Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Surviving Tough Economic Times

Is your Biblical homeschool curriculum teaching your sons and daughters how to survive tough economic times? If you want to prepare them for the future, their studies must include the following truths: first, it must teach the Sovereignty of God. Sons who embrace Biblical manhood and daughters who value Biblical womanhood must understand the Sovereignty of God. He is in control of all things. Prosperity and/or famine are not new nor do they leave Him wondering what to do. He has ordained all things and works them out for their spiritual good.

Second, a godly curriculum must teach them not to fear the future. Hard times are opportunities for us to bring the gospel to a culture disintegrating and frightened. Instead of fearing the future we need to train our children to fear the living God. We are to worship God in all things and at all times. As Paul said in Philippians 4:12-13, "I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength. NIV" If we are to survive tough economic times we must show our children how to worship God.

Third, a Biblical curriculum must teach our sons and daughters how to use their gifts to do the work God has called them to do. This must be done in accordance with what the Scripture says about the roles and responsibilities of men and women. As Kevin Swanson of Generations With Vision says in an audio message entitled How Families Can Thrive in Tough Economic Times, "Start now....start today....you've got to build your own family systems (in preparation for the tough times)....I hope you're raising your daughters to be a Proverbs 31 woman. I hope you're raising your sons to be men of God, deacons in the Church of Jesus Christ. Because our families, our churches, our culture will be crying out for it (charity and love) twenty years from now."

Finally, a godly curriculum must teach character and integrity. Be deliberate and intentional in your instruction. Make sure you are creating for your children a Biblical homeschool curriculum. Tough times require strong men and women of God. The Church of Jesus Christ must be ready to show the world that the Sovereign Lord blesses the nations that fear Him.

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