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Where Do We Go From Here? Part XLII

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Where Do We Go From Here?

   The Bible prophets and Jesus, looking to the time of the end, saw many problems.  John, the writer of the last book of the Bible (Revelation) said in chapter 12:12. "Woe to Earth's inhabitants for the devil is come down to you in greater anger" because he knows he has not much time left before his final destruction so he is causing all the problems he can for us.  He would like us to charge these to God so we'll not want to follow Him.
   When we see the problems with employment with some people already losing income from pensions not to mention investments and the problems with the vehicle industry, what is the thing for the government to do?  Should they bail out the industry to save thousands of jobs?  If they do and the industry goes on making cars as usual who can afford to buy them?  There are a lot of cars on the market now and fear of more unemployment as different plants close.
   We have just come through a period of big spending, heavy debt loads, big mortgages, big credit card debts and health problems increasing.  Our lifestyle is dumping more money into the economy and increasing the load on the taxpayer.  Is that the answer to our problems?
   Can the different levels of government and the medical profession solve all our problems?  Is it time we looked inwardly and recognized that just maybe we could help the situation by changing the choices we make.
   The business industry is constantly bombarding us with the new thing, bigger burgers, better phones, just to name a few, trying to create new wants.  We get carried away with wants not needs.
   I wonder if these bailouts and dumping more money that we don't have into the system could do more harm than good.  It could increase want and greed and make things worse.  I think we need a whole new personal approach to the big problem and that approach we can find in the never failing word of God.
   When Jesus was talking to the people about possessions and serving two master's in Matthew, He mentions our striving after food, drinks, clothing and things.  He says in Matthew 6, verse 33, "But seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you."
   The apostle Paul in Corinthians 10:31 says, "Whether therefore ye eat or drink or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God."
   In 3rd John Jesus says through John, "Beloved, I want above all things that you may prosper and be in health even as your soul prospers."  What is this prosperity that God would have us enjoy?  Is it a large accumulation of things and money?  Or is it just enough to meet our daily needs, contribute to the work of God and be able to assist the poor in our society?
   Then God wants us to have good health and how do we have good health?  If we follow God's instructions through Paul for us to eat and drink and live to give glory to God we can have this and God would bless this kind of lifestyle.
   To give glory to God or praise Him for good health we need to omit such things as are not good for us.  Such as things that become addictive.  These things are not only not good for us but also prevent us from making the right choices.  God created us with the ability to choose and if we are servants to something that dictates our next move we are not free.
   Health, happiness, prosperity and doing what is right go together and is blessed by God and brings peace to this life.  Living right is what brings good things. But God, who is the Creator and Giver of all good things also asked for us to worship Him on His day. 
   I invite you to come and worship with us on Saturday (Sabbath) morning at 11 am.  In these times of insecurity and stress Jesus said, "Come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest."
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