertheless, many who do not believe are subject to economic crisis. And we want to stand in the gap for the world economies. Awakening Prayer Hubs is focusing on pushing back economic crisis this month. Will you join us?
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Jennifer LeClaire is senior leader of Awakening House of Prayer in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, founder of the Ignite Network and founder of the Awakening Blaze prayer movement. She is author of over 25 books. Find her online at jenniferleclaire.org or email her at email@example.com.
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