Patterns of Poverty and Prosperity
This topic is obviously much longer than I can cover in a weekly newsletter, but I’m sure you would agree with me that there are specific patterns of thought, behaviour, activity, and therefore results that repeat to produce either prosperity or poverty. We see downward spirals into poverty whenever basic needs are restricted and people attempt to fill voids through other means that eventually lead to immoral, addictive or illegal activities which produce an increasing decline into further poverty.
You see this same cycle work in reverse towards prosperity when there are freedoms and rewards and encouragement from the fulfilment of desires.
Both poverty and prosperity leave patterns that God has shown us in His Word, but sadly in our society today His Word has become something many people convince themselves they don’t need because they have believed the lie that they know what the Word says. This seed of doubt expands to a mindset that has many people believing the Word of God isn’t relevant for our culture today because they say, ‘we have evolved in our thinking and have new information’. Haha! If they actually read the Word they’d quickly realize we aren’t the first society in human history to adopt this self-centred, prideful attitude ultimately leading people to seek fulfilment of desires through outside effort. There is a self-focus in this prideful attitude that will always lead to some sort of restriction because we’re human and have limitations.
But God promises blessings, increase and prosperity to those who seek Him with all their heart (see Jeremiah 29:11-13). Prosperity obviously means different things to different people everywhere, but prosperity of your body and soul (your mind, will and emotions) is God’s plan (for example see, Genesis 1:20 and 3 John 2) and He ‘brings no painful toil with it’ (Proverbs 10:22).
The word blessing means to ’empower’. God’s blessing of mankind gives us his Power to produce wealth ‘Deuteronomy 8:18). Why? to confirm the covenant God made with our ancestors and confirmed with the shed blood of His son, Jesus.
The way we connect with God is through prayer and His Word. Neither of which require much skill because the bible is available in so many different formats to be accessible even if people can’t read or see, but the idea of spending time with God for many people means a sacrifice of time. We are to pray continually (1 Thessalonians 5:17) so if we’re too busy to pray it means something in our life has been restricted or is influenced by something other than God and the pattern of poverty has been triggered because we’re believing the lie that ‘we’ have to ‘do’ something – hence, we’re operating on self-effort and understanding which is limited.
Why do so many God-loving, God-fearing Christians act like this? Because it’s all they’ve even known, and their thinking is constantly reinforced by well-intentioned bible believing teachers, and financial advisors, who have been taught to ‘manage money’.
We’ve been taught to manage what we can see, and what is limited, and what is under Satan’s control – instead of operating under the unlimited mindset of Christ.
I have found that the more I pray, the more time I have and I know many others who say the same thing. It doesn’t make sense to our natural human mind that wants to see and know how things are going to come together, but God’s ways are higher than our ways (Isaiah 55:8-9). God reveals things to our spirit that give us wisdom, strength, and peace to our racing minds when we pray. And when we pray together according to Matthew 18:19-20 where Jesus tell us, “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them” we step into an environment where Ephesians 3:19-20 can be realized in our lives: “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”
Poverty begins when something is limited, which will lead to intimidation and isolation.
Prosperity begins in community, when ideas are fueled by the unlimited creative Power of the Holy Spirit to produce something of value that benefits many and confirms God’s blessings of goodness, grace, mercy and unlimited love!