The prosperity of the 1920s came to an end with the beginning of the Great Depression. The collapsing stock market triggered severe economic decline. Intoxicated with the optimism of the times, a false sense of security had left people unprepared for the difficult years that would follow.

Those who lived through the depression learned their lives could change quickly. One day, they had plenty; money, a home, a job, and plans for the future. The next day, all of this was gone.

Many were without work. Some lost their life’s savings. Countless people were homeless and struggled to find enough money to buy their next meal. 

It is natural to be concerned about our daily lives. We think about our jobs, our homes, our families, and our friends. We track our retirement funds and make vacation plans. But unless we keep our focus on God, we are living with a false sense of security.

The Bible reminds us that before Christ returns, many people will be doing what they want to do. Just as it was in the days of Noah and Lot, few will follow the ways of God (see Luke 17:26-30). There will be a lack of godly love, affection, gratitude, and respect for others. Giving little thought to eternity, people will be self-centered and lack self-control. They will be treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God (see 2 Timothy 3:4).

Are you prepared for His coming? Don’t be caught unaware as were those during the Great Depression. Keep your heart and mind focused on God and His Word. Do not be a lover of self, money, or pleasure. Rather, love God and seek Him above all else, and you will discover true prosperity. 

Prayer: Lord, help me to clearly see You and Your wondrous love for me so that I might live in eager anticipation of Your return. May I seek You above all else and know that You alone are my fortress and great reward. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken” (Psalm 16:8).

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About The Author

Dr. Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

Even before he was born, it is clear that God had a vision for Michael Youssef. His mother was in poor health when she became pregnant with Michael, and because his life was in danger at the time of birth, the doctor recommended terminating the pregnancy. An abortion was scheduled. But God intervened and sent the family pastor to reassure them that God was involved in this pregnancy. He told them not to be afraid and that the child would be "born to serve the Lord." Michael's parents accepted the pastor's message as a message from God and obeyed. His mother gave birth, and lived to see him give his life to the Lord at the age of sixteen.

Believing that God had called him out of Egypt, Michael sought an exit visa in a time in which no university student was allowed to have a passport or leave the country. God intervened again, and miraculously he managed to acquire a visa. He immigrated to Australia, where he studied at Moore Theological College in Sydney, was ordained as a pastor, and met Elizabeth who became his wife.

The Youssefs came to America in 1977, and in 1978 Michael received a master's degree in theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in California. Then he earned a doctorate in social anthropology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Michael served nearly ten years in the Haggai Institute, traveling around the world more than 32 times, teaching courses in evangelism and leadership. He rose to the position of Managing Director at the age of 31 years. The family settled in Atlanta, and in 1984, Michael became a citizen of the United States, making his dream of many years come true.

He founded The Church of The Apostles in 1987 with fewer than 40 adults with the mission of "Equipping the Saints and Searching for the Lost". The church has since grown to be a congregation of over 3,000 people today. This church has driven the international ministry of Leading the Way. While it is heard by millions at home and abroad, behind every message preached through radio waves, is the heart of a pastor, willing to nurture and care for these people. Clearly God has uniquely equipped Dr. Youssef to speak to a global audience. The path he has taken has given him an understanding and firm grasp of the Scriptures that transcend cultures. He preaches, teaches and calls with a sincere, based on the authority of the inerrant, inspired Word of God. With his personal knowledge of the Holy Land, its history and culture, Dr. Michael Youssef transmits life to listeners all over the world.

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