God’s Antidote For Poverty

Jesus came preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom.

And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. MATTHEW 9:35

This Gospel is a good news message to the poor (Luke 4:18,19 and Isaiah 61:1,2).

The Kingdom of God coming is good news to poor folks.

What we have not understood is that the Gospel is first and foremost a message that liberates people from penury and lack. Of course, the Early Church knew this and certain groups since have known it, such as the Puritans. The so-called social gospel is fine but it is built upon human endeavour and human empathy. The true Gospel of God is supernatural and based on miracle power and divine compassion. Giving a man a few cans of beans to feed his family for a few days is not the same as breaking centuries of curse and kicking out spirits of lack and poverty from the man’s life.

We must grasp once and for all that the roots of poverty are spiritual. Poverty is a spirit. Destitution is a spirit. Debt is a spirit. These spirits are sent to oppress and keep man down in the pit of despair and misery.

Part of this is to understand that in the spirit, things are often the reverse from the natural. For example, in the natural we see depression as the result of poverty. But this is not how it is in the spirit realm. The truth is that depression is the cause of poverty. This is because what we call depression is actually oppression.

Think of the Great Depression as we call it. What happened? Well, people got poor and then got depressed, right? In the natural, yes, that’s what looked to have happened. But the truth is that all the riches that were there prior to the Great Depression were still there. All the gold didn’t vanish. The coal and salt and diamonds were still in all the mines. The money was still in existence. The mansions that people lived in were still standing.

What actually happened was that men were deceived by spirits of fear and oppression to believe they lacked. It’s interesting that many fortunes were made during the Great Depression by people who refused to give in to fear and saw opportunity where others feared ruin. Instead of looking at share certificates and seeing security, people looked at them and saw disaster.

Of course, part of this was because people trusted in uncertain riches and not in the infinite supply of YHWH Yireh. But the truth is that fear spread like a virus and wiped out the economy.

You must deal with the root of the problem. That root is not in the natural. Poverty is not just a natural thing. Nor is it mental, which is why positive thinking has limited value when it comes to liberating people from poverty and failure.

The solution to poverty is found in the spirit.

That is why Jesus said to decree: “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven.” This prayer is a thermonuclear weapon against forces of poverty and indebtedness. The Kingdom is a kingdom of supply. It is the answer to poverty. It is good news to a poor man because there is no lack, penury or impoverishment in the Kingdom. Neither is there just getting by, just barely enough or even enough. The Kingdom is one of opulence, superabundance and luxury beyond human imaginings.

God does not want us to settle for enough. Yes,we should be content that our needs are met. But that is only the starting point. The Puritans understood this. They lived lives of modest comfort and even frugality – while stockpiling huge fortunes in business which they used to fund the building of churches, universities and schools.

You can be a multi-billionaire and you are supposed to be. As long as you retain the heart of a steward. And there is nothing wrong with you enjoying your wealth, either.

I believe God wants to take us all to the place where we are all so rich that we get bored with wealth and the only real fun we get with it is to bless others with it. This is what 2 Corinthians 9:8 is all about:

 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. 2 CORINTHIANS 9:8 NKJV

God wants to bring you to a place where you give out of your plenty, not your shortage. This might not be what prosperity preachers tell you but it is Bible. Now, there is nothing wrong with you giving out of your lack. You can find that in the Bible, too. But we need to move beyond a place where we see prosperity is about our giving and to a place where we see it is about the Giver. You don’t get rich by giving. You get rich by being saved. Jesus bore your poverty and gave you His riches (2 Corinthians 8:9). Prosperity is not a works issue; it is a FAVOUR issue, thank God!

Jesus died to get Abraham’s billionaire blessing upon you (Galatians 3:13,14). You are redeemed from the curse, which includes the curse of poverty, failure and oppressiion. It doesn’t matter how many generations of your ancestors lived in hardship and penury – the truth is, YOU don’t have to.

Salvation is not just about the sweet by and by; it is also for the here and now. God has equipped every believer with all that is necessary to go from a life of failure, want and destitution to one of victory, success, wealth and honour. He has made us kings and priests in His Kingdom.

God has crowned you with glory and honour. Reign in life, dear brother and sister!