Steve Lyston, Contributor
Everyone wants to see change, locally and globally, in every sector. But before the change can come and the problems - the economic woes, crime, corruption, and poverty - can be addressed, people must first be willing to embrace a change in their way of thinking.
Without that we will be not be able to see creative ideas and new strategies and solutions that God wants to give for their benefit and for the good of the nation.
A number of political leaders worldwide have promised to fix the economy. But unless there is a repairing of breaches, a return to Godly principles and re-establishing of their faith in Him, we are going to see a number of single-term administrations.
We must fix the environment before we can talk about new jobs, growth, and debt reduction.
Man was not made to be independent or function independently of God. Man was created to depend on God to direct him on how to manage earthly resources He entrusted to mankind. Neither man's government nor God's government can exclude God from daily decision-making. They must all have the cross as the foundation in order to have complete success, and if they are going to repair the economy (I Kings 18:31-32).
During three years of financial famine, when God's servant was called upon by the king to address the economy, the first thing the man of God did was instruct the people to fill four barrels with water. This symbolised that there could be no fixing at any level unless there was a balance of the spiritual and natural.
It further symbolised that the solutions to fix the economy could only be found in the Word of God. Our faith must be re-established in Him.
In the Book of Joel (Joel 1:4), the economy was being affected by the global spiritual condition, hence, there were no new ideas, no new jobs, and no new plans coming forth.
The focus should now be on four main sectors for economic growth: water/housing, finance, education, and health.
This has to be done while cutting back on the rest if we are to achieve sustainable development. Government, civil servants, advisers, and farmers must lead by example.
Begin to tithe
If we are going to trust God to bring back our economy, then we must begin to tithe (Malachi 3:8-11). As is revealed in II Chronicles 31, if we want to see the various windows of opportunity open for change, then we must be willing to abide by those principles that will cause that to happen.
Take note that no one can see outside unless there is at least a window open. The earthly house is a symbol of the heavenly design. Earthly governments cannot be independent of His principles.
We need windows of opportunity for revelation, for cures for diseases, for clever ideas and inventions, and new things for the youth. We need His wisdom and new strategies to deal with the horrific crimes against women, children, the elderly, and those with disabilities.
If we don't do that, we are going to open the wrong windows for the wrong things to enter, and we will further open the doors to those who would take advantage of the nation for personal gain.
Because nations such as Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, and South Africa have remained true to biblical principles, we are going to see a major increase in their economy. They will become a paradise for investors. I hope they will be wise and not be like the Caribbean and other Western nations and screen potential investors and demand that the profits be reinvested into those nations. Indeed, the stone that the builders rejected will become the chief cornerstone.
Many always say that we don't need to apply biblical principles because there are atheistic nations that don't accept or believe in God and they prosper. God allows rain to fall on both the just and the unjust. Proverbs 13:22, Psalms 37, and Matthew 5:45 speak clearly on that issue.
It's time for us to repair, return, and re-establish so that prosperity can return.
Steve Lyston is a biblical economics consultant and author of several books, including 'End Time Finance' and 'The New Millionaire'.