By Gena Barnhill @BarnhillGena
When we hear the word POVERTY, we often think of a lack of money. Did you know a spirit of poverty refers to a mindset that embraces a lack of provision or resources—not just money? Areas of provision can include our health, reputation, intelligence, and physical needs such as food, shelter, and clothing—to name a few.
When we live with a mindset of lack, we fear God will not provide for our needs, and we will always be poor in the resources we believe we need. We see examples of the poverty spirit in the Bible.
The Israelite nation flourished under Joseph and multiplied and grew strong. Approximately 400 years later, Pharaoh feared the Israelites and put taskmasters against them to inflict burdens and keep them oppressed. The enslaved Israelites became bitter at the suffering they endured. They forgot about the God of their ancestors and His miraculous provision and focused on their current circumstances, groaning and believing lack was normal. They became entrenched by the spirit of poverty even when God provided a way out through Moses. Their poverty mindset caused them to languish in the wilderness longing for their former slave life in Egypt.How Does the Spirit of Poverty Affect Us? The A-B-C Series on Ancestral Influences #Poverty #healing #generationalcurse Click To Tweet
The spirit of poverty attempts to steal our identity as sons and daughters of God and convince us that we do not have access to God’s abundant resources. When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we inherit God’s wealth of resources. Without Jesus, we are in spiritual poverty. Jesus assured us of God’s provision for our needs in Luke 12:22-31 when He warned against seeking material possessions. In verse 31, Jesus said, “Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you.”
Hebrews 13: 5 says: Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Philippians 4:19 says: And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
The poverty spirit is destructive and holds us captive. To determine if a poverty spirit is holding us hostage, we need to look at the fruit of our lives. Our behaviors demonstrate what we believe.
We need to use our spiritual eyes and not be discouraged by what we see in the natural when we look at our difficult circumstances. If we allow the spirit of poverty to rule our thinking, we will miss the fullness of God’s blessings in our lives. We need to remove the legal right of the spirit of poverty. We cannot allow pride to keep us from recognizing this destructive spirit and renouncing it and repenting.
We have seen the spirit of poverty negatively impact our family members who were considered monetarily wealthy and those who lacked money and lived paycheck to paycheck. It may seem odd that having large amounts of money does not guarantee freedom from the poverty spirit. When accumulating money becomes a person’s number one goal, this becomes a stronghold that keeps them in bondage. Money becomes an idol and controls them.
We need to recognize we are overcomers, not slaves or victims to the poverty spirit. We are wealthy in God’s economy, not poor.
A– Abundantly blessed
T– Thriving, not just surviving
Y– Your beloved child
Before I share a prayer with you, I would love for you to have an opportunity to chime in. How has this blog post helped you recognize the spirit of poverty?
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** Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV).
Lord, as a blessed child of God, I choose to forgive the past generations’ sins associated with the spirit of poverty. I renounce all negative influences of my ancestors and their effects on me, based on the finished work of Christ on the cross. I ask You to forgive me for the ways I have partnered with the spirit of poverty by believing the enemy’s lies that You will not provide all I need. I receive your blessings and replace the spirit of poverty with your rich blessings on my life.
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