Text: John 8:31-36, Deuteronomy 8:18
Why do we have the poor in our society and the church? Is it ok and Godly to be poor? Why is our faith not able to impact our finances? Do you need money or abundant wealth? Are you considered poor or rich, where do you think you stand on this social divide?
God gives the power to make wealth so that He can prove His covenant. The STARTING POINT of wealth is KNOWLEDGE! The renewing of the mind is pivotal to changing your Christian experience. God’s Kingdom that we belong to is not visible to physical eyes, it dwells within us (see Luke 17:12) and our spirits have been relocated to His Kingdom because the moment we were saved there was an IMMEDIATE translation and relocation of the real you (Colossians 1:13-14)
The relocation is not a process. It occurred immediately and your name was written in the LAMB’S BOOK OF LIFE (Revelations 21:27). We have been translated into the new kingdom with rights and privileges credited to us as brand new creations (2 Corinthians 5:17). We need to renew our minds to keep abreast with what took place in the spirit (Romans 12:2). It’s your responsibility to get acquainted with the workings of the new kingdom.
Regular church attendance creates the environment for the ‘constitution’ called the ‘Gospel of Christ’ to be imparted into our hearts so we can function as Kingdom citizens (Jeremiah 31:33, Romans 2:15), so guard your heart… It’s only citizens of His kingdom that manifest and demonstrate His kingdom (Romans 8:19). This is because Jesus, the Supreme Ruler of the kingdom has handed authority of the kingdom to believers in Christ (Matthew 28:18-20).
It is manageable but not acceptable to be poor? You can be part of a rich kingdom and be poor. Poverty doesn’t glorify God in any way (Proverbs 10:15).
So who is poor and how is poverty defined?
Being poor has been given several definitions, such as:
- Having little money of few possessions or lacking something important.
- According to Cambridge – online, to be poor is to lack sufficient money to live at a standard considered comfortable or normal in a society.
However, Pastor Tunde Adisa defines the poor as that person who lacks the capacity to recognise or seize opportunities through the creation of value. Being poor has nothing to do with MONEY OR CASH.
- Poverty is a choice for a Christian
- God’s kingdom is a prosperous kingdom and superior to your current physical country
- Poverty is not righteousness
- To be poor is selfishness. If you decide to remain in poverty you can’t really help or touch other people’s lives
It is not acceptable to wallow in poverty. This syndrome has ravaged lives and damaged destinies and it should be hated with a passion. Even the politicians who encourage poverty by giving a pittance to voters know that as long as the people remain in poverty, they will continue to be oppressed by the politicians. Poverty in any form, extreme or moderate, is despicable and must not be condoned. It is poverty that makes people amass so much wealth by stealing and they keep stealing, such must also stop.
Poverty is not just the availability or scarcity of cash or money. You can get out of poverty by a change of your mindset, claim your portion in His Kingdom, work hard and smart. You are neither poor nor permitted to be. Your wealth is based on the finished work of Christ and you should not be measured by the volume of your account balance.
May God flood our hearts with knowledge and insight on the things that He has freely given to us as we dedicate our lives to Him.