Steve Lyston, Contributor
You will never see yourself out of a financial situation if you see only with your natural eyes. Your natural eyes will only see your present circumstances, because your natural eyes are limited. But, your spiritual eyes, by faith, can see beyond your present physical situation. It sees the future, but the natural eyes can't.
One of the things hindering global and local change is how we are seeing things with the physical eyes; unless we have a new vision - from natural to spiritual - things will remain the same. Having the same minds but employing different tactics does not guarantee success. A different mind and different tactics will guarantee successful change.
When the person sees beyond their natural eyes
When you close your natural eyes, you now open your mind to getting a mental picture of what you want. You are shutting out the distractions in order to give you better focus. When God changes one's sight, He changes one's outlook on things. When your mind changes, both sight and vision line up. Many will say, "What does God have to do with the economy?" But who created the economy in the first place? The very plant life didn't come forth because of a physical seed planted. It was as a result of a spoken word. So the economy was created before man was created.
When you see beyond the natural you save resources and money. You will make the right choices, cut out wastages and create new jobs.
If a person can't see their way out by faith, or see God as their source, or that it is possible to come out of a bad cycle or tunnel, then they will not come out. I see economists, advisers, political administrations and bankers becoming ineffective and ultimately irrelevant unless their mind and vision change.
The Natural View Of Things
What new ideas, solutions, thoughts do international lenders or policymakers have in order to bring change? The only things they are putting forward are contractionary fiscal policy and contractionary monetary policy - which can bring a country to its knees, run down existing systems, increase poverty, increase unemployment and possibly raise taxes. This is not counting the already existing 12 million-plus people globally, who currently have no food, clean water nor basic sanitation.
The Sliding Dollar
When the value of the dollar continues to slide, many will say, 'Let it slide, don't peg it.' But most prices, especially that of food, are set according to the existing exchange rates and the ex-factory price is factored into the pricing of each product.
How will we control manufacturers and distributors from hiking their costs/prices, especially the goods that we import - salted cod, certain canned goods, drink mixes, clothes, rice, toilet paper, computers, vehicles, and even shoes. If we don't peg the dollar now, what is going to happen? What about the people who have overseas loans - including those who study overseas. The only person who will benefit are the foreigners, and, on that note, even our real estate will be threatened.
We need to seek God for direction. Seeking Him is not like a one-night stand! HE is not the proverbial 'Boops.' When you seek Him for solutions, you will, in turn, learn to discern what is good from bad for you and for the nation. He will give you all the tactics and strategies for global change. (Jeremiah 17: 5-9).
We will not put our future in the hands of man - economic pundits, bankers, the media - our future can only be securely placed in the hands of God, who knows exactly what the future holds.
Can God turn around our economy? YES, HE CAN! He will use unusual sources and methods (II Kings 7: 6). He will reveal to us where the resources lie. He can even bring blessings from unusual sources that will bring change.
In II Kings 3, God allowed the rain to fall in one area that caused a flash flood in another. God can allow something to take place in one nation that can be extremely beneficial to another nation. We must not underestimate the power of God.
Apostle Steve Lyston is a biblical economics consultant and author of several books, including 'End Time Finance' and 'The New Millionaire'.